18 Nov 2015 18:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won four coveted accolades at the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance (ADAEP) 2015.
Under the patronage of His
Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and
Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive
Council of Abu Dhabi, the awards were presented at a glittering ceremony held last
night at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The awards, presented by
His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and
Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, were attended by top government
Excellency Hamad Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman of Etihad Airways Board, and members
of Etihad Airways senior management.
More than 50 Abu Dhabi government-owned
entities competed for the awards, organised by the Office of the Abu Dhabi
Excellence Program, part of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of
the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The awards were divided into three categories – entities,
projects/teams and individuals.
Etihad Airways won an award
in each of the three categories. In the first category, the airline received
the awards of Excellent Entity in Human Resources Development and Excellent
Entity in Risk Management and Sustainable Business. In the second category, the
airline received the ADAEP Project/Team award for Outstanding Internal
Improvement for its Performance Management and Winning Behaviours project. The
awards were accepted by HE
Hamad Al Shamsi.
In addition, Etihad
Airways’ Head of Aircrafts Warranty and Guarantee, Mohamed Abdulla Al Katheeri,
was honoured with the Chairman of the Executive Council Medal for Best Employee
in Technical Field.
Etihad Airways was also
nominated in three further award categories including the Project/Team Award
for Technical Excellence, and Best Executive Director and Best Employee in
Customer Service Field (Supervisory) in the individuals award category, for
which Dr Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Medical Services, and Fatima
Al Kharousi, the airline’s first Emirati female airport manager in Japan, were
James Hogan, Etihad
Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are extremely proud
to win four accolades at the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government
Performance, one of the highest honours to be received by an Abu Dhabi
“These awards are testament
to our culture of performance and the spirit of innovation that is embedded in the
DNA of Etihad Airways. We continually strive to lead the way in excellence in
everything we do and this recognition will help us sustain our position as one
of the foremost brands in the UAE.”
The awards acknowledge
exceptional government employees, departments and initiatives, and recognise
their role in encouraging a culture of excellence, quality and transparency
within their organisations.
An independent panel of ADAEP assessors evaluated
Etihad Airways’ submissions, in addition to conducting site visits and meeting
the airline’s teams and individuals at its Head Office and the Etihad Airways
Centre in Abu Dhabi for more detailed assessments.