(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Diversification efforts that allow an increasing number of women to contribute to various male-dominated sectors such as the energy sector will continue to play an important role across the UAE in the next few years, experts said at Enoc Group's inaugural Women in Energy Awards.
The event honoured eight women in a ceremony held to recognise women's achievements within Dubai's energy sector. The biennial awards which were previously announced on 'Emirati Women's Day' in August of 2017 saw several strong entries from nine government entities across three major categories.
Nada Jasim from RTA and Maryam Obaid Al Mheiri from Dubai Municipality were declared winners of the 'Best Woman Leader in Energy Sector' within the business category, while Salha Ali Aldisi from Dewa was recognised as the 'Best Professional Personality in Energy Sector' under the professional category. Fatma Essa Almuhairi from Dewa took home the 'Best CSR Contribution in Energy Sector' award in the social category.
The other winners were Dr. Dina Mohamed Ibrahim from Dewa and Niveen Al Kendy from Enoc Group in the 'Best Woman Technocrat in Energy Sector' awards; while Noora Ahmad Ali Abdulrahman from Dewa and Shamma Al Falasi from Enoc Group won the 'Best Young Woman Leader in Energy Sector' award.
"The UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed, strongly believed that the progress and development of our society can only be achieved when we empower women, encourage their participation and enable their professional growth," said Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO at Enoc, adding that through these awards, Enoc aims to provide women with a platform to recognise their work ethic and longstanding success.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Noora Ahmad Ali Abdulrahman, project support engineer at Dewa, said that she was delighted to be one of the winners. "Awards such as these really prove the focus and dedication that the wise leadership of the UAE is showing towards encouraging women in the energy sector. The energy sector is going to play a vital role in the future of the UAE's economy, especially as the country shifts away from its dependence on oil. We will see more of a focus on renewable and sustainable energy, and an increasing contribution from women in the sector at all levels of the organisation."
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