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Mubadala youth award to celebrate positive contributions to UAE society

Nominations now open with winners announced at October 2015 Forum which will focus on helping Emirati youth transition “From College to Career”


Abu Dhabi, August 18, 2015 – Mubadala today announced the launch of nominations for the second edition of its Youth Award, which will recognize three young inspirational UAE nationals for their positive impact on society. Registration for the fifth edition of the popular Mubadala Youth Forum, which takes place on 7 October, 2015 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) is also now open. 

The Youth Award recognizes young Emiratis who are driven, ambitious and committed to contributing to the community. Open to young Emiratis between the ages of 7-25, the awards program is now open for nominations through Mubadala’s youth portal, Weyana. The winners will be awarded on stage at ADNEC, during the annual Mubadala Youth Forum, following in the footsteps of last year’s winners Hamad Al Kaabi, Mishal Al Marzooqi and Alia Al Hazami who were all recognized for their inspirational achievements.  

Commenting on the launch, Nadine Saleh Hassan, Head of Integrated Marketing and Outreach at Mubadala, said:

“The Mubadala Youth Award program is designed to help inspire young people by showcasing stories of youth across the UAE who are a true source of pride, with the hope that this causes a ripple effect. We are looking forward to receiving inspiring applications for the Award and highlighting some of these at the Forum.”

She added:  “Through these and a range of other Mubadala initiatives, we are committed to helping young Emiratis realize the important role they will play in the UAE’s future. With this year’s theme of From College to Career, our aim is to extend the benefit of the event beyond information and insights, to skills and tools that will help students see tangible results in their chosen career paths.” 

Now in its fifth year, the Mubadala Youth Forum aims to raise awareness on the opportunities available to young Emiratis in Abu Dhabi through hands-on workshops and in-depth talks by leading figures. 

This year’s forum will feature a number of talks and engaging interactive workshops on the “From College to Career” theme. The dynamic talks by influential leaders will engage students with topics on career readiness and the progression from higher education to the job market. Through the Youth Award and Forum, Mubadala aims to support an environment which empowers the UAE’s future generation, and enable young nationals to actively contribute to the nation’s future.

Last year’s Youth Forum was attended by hundreds of students from across the UAE. It offered students the opportunity to interact with Emirati business leaders and role models as they consider the varied career opportunities at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s economic development. The event concluded on a high note with students attending a workshop that provided practical experience with interview skills and emphasized the importance of teamwork and interpersonal skills to productivity at the workplace. 

To register attendance at the Mubadala Youth Forum 2015, visit or to nominate a candidate for the Youth Award please visit

About Mubadala Development Company 

Established and owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, the company’s strategy is built on the creation of partnerships and on long-term, capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns and tangible social benefits for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and that contribute to the growth and diversification of its economy.

Mubadala brings together and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional and international investments and partners with leading global organizations to operate businesses across a wide range of industry sectors. These include aerospace, semiconductors, metals & mining, oil & gas, renewables, information communications & technology, healthcare, real estate & infrastructure, and services. 

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