Introduction:

Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA); 14 years of sustainable Excellence

The Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) was launched by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI) back in 1999 as a blue print, a roadmap and a methodology for continuous improvement aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the Business Sector in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

The uniqueness of the SKEA program at that point in time was the fact that it was the first program in Abu Dhabi to be fully aligned with the international best practice and adopting the EFQM Excellence model, a move that was followed by all other local awards in Dubai, Sharjah Ajman as well as RAK. Nevertheless, SKEA continued to maintain its competitive edge by becoming the Primary National Distributor and Representative of the real owners of the Excellence model in Europe, namely: the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). Moreover, SKEA also led the way to prepare the first and foremost Arabic version of the EFQM 2013 Model which as approved by all other Arabic speaking countries with local distributors and representatives as well as experts in the field of Organisational Excellence.

Over the long history of SKEA since its inception more than 10,000 organisations in the UAE used its model of Excellence and hundreds of them annually participated in its assessment cycles and tens every year are recognized as recipients of the SKEA Awards conferred upon them by HH the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the official Patron of the Award.

Finally, its noteworthy that the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) program is not only an award, but a complete program offering all the relevant products and services pertaining to Quality & Excellence, including Licensed Assessors’ training (EAT), Journey to Excellence programs (J2E) as well as Leaders for Excellence (L4E) courses designed for the senior executives and other members of the management team in all organizations working in the UAE. This of course, in addition to other recognition schemes such as Committed to Excellence (C2E) and Recognized for Excellence (R4E) both of which are international EFQM products aimed at encouraging organizations in the UAE to sustain their efforts towards achieving the Excellence Transformation. All of these programs are now offered by SKEA in both Arabic and English languages with the same credentials international recognitions offered by the EFQM.

Last but not least, it goes without saying that the SKEA program is your partner and strategic supporter in availing you with the state of the art tools and techniques needed to help in your quest for achieving People Development in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes, system development in terms of efficiency and effectiveness and hence achieve the desired Results.