It was announced on Sunday that Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz has been declared the 2002 winner of the Shaikh Rashid Prize for Humanitarian of the Year, obtaining more than half of the votes in the contest.
The announcement was made by Shaikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Department and Head of Emirates Airlines, who said the award was "in recognition of the vital role he has played in charitable and humanitarian works at regional and Arab levels". Chargé d'affaires to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Muhammad Abdullah Al-Ghamdi commented that Prince Sultan is "a man who dedicates himself and his time for the service of humanitarian purposes not in the Kingdom only; his humanitarian services extended to cover the Arab and Islamic world". Previous winners of the prize include Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz; Dubai's Crown Prince and Minister of Defense General Shaikh Muhammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum; Shaikah Fatimah bint Mubarak, the wife of the UAE President; and Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Deputy Governor of Dubai and UAE's Minister of Finance and Industry.
On hearing of the award, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz commented yesterday: "There are those who are better qualified than I am, both in the Kingdom and in other Arab countries."