The Ismaili Centre, Dubai was recently recognised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) with the inaugural Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Award.
The award — whose establishment was announced in March 2009 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai — recognises individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution towards the development of Dubai’s cultural sector. Over 50 patrons of the arts were honoured this year, and according to Dubai Culture, they have collectively “contributed more than AED 220 million towards the arts sector of Dubai over the past three years.”
Naushad Rashid, President of the Ismaili Council for the UAE, received the award at a ceremony held on 18 March 2010. The presentation was made in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.
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