By Modupe Gbadeyanka
In recognition of his outstanding social initiatives, Managing Director of Emirates Auction, Mr Abdulla Matar Al Mannaei, has been announced winner of the annual Best CEO Award 2016 in Corporate Social Responsibility category.
Presented by CEO Middle East Magazine, a publication of the ITP, the leading publishing group in Dubai, the annual award honors the best CEOs and executive directors in the region, in different categories.
The coveted award has been conferred upon Mr Al Mannaei in recognition of his outstanding efforts in social responsibility, and his commitment to launch innovative initiatives in the service of the UAE community.
Mr Al Mannaei’s efforts included support to poverty alleviation programs and empowerment of the less fortunate and vulnerable people in the fields of education and healthcare; these goals are accomplished in collaboration with leading humanitarian and charity organizations.
He received the award from Mr Ali Akawi, Managing Director at ITP Publishing Group, during the award ceremony that took place on (Monday , 19th of September) at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.
Commenting on the award, Mr Al Mannaei said. “Since its inception, the Emirates Auction has been committed to the culture of giving in the UAE. This achievement is a testimony to the dedication of the team and their eagerness to give back to community, improve the lives of people in need, and put a smile on the faces of the less fortunate people”.
He added: “We are constantly striving to support the contribution of businesses in social development. These efforts are part of our corporate vision, mission and strategic plans in Emirates Auction. We are committed to the vision of our prudent leadership in the UAE, which guides businesses to take their social responsibility further and enhance the social security, stability and prosperity in the UAE”.
Since its inception in 2004, the Emirates Auction has contributed to numerous charitable, social and humanitarian initiatives. The company raised AED150,000 during an auction held at the end of Beyond Borders to provide emergency relief to victims of Philippine typhoon. Emirates Auction raised a total of AED89.9 million for Al Jalila Foundation, a UAE based philanthropic organization.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Emirates Auction held a charity auction for the Reading Nation campaign, last June, to raise funds in support of the educational programs for the underprivileged students in schools across the world. The auction’s sales have amounted to over AED41 million in total.
The ITP’s CEO Awards recognize excellence, innovation and outstanding accomplishments of business leaders in the Middle East.