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Americana Group wins the AIB-MENA Ghaf Tree Award

Inspired by the Ghaf Tree, the national tree of the UAE, which for centuries has provided an example of perseverance in the face of enormous challenges and hostile conditions, Americana has won the Middle East and North Africa Chapter of the Academy of International Business AIB-MENA Ghaf Tree Award for 2013, in recognition of its efforts in collaboration, community service and development.

On Thursday 12 December 2013 in the award Ceremony at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), the Chief Guest, H.E. Australian Ambassador to UAE and Qatar, Mr. Pablo Kang presented the Ghaf Tree award to the Americana Group’s EVP-HR and Management Development, Mr. Mohamed Farouk Hafeez. 

The AIB-MENA Ghaf Tree Award recognizes companies that actively foster collaborations and support sustainable regional development, while continuing to deliver on shareholder expectations amid the challenges of socio-economic and geo-political change. Americana Group was recognized for its strong commitment to community development, while continuing to grow and thrive as a business in uncertain economic times.  

President of AIB-MENA and Associate Professor at UOWD, Dr. Melodena S. Balakrishnan stated that while Americana Group (Egypt) had challenging years with the constant unrest, their ongoing focus on creating employment opportunities for youth, entrepreneurship and developing new models of change with a can-do spirit is recognized by this award.

Receiving the award, Mr. Mohamed Hafeez said, “A good organization will always design and develop a solution rather than be part of the problem, and the recognition of Americana’s efforts through this award will act as an accelerator for more community development initiatives.”