FNC speaker wins parliamentarian award

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi is the first female leader of a parliament in the UAE and Arab world

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Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, (FNC), is seen during the FNC session in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Photo: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News (story: Samir)

Abu Dhabi

The Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) has honoured Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), with the Parliamentarian Excellence Award in the Presidents of Arab Parliaments category.

The award honours Dr Al Qubaisi as the “first female leader of a parliament in the [UAE] and the Arab world’”, celebrating her achievements on a national, regional and global scale, as well as the accomplishments made by the FNC under her leadership.

It also acknowledges the pioneering parliamentarian initiatives, projects and programmes she has spearheaded and her significant contributions to the development of FNC’s work structure and performance through the 2016-2021 strategy.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Al Qubaisi expressed her appreciation of AIPU’s efforts to encourage cooperation among parliaments of Arab countries in enhancing legislative procedures. She said: “The award recognises FNC’s vital role in driving parliamentary collaboration in the Arab world and globally, as well as its efforts in serving Arab nations.”

Al Qubaisi emphasised that under the guidance of the UAE’s leadership, excellence is an integral part of the work ethic in the country.

She added: “FNC’s parliamentarian diplomacy complements the UAE’s official diplomacy and contributes to resolving issues in the GCC and the wider Arab region. The UAE parliament actively participates in international events, helps foster friendly relations with countries around the world, and maintains efficient communication with other parliaments. The FNC is indispensable in representing the UAE’s interests abroad, promoting its foreign policy and points of view on various current issues, and highlighting the country’s economic and cultural achievements.”

Among her most notable achievements as part of FNC’s mandate to reinforce the UAE’s foreign policy objectives, Dr Al Qubaisi has played an important role in addressing vital issues related to world peace and security. She presented several papers on an Arab and global level, and discussed multiple key topics during the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

In October 2017, Dr Al Qubaisi represented FNC on behalf of the UAE in filing an emergency item to highlight the role of parliamentarians in ending the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar — a move that received massive support from other IPU members. Dr Al Qubaisi has won several significant awards locally and internationally.

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