He also dedicated the award to the other shortlisted finalists, saying, "I am very happy to have a new family, the shortlisted family, and all the previous winners of the IPAF
It made Abdo Khal the first IPAF
winner from the Arabian Gulf, and the first ever to even be shortlisted.
Tim Whiteman, Managing Director of IPAF
, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide, said: "There is plenty of scope to improve safety standards in this region and we're seeing a clear desire from major contractors to raise these standards.
Plans for the first half of 2000 are to participate in the following exhibitions: Plastics (Kortijk, Belgium), Recycling (Brussels, Belgium), Plast (Milano, Italy), IPAF
(Izmir, Turkey) and FIP (Oyonnax, France).
We applaud the IPAF
and Access International for being progressive in establishing this award, and RSC is honored to be its first recipient," said Kevin Groman, Senior Vice President and head of the company's sustainability efforts.
With a large training yard and a number of mock-up areas, Rapid Access' training facility is run by Gurparpap Singh, who won IPAF
Training Instructure of the Year in 2011.
Talking about the book, Mourid Barghouti, IPAF
judging chair, said: "The Italian brilliantly depicts the unrest both of the small world of its characters and the larger one of the nation.
The winner was named by this year's IPAF
jury chair, Egyptian writer and academic Galal Amin.
Clearly, there are many benefits to winning the IPAF
is drawing up a GP quality accreditation scheme that it claims will give willing participants the edge in terms of negotiating decent NHI tariffs via improved quality of care and savings on downstream costs.
, an award for the best new novel in Arabic, was officially launched in 2007.
We are proud to continue our support for IPAF
in 2009, especially after its successful launch earlier this year," commented Ahmed Ali Al-Sayegh, the managing director of the Emirates Foundation.