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قديرًا لجهود مجلس أبو ظبي للتعليم ومساهماته في تطوير المجال التعليمي في الدولة، فقد حصل مجلس أبو ظبي للتعليم مجموعة كبيرة من الجوائز وشهادات التقدير في مجال التعليم. وتعرض هذه الصفحة ما حصل عليه المجلس من جوائز.


In recognition of the council’s efforts and contribution in promoting the educational field in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi Education Council is awarded plenty of awards, prizes, and certificates. In this page, you can take a closer look at the list of awards.


 Featured Award


​One & Only GOLDEN Award for Mobile App

​One & Only GOLDEN Award for Mobile App – Pan Arab Excellence Awards Academy – 2015-... More


ADEK Awards


Excellency in GIS Implementation (EGI)

01 Jan 2015

Excellency in GIS Implementation (EGI) - GISWORX – 2015 – Dubai, UAE

​One & Only GOLDEN Award for Mobile App

01 Jan 2015

One & Only GOLDEN Award for Mobile App – Pan Arab Excellence Awards Academy – 2015- Dubai, UAE

Emirates appreciation award for the environment

15 Jan 2014

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) won the “Educational Institution Category Award” during the first “Emirates Appreciation Award for the Environment” for demonstrating their strong commitment to sustainable development.


The award rewards those who contribute to sustainable development through best environmental practices, research and innovation, capacity building, education and raising environmental awareness.
ADEC believes that the provision of world-class learning environment is key to developing education, thus adopted a holistic approach to its school facilities design.
The Green Schools Project is chief among ADEC initiatives to achieve sustainable development and preserve environment. Schools are not just classrooms, but centers for learning, knowledge and development of innovation skills.


ADEC’s sustainable school initiative relies on building school capacity in order to effectively indentify, audit and manage environmental impacts and enable students to communicate with the community in various events and occasions. It also allows teachers to learn new techniques of offering environmental education in classrooms and familiarizing students with various environments during trips.

 In addition, ADEC aims to promote the Green School concept and increase awareness on environment preservation and rationalization of consumption in order to provide a sustainable learning environment.  


 ADEC is building new schools across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that conforms to the sustainability system by ensuring the optimal use of energy and water resources in particular. This aims to preserve environment through minimizing environmental print and waste. No materials that could cause harm the environment, students or staff is used. Natural daylight and the latest cooling systems are used to enhance the school environment and reduce energy consumption.

​App Idol Award in the Global App Summit

01 Jan 2014

App Idol Award in the Global App Summit – Best Governmental App – 2014 – Dubai, UAE

Abu Dhabi Award of Excellence

20 Nov 2013

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has won the Abu Dhabi Award of Excellence in Government Performance for their best financial practices this year.
Earning this award represents ADEC’s hard work and dedication to help meet the requirements of excellence in performance to ensure the provision of best services to all customers, chief of whom are students and learners.
 This prestigious award represents a cause for optimism and sincere will to continue contributing in the nation’s development through improving performance. It is a strong incentive to exert more efforts and implement best practices across all departments to disseminate the culture of excellence, keeping the best interest of students and the future of education in the Emirate in mind and to help achieve the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision.
ADEC’s financial excellence in financial management stems from its ability to address various strategic priorities related to the economics of education, which is eventually cascaded down to the daily practices in finance and operations, added ADEC’s Director General.
The council has worked tediously in building methodologies that have helped improve the efficient use of financial resources, through the development of an integrated managerial system including policies, procedures, control, audit, reporting, and other key components of the financial model for ADEC.
This award was granted to ADEC due to achieving major milestones in the development and implementation of a comprehensive system for financial governance and operation, with the help of top IT applications. ADEC is fully compliant with the requirements of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Finance and has implemented the international public sector accounting standards covering more than 254 public schools in Abu Dhabi and over 14,000 employees, which makes ADEC’s budget one of the largest in comparison with other entities.
It is important to note that ADEC systematically develops multiple scenarios to improve its financial performance in both operational and capital expenditures, and selects the best options that help achieve the best balance between a reform agenda’s financial impact and the pace of change management.
This prestigious award expresses the continuous prudent support from the UAE’s leaders, and their keenness’s in improving the overall performance of governmental establishments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and is considered a medal of honor for all and each of ADEC’s employees, who have all been instrumental in this success.

Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Strategy Execution 2013

29 Oct 2013

ADEC is the first education entity in the world to receive the BSC Hall of Fame Award
The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) received the Palladium Balanced Score Card (BSC) Hall of Fame for their outstanding strategy execution.  ADEC is the first education entity in the world to receive the award during an induction ceremony recognizing 15 organizations.
The BSC framework was first publicized twenty years ago by co‐creators Dr. Robert Kaplan and Dr. David Norton, founders of the Palladium Group.  Past honorees constitute 179 organizations from 35 countries around the world. Each year, Hall of Fame inductees are profiled in a report published by Harvard Business Publishing.
The award comes as a result of implementing ADEC’s KPIs and strategic Initiatives that are extracted from the strategic plans in three main perspectives including Service Delivery, Internal Process and Enablers.
ADEC seeks to create a knowledge base to drive and sustain Abu Dhabi’s social and economic growth, preserve and enrich national identity, local culture and traditions and elevate quality of Abu Dhabi’s educational system to international standards.
The council has achieved high results in student academic performance and the percentage of students entering university without remedial program has increased to 12% in 2012. The Percentage of students in Band 1 and Band 2 in EMSA increased to 61% over the last four years and the percentage of students passing the Grade 12 exam increased from 78% in 2009 to 84% in 2012. In addition to the New School Model development and implementation to Cycle 1 and Grade 6 students.

ISO/IEC 20000 for the ICT Division

01 Sep 2012

ADEC ICT has successfully implemented an internationally recognized Service Delivery Management System and achieved the ISO/IEC 20000 certification

At a ceremony to mark the award, HE Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of ADEC said: “We are pleased to witness another achievement that reflects our commitment to improving organizational operations, particularly those related to ICT”.

The ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 framework aims to improve service delivery against agreed services levels

Implementing an ISO-compliant service management system was a rigorous eight-month process for the ICT Division. In August 2012, at the end of this, their work was audited by the British Standards Institute – who then awarded us the certification.

The ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 framework aims to improve service delivery against agreed services levels. It ensures the highest level of quality and satisfaction for both our customers and internal stakeholders. It also reflects our commitment to introducing new technologies that help develop daily operations and achieve a higher level of efficiency. Chief among these are ERP, eSIS and GIS.

This globally-recognized standard builds on previous achievements by the ICT Division, including the attainment of ISO27001 for our information security management systems in 2011.

Award for i-ADEC App

01 Jul 2012

​i-ADEC, our innovative mobile app for parents, staff and the wider community, was awarded first place at a major international education conference.

The award came in the Software Applications Fair – Mobile Application Category at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, USA. This event, organized by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), attracted more than 15,000 participants in July 2012.

This award betters even our second place in the Web-based category the previous year, for School Finder.

i-ADEC, which runs on devices such as iPhones and iPads, has numerous features. It provides school search capabilities; gives access to latest ADEC publications, news and videos; and allows users to send us their concerns and suggestions in a variety of formats.

We are now planning to train geography and IT teachers in latest GIS technologies and tools

Dr. Alaaeldin Aly, a Division Director of Knowledge Management at ADEC, took part in the conference. He commented that “participants were impressed by i-ADEC’s ease of use, and the way it utilizes GIS features to present valuable information.

“The application is bilingual, and provides simple, easy and multiple ways to find a school and browse its general information through interactive maps. i-ADEC detects the user’s GPS location, and finds the shortest route to the located school.”

These two back-to-back ESRI awards reflect the emphasis ADEC places on using advanced technology to inform decision-making and implement educational initiatives. In 2010, we received the Making a Difference in Education Award from the ESRI Education GIS Conference, and in the same year, the GIS Implementation for Business Support award at the 5th Excellence in GIS Implementation ceremony held in Dubai.

We are now planning to train geography and IT teachers in latest GIS technologies and tools, so they can incorporate some of its features into teaching and learning. This will help students in critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

In addition, we’re in the process of integrating GIS with our Students Information System (eSIS). This will help maintain accurate students’ addresses and catchment areas for each school, ultimately in automating the process and operation of student admission and transportation.