‘We are proud of you and we bet on you.’ This inspiring message was conveyed to the UAE's high school top achievers by the nation's Vice President. These exceptional students were rewarded with substantial cash prizes and a motivational message inscribed on the gift boxes.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, personally sent these gifts and certificates to eight top-performing students for the academic year 2023-2024. Among them, Alia Hassan plans to use her cash award to purchase a car, aiming to pursue physics at Khalifa University. She expressed her surprise at being recognized as a topper, a sentiment not shared by her English teacher, Aziza Al Ghafri, who always viewed her as a class leader.

Another recipient, Maryam Al Zaabi, felt a profound sense of duty upon receiving the gift with the message, 'We bet on you'. She hopes to live up to this trust. Last week, these students were notified by the Dubai Media Office about the royal gift's dispatch. A certificate signed by the Dubai Ruler congratulates them for their excellence and for contributing to the nation's growth and prosperity.

Maryam was deeply moved by the gesture. Mayed Al Hamoudi from Al Fujairah Institute of Applied Technology, who had long planned and worked hard for this recognition, found the gift a delightful surprise that will support his medical studies. Waleed Al Asadi from International School Abu Dhabi intends to use his prize money to study human medicine, having always aimed to be among the toppers.

Abdullah Mohammed, who aspires to specialize in cardiac surgery, received the gift as a reward for years of hard work. His mother noted his consistent top performance, mirroring that of his elder brother. The students expressed their gratitude and shared their future aspirations, with Alyazia Al Shamsi, aiming for a win at the WorldSkills competition after excelling in the Emirates skills competition.