Date: 4 May 2011
Blog: Traveller Within
“We” being “Arab Youth”. You know, for the revolutions and stuff.
The award is one of several TAKREEM Arab Achievement Awards, which were bestowed in Doha earlier this week.
Founded by TV host Ricardo Karam, the idea behind “Takreem” is to honour innovators in the Arab world in a number of fields, including a few classics – advancement of peace, education, scientific and technological achievement, woman of the year – as well as few innovative ones: “outstanding cultural leadership”, “young entrepreneur”, and “exceptional international contribution to Arab society” (which is an exceptionally long title, for that matter).
The idea is solid: incentives work, and there is indeed a large number of people doing wonderful work in the Arab World that deserves to be recognized..
This year, the international jury included the likes of Jordan’s Queen Nour, Egypt’s Mohamed El Baradei, Algeria Lakhdar Ibrahimi, Palestine’s Hanan Ashrawi, Mexico’s (and Renault-Nissan’s) Carlos Ghosn, among others.
The laureates are also equally diversified (though, I see no Egyptians! Argh! :-|)
I don’t know about you but I saw very little written about the Awards (and what I saw came from social media, not mainstream).
Pity the awards got so little coverage, despite this being the second consecutive year it is organized. I wonder if they got some coverage in Lebanon, where the organization is based…
Check out Takreem’s website to see who won what!