Beirut Institute dinner honours five recognized individuals
Source: Soap-box ME for , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:53 pm

UAE. Five individuals were honored by Beirut Institute, Saturday evening during a ceremony at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi - Corniche.

Receiving the Exceptional Excellence Recognition were:
• David Ignatius, Columnist, The Washington Post, USA
• Najwa Kassem, Host of a Political Program on Al-Hadath, Al Arabiya
• Yusra Mardini, Syrian refugee who was appointed the youngest ever UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in April 2017
• Dana Alblooshi, 12-year-old astronaut training with NASA
• Adeeb Alblooshi, 14-years-old, UAE’s youngest scientist and inventor

Prior to distributing the awards Raghida Dergham, Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute, noted that the ceremony was to “celebrate the excellence of the award winners. 

Speaking to the audience, Ignatius thanked Beirut Institute and spoke of his profound fascination with the Arab world and his respect for Arab journalists. “I look at the commitment of Arab journalists, some of whom have lost their lives over the years to tell the truth of what’s going on,” he said.

Kassem also praised Beirut Institute and her support base. “The two things I have in both of my families – my immediate family and my family at Al Arabiya – are love,” Kassem said.

Mardini appeared in a video message to thank Beirut Institute for the honor and award.

Turning to the younger generation, Dana Alblooshi said she considers herself living proof that “age is not a limit and will never limit your dreams.”
Dana’s brother, Adeeb, spoke of the importance of his family’s support as well as that of the UAE.

Dana and Adeeb’s father also discussed his gratitude for Beirut Institute and what it’s striving toward during the two-day summit as well as the man behind the success of the UAE. “We are the children of Sheikh Zayed, who is the driving force behind Dana and Adeeb’s success and every home in the Arab region has an Adeeb and Dana in it,” Sulaiman Alblooshi said after his two children were honoured.

Photo Captions:
1. (above L-R) Prince Turki Al Faisal, David Ignatius and Raghida Dergham
2. (inset)  For illustrative purposes only (File photo)

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