Prince Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King Salman Center for Disability Research, has been presented with the ‘Gulf Man of Year’ award honoring humanitarian work in the disability field for the year 2016.
Prince Sultan is a former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew aboard the American STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist, and a member of the House of Saud. He is thus the first member of a royal family to be an astronaut, and the first Arab and Muslim to fly in outer space.
Prince Sultan won the award in recognition of his humanitarian role throughout the past 30 years.
A ceremony was held in the Bahraini capital of Manama to honor Prince Sultan in the presence of a large group of politicians, officials and leaders of social work from across the world.
In a speech delivered on the occasion, Prince Sultan said that winning the award is a tribute to the thousands of individuals working day and night for the benefit of humanitarian work in the Gulf region.
He conveyed to the audience the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
King Salman Center for Disability Research sponsors, coordinates, and funds research and academic activities it deems beneficial to Saudi society specifically, and humanity in general. It targets cutting-edge research of broad and practical impact by pooling local and international scientific, technical, and human resources in a systematic approach. The research that the center focuses upon is considered applied rather than theoretical,ensuring that it is always directed at solving medical, physical, psychological, educational, or social difficulties that face persons with disabilities.
Prince Sultan who holds a Master’s Degree in Social and Political Science, was the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first member of royalty in space.
He is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) since 2008. [ArabNews]