SEDD Celebrates 17th Annual Ceremony


Sharjah Economic Development Department “SEDD” celebrated its 17th Annual Ceremony last Wednesday in Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre. The Ceremony was attended by the distinguished employees who received the distinguished employee award in recognition of their important role in achieving the objectives of the Department and the Government of Sharjah. This Annual Ceremony was held to showcase the achievements the Department during the year, which was achieved thanks to the hard work and effort exerted by all its employees to communicate its mission and to present its vision, objectives and strategies in providing its best services to clients.

The Ceremony began with UAE national anthem, followed by the Holy Quran, then a short video about SEDD’s achievements in 2018. After that, HE Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, SEDD Chairman, gave his speech at which he welcomed the guests and praised the efforts placed by the employees, calling them to keep the good work for more attainments in the future.  

HE also added that such Ceremony highlights the goals and objectives placed for the year of Zayed which SEDD focused on and has witnessed many achievements and initiatives carried out since the beginning of the year. The Chairman also stated that the Department was capable of maintaining the sustainable development of the Emirate’s economy according to the wise directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

In addition, HE emphasized in his speech that the success of the Department enhances the success of all without exception, pointing out that SEDD is responsible for building a strong relationship with its employees by adding to their abilities and developing the conditions and reasons for preparing competent employees with the necessary skill and creativity. He stated that all of this will help in placing good plans that will support the process adopted by the Department and the Government of Sharjah to place clear guidance in establishing stable and professional standards to raise the level of performance, creating a work environment that stimulates creativity and excellence, and always work to provide the best.

Furthermore, HE illustrated that through this Annual Ceremony, the Department honors outstanding employees whose efforts have had a clear impact on the work environment in which they work. He added that SEDD is keen on to provide a stimulating and encouraging environment for creativity and excellence. Then, he carried on that the Department pays great attention to its employees because they are the basis for any successful work and the main component at any developmental plan. Thus, SEDD seeks to attain more accomplishments and future projects that need everyone’s efforts.

After that, a short documentary film of the latest developments and leadership program that was held in SEDD was played. Then, the members, lecturers, organizers and participants of leadership program were honored.

Later on, Ali Al Naqbi, Deputy Director of IT Department and Head of Excellence Committee, said that the Department is celebrating its distinguished employees at such event whom worked hard to attain such place and to be chosen in the Excellence Award. He added that the number of candidates for this year reached 28 candidates, including the ten winners, pointing out that the rate of candidates has increased by 3% compared to last year. Likely, the number of applied suggestions increased by 35% and social responsibility initiatives hit an increment of 32%.

Then, Al Naqbi added that the excellence awards have expanded to include multiple categories. These categories included individual, specialized, and team awards. They are divided into 16 different categories covering all aspects of the Department's work and management. The award includes categories such as Administrative Support, Customer Service, Technical Support, Teams and Committees, Commercial Officer, Distinguished Head of Division, Distinguished Head or Deputy Head of Section, Distinguished Head or Deputy Head of Branch, Distinguished Representative and Archive Officer, Distinguish Office Boy, Community Service Award, Creativity and Innovation Award, Outstanding Management Team Award at the level of departments , and Distinguished Work Team Award at SEDD level. The winners are selected according to the most important criteria such as their performance, achievements, professionalism, community tasks, good citizenship, creativity and innovation.

Moreover, one of the graduates gave a speech on behalf od the other graduated employees. Through the speech, the graduated employee expressed his thanks and gratitude to SEDD for supporting students and following the footsteps of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, whom calls for always seeking knowledge and facilitating procedures of working students in the Government of Sharjah. He carried on the graduates are committed to implementing what they have learned in developing institutional work by introducing bright ideas and devising innovative as well as sustainable solutions to meet the challenges facing the Emirate in general and the Department in particular and contribute to its growth and prosperity.

In the end, the employees whom obtained master's and bachelor's degrees were honored. After that entertainment and competitions were held for the employees. Prizes and valuable gifts were also presented to the winners of the competitions.