H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid honors the winners of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices 25 February 2015
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, honored 11 winners of the 10th Dubai International Award for Best Practices to improve the living environment, in a ceremony organized by the Dubai Municipality at Dubai’s Cultural and Scientific Association.
In his speech, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, praised H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum support which ensures the award’s sustainability and its significant status on the international level.
“With the cooperation between Dubai Municipality and the UN-Habitat, the award has been launched in 1995 and went through many stages of development. Among the main goals of the award is to discover the distinguished practices all over the world and transfer the good ones to the other communities”, he said.
“Through its 10th edition, the award attracted 460 practice posts from 60 countries, and they have been sorted and studied by 14 experts, technicians and scientific personalities”, he added. 
During the ceremony, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid delivered the trophies to the representatives of the winning initiatives. Regarding the Best Practices Category, the winning projects are My Garden Project from Argentina, Community-Based Ecotourism in Chi Phat from Cambodia, National Quality Standards within Institutional Homes for Children without Parental Care from Egypt, Women From Guinea Bissau Obtain The Legal Title of Land They Work in from Guinea Bissau, Kibera Productive Public Space Project from Kenya and Pontevedra, a model for the city centered on people, from Spain.
In the Transfer Award Category, it went to Ghana for Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative and to Nicaragua for Solar Cookers project.
In the University Research Category, it went to Menos Basura, mas Ambiente (Less Garbage more Environment) from Argentina and Tracing Public Space project from India. As for the Personal Award Category, it went to Diebedo Francis Kere from Burkina Faso.