Making the announcement, H.H. Sheikha Wafa, said: “HMH Celebrity is a tribute to exceptional women who are playing an extraordinary role in the UAE society be it in the field of art, literature, culture, sports, environment, healthcare, human welfare or public life. What connects all these women is a passionate need to transcend the limitations of their lives – to change the world for the better – while grappling with their own place in it. We want this award to be one of the most coveted trophies bestowed on those real women who make such a difference to life.
Highlighting the significance of the award, Mr Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO, HMH, stated, “Through this award we endeavor to honour women, who through their exceptional work, become pillars of our community but very often go unrecognized. Every month we wish to honour one such special woman who through her determination pushes limits of her boundaries to achieve excellence in her field. We are truly grateful to H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum for extending her support to this initiative. The programme will not only be limited to recognizing women who take up social or charitable causes but rather anyone who has been playing a part in enriching lives. End of the year, out of the 12 winners, one will be presented with the HMH Celebrity of the Year Award at a gala ceremony.”
The selection process is equally simple and transparent. The nominees can be of any nationality but should be based in the UAE. They should have done something exemplary that qualifies them to be a role model for others. No individual can be nominated two years in a row neither is it open to any HMH employee. The winners will be chosen by a special committee of judges headed by H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, two prominent journalists, two experts from the same field as the nominee and two top executives from HMH. The first winner will be announced shortly by the end of the January, 2014.
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