Addressing the honoring ceremony held on the fringe of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2018) in Sharjah, the Sharjah ruler congratulated all the winners, highlighting that everyone won through the pursuit of excellence and development, and the belief in the importance of effective communication mechanisms.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, said: “During the past five years, the Sharjah Government Communication Award, the first of its kind in the Arab world that was launched in 2012 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah - has successfully documented many outstanding practices and experiences in the field of government communications, inspiring and driving competitiveness among our professionals. This reflects the development in work ethics and systems as well as further enhances our skills and approaches."
He underscored the continuing commitment of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau to further improve the culture of government communication in the region by supporting programs and initiatives that advance the profession’s knowledge and skills and make a significant contribution to the UAE’s Government Communication Strategy.
He emphasized that the award is constantly working to develop various categories and mechanisms, and has been conducting studies to ensure continuous improvement.
He added that the current edition has witnessed major changes in terms of innovation and the quality of contributions, making an important addition to the award.
Madhi Al-Khamis, the Secretary General of the Arab Media Forum and member of
the Award’s judging panel, stressed that the Sharjah Government Communication Award
has, year after year, demonstrated the UAE leadership’s commitment to
highlighting the best methods in communication with members of society and
showcasing best practices in the government communications in the UAE and the
Gulf as well as new developments in the sector.
noted that the Award has been inspiring the staff of government communications
departments in various institutions and agencies to push for advancement and
constantly develop their skills.
He pointed out that this year, the Sharjah Award has registered an increase of 40%, having received 239 submissions from within the UAE and from across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. It has also had a significant increase in the number of categories, which has now reached 17, comprising 13 selected categories and four candidate categories.
Al-Khamis explained that the “Best Media Crisis Management” category has been removed from the roster as entries failed to comply with the specified terms and conditions.
Sharjah Book Authority was named as one of the winners of the 5thedition of the Sharjah Government
The Sharjah Book Authority won the Best Practices in Government Communication.
The Directorate of Town Planning and Survey copped the Best Government Website award.
The Friends of Cancer Patients won the Best Practices in Social Responsibility - UAE.
Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, the CEO of the Sharjah
Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), received the Best Official
Spokesperson while the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime won the
Best Government Communication Campaign outside UAE.
The Department of Economic Development Ajman snatched the award of the Best Government Application - GCC.
Faisal Al-Naqbi and Ahmed Al-Wali won the Best Youth Initiative for their joint graduation research, while Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) received the Best Media Initiative in Government Communication GCC.
The Sheikh Zayed Housing Program was honored for Best Government Intercommunication Practice, UAE.
The Abu Dhabi Police GHQ took the award of the Best Government Communication Strategy, UAE, while the Ministry of Health and Prevention won the award of the Best Government Communication Campaign, UAE and GCC.
The Directorate of Public Works in Sharjah received the award for Best Government Social Media Engagement, UAE and GCC.
For the selected categories, the National Archives at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs won the Best Communication Plan Award for Year of Zayed – UAE in recognition of the national initiative themed “Hundred”, which promotes the values celebrated by the Year of Zayed, highlighting the achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed, and identifying the most important events in his life and time.
Al-Olayani earned the Best Media Personality – Arab World for his outstanding
contributions in spreading national, cultural and social messages.
The Sharjah Media Corporation was awarded the Leadership in Media covering the Arab region for its contribution to enriching the media landscape in the UAE and the region by providing outstanding media coverage.
Finally, Munther Al-Muzaki was named the Influential Social Media Personality in Service of Public Interest, for his distinctive contributions and many social and humanitarian initiatives that he shares with his followers through social media platforms.
The Sharjah Government Communication Award promotes best practices in the government communications sector at the national and regional level and supports landmark achievements and innovations in this vital sector.