UAE educator on Queen's birthday honours list.
Dubai: A British educator living in the UAE for the last 16 years said he was shocked when he learnt that the Queen was going to honour him.
Robert Stokoe, Director of Jumeirah English Speaking School in Dubai, is one of three British residents in the UAE who were included in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honours list this year.
Stokoe, who has 40 years of experience in education, will be made the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to education in the UAE. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a reward established by King George V in 1917 to honour British nationals who contribute aACAyvaluable service' to the UK and its people, be it in the arts and sciences, public services outside the civil service, or charitable work.
"I was shocked when I learnt that I was selected. What I felt was a combination of being thrilled and humbled. It was the last thing I had in mind as a teacher. It is truly an honour," he said.
Stokoe has been working in the UAE for the last 16 years, which he believes is one of the top destinations in the world, not only for education but for families to settle. "I entered the field of education because I am passionate about creating opportunities for young people. It is a very satisfying yet challenging job."
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, was another UAE resident on the list. He was selected for the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to British prosperity in the UAE and to music. So was Sandra Owen, Governor at The British Community Assistance Fund, who was selected to receive an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for her services to the British community in the UAE.
Philip Parham, UK Ambassador to the UAE, said he takes pride in the UK's contributions to the UAE, whether it is from the government, businessmen or individual British men and women.
"From the building and designing of the UAE's most iconic infrastructure to the running of its biggest projects, British contributions can be seen everywhere, I am therefore delighted that Sandra, Robert and Paul have been recognised in the Queen's 2015 birthday honours list for their contributions, which have benefited both the UK and the UAE. Congratulations to them all for their deserved recognition," Parham said.
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