15 days remain until the closing of the door for candidacy for the Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Award

16 August 2023

• Al Awani: The award is a true testament to the excellence of Arab sportswomen
Mariam Al Mansoori: Receiving candidacy files through the website in simple steps
United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi; Wednesday, August 16, 2023:
Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and Mother of the Nation, with the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, President of the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club and Al Ain Ladies Club, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy invites all eligible sports institutions, federations and individuals who meet the award’s conditions to register through the official website www.fbmwomensportsaward.ae .
With 15 days remaining until the nomination door closes on August 31 for the seventh edition, in which the award winners will be announced in a huge ceremony on November 15, the Academy continues to receive nomination files from the UAE and various Arab nations for the 11 categories. The Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Award has earned its reputation as the most important and largest for women’s sports in the Arab region.
Since its inception, the award, organized by the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, has embodied the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, to enhance the status of Arab sportswomen at both local and international levels.
The award, whose total financial prizes amount to AED 1.8 million in its seventh edition, is receiving applications for nominations across 11 categories from the Emirates and various Arab countries at both the individual and collective levels (categories of sports federations and institutions). The individual level awards include: Best Arab Women Athlete, Best Emirati Women Athlete, Best Youth Athlete, Best Paralympic Athlete, Best Female/ Male Coach, Best Sports Media, and a new category introduced in the seventh edition, which is Best Sports Mother.
At the level of sports federations and institutions, the categories are: Best Youth Development Program, Best Team, and the Best Sports Creative Initiative. The Academy also grants a special award to reward the Arab Sports Personality of the Year, an honour bestowed by the jury on an Arab personality for her outstanding performance and contributions in the field of Arab women's sports.
His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: "The Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Award came to embody the directives and interest of the Mother of the Nation in empowering Emirati and Arab women in the field of sports, and what the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy is doing is a product of the continuous dedication of the wise leadership to upgrading the role of women as essential partners in building society and its development in various fields.”
He added: "Women's sports in the Arab world have become unique, especially since Arab women are present in various world championships, not only at the local or regional level. There have been many achievements in international forums, with an emphasis on the presence of Arab women as an authentic partner in the success equation, and a tributary of Emirati and Arab sports achievement.”
Mariam Al Mansoori, representative of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, clarified the criteria and conditions for nominations, saying: "The General Secretariat of the Award was keen to encourage an easy application process for candidacy, allowing male and female athletes, individuals and institutions from any Arab country, who meet the respective criteria and conditions, to submit files through the website. This made the registration process easier and faster, according to the nomination mechanisms and in easy and simple steps.”
Al Mansoori indicated that the period of application for the award’s seventh edition runs from July 2022 to August 31, 2023. Winners of the award from previous sessions can also apply for a nomination in the new edition, provided that they achieved qualifying accomplishments within the time period mentioned. 
It is worth noting that the sixth edition, which was held in September of last year, witnessed the crowning of many Arab champions in various categories, with the Egyptian Giana Farouk winning Best Arab Sportswoman, Shamma Youssef Al Kalbani winning Best Emirati Sportswoman, Gouda from Egypt earning Best Emerging Athlete, Egyptian Rehab Radwan securing the Best Paralympic Athlete award, Fares Al Assaf winning Best Coach, and Moroccan Aziza Night Si Bha bagging the Best Sports Journalist award. 
In the category of youth development programs, the award went to the Jordanian Women’s Football Association, while the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation won the Best Sports Team Award and Emirates International Endurance Village won Best Creative Sports Initiative. Last but not least, the Tunisian international star, Ons Jabeur, was crowned the Sports Personality of the Year in the Arab region.
Award Categories - Individual Level:
Best Arab Women Athlete, with a prize of AED 500,000 
Best Emirati Women Athlete, with a prize of AED 300,000 
Best Youth Athlete, with a prize of AED 100,000 
Best Paralympic Athlete, with a prize of AED 100,000 
Best Female / Male Coach, with a prize of AED 100,000 
Best Sports media, with a prize of AED 100,000 
Best Sports Mother, with a prize of AED 100,000 
Award categories - sports federations and institutions:
Best Program for the Development of Young Women, with a prize of AED 100,000
Best Team, with a prize of AED 300,000 
Best Sports Creative Initiative, with a prize of AED 100,000