Award Ceremony
2002 Dubai International Awards for Best Practices

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2-3 November 2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, presented the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (DIABP) to 10 exemplary initiatives which brought about significant changes to cities and communities in Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Lebanon, Namibia, and Spain.

The award ceremony was held at Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, a historic building overlooking Dubai Creek. Congratulatory speeches by Qassim Sultan, Director-General, Dubai Municipality and Daniel Biau, Deputy Executive Director, UNHABITAT were read.

Earlier in the day, Sheikh Hamdan unveiled an eight-meter replica of the award trophy installed by Dubai Municipality on Al Seef Street, overlooking Dubai Creek. The monument will stand as a permanent tribute to the contribution of the Dubai Award in the global quest for sustainable urbanisation and the improvement of people's living conditions.

The practices that received the award were:

  1. Gender and Citizenship within the Integrated Programme for Social Inclusion in Santo Andre, Brazil.
  2. The Mothers Centres International Network.
  3. The Humanitarian News Agency, "Red Solidaria", Argentina
  4. Action Programme for Sustainable Guangzhou, China
  5. Liveable Region Strategic Plan (LRSP) for the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Canada
  6. Protection and Rehabilitation of the Historical World Heritage, Santiago de Compoistela Spain
  7. Area Based Assessment Of Property Tax in Patna, Bihar (India)
  8. Relocation of Backyard Tenants, Namibia
  9. Program for the Protection of the Environment - Pr.A.P.E., Benin
  10. Women's Contribution in Sustainable Rural Development, Deir el Ahmar, Lebanon

In his welcome speech, Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Chairman of the 11-member DIABP Board of Trustees, said the objective of making a submission to the award was not only to win it but also to enable others to make use of and learn from the best practices.
"A number of countries and organizations concerned with improving the living standards of their people have already done so by transferring their best practices and expertise to others. This is what we really are aiming for," he remarked. These types of commendable works were not new to the United Arab Emirates as the region has always sought to encourage projects that serve humanity, he added.

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