Dubai: Mohammad Bin Sulayem, UAE rallying legend and vice-president of motorsport’s governing body FIA, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster in recognition of his services to sport, civic leadership and charity at a graduation ceremony in Belfast on Friday.
Abdul Rahman Ganem Al Mutaiwe’e, UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Khalid Nasser Rashid Lootah, UAE Ambassador to Ireland, will accompany Sulayem to the awards ceremony which takes place in Belfast’s famous Waterfront Hall auditorium.
Sulayem said: “I am very grateful to the University of Ulster for honouring me in this way. It is something I never expected. I’m humbled by recognising the many distinguished individuals I will be joining in receiving my Honorary Doctorate.
“The UAE has developed strong links with Ireland, many of these forged through sport, and I am delighted that our ambassadors to the UK and Ireland will be joining me to accept this honour on behalf of our country.”
In awarding him the doctorate, Ulster University said it was recognising his “outstanding leadership in the field of international sport, as well as his remarkable civic and charitable contributions”, in the UAE and across the GCC region.