Special Recognition

Hero of the Pandemic (World Leader)

Hero of the Pandemic (World Leader)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for governments around the world, yet extraordinary times bring out extraordinary qualities in leaders.

Tough decisions need to be made very quickly, meaning wise leadership has been essential to ensure public health is safeguarded while the wheels of commerce and industry are kept turning. Finding the right balance is not easy and something the winner of this special award has demonstrated consistently during these challenging times.

The winner of this year’s award has also had the courage of his convictions to keep the UAE’s space program on track and oversee the successful arrival of the Hope Probe on Mars, all whilst during the difficulties of the pandemic, in a move that lifted spirits and brought hope and wonder to millions around the world.

This award is a very special opportunity to recognize a figure that has displayed a great level of vision, leadership and resilience during these most difficult times. We are delighted to announce this year’s Hero of the Pandemic is the Ruler of Dubai, HH, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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