Inspired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision, Dubai Press Club launched the Arab Journalism Award to recognise and encourage journalistic excellence in Arabic media.
|Mohammed presents the Personality of the Year Award to Hamdy Kandeel||Mohammed presents a special award to Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi|
|Mohammed bin Rashid in a group photo with the AJA panel|
On May 15, 2013, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the ceremony for the Arab Journalism Awards 2012.
- Media Personality of the Year Award: Hamdy Kandeel, Egyptian TV and Radio presenter, lecturer, diplomat and a political activist, head of the Arab States Broadcasting Union and chief of UNESCO's Division for Free Flow of Information and Communication Policies
- Best Newspaper Column Award: the Lebanese columnist Hazem Saghieh, the Lebanese “Al Safeer” and “Al Hayat” newspapers
- Investigative Reporting Award: Abdul Wahab Aleiwa, the Egyptian Al Wafd Newspaper
- Political Journalism Award: Othman Lehyani, Algerian “Al Khabar” Newspaper
- Economic Journalism Award: Khalid Al Biheiri, the Omani “AL RU'YA” Newspaper
- Humanitarian Journalism Award: Hanan Khunduqji, the Jordanian “Al Ghad” Newspaper
- Sport Journalism Award: Amin Al Dobali, UAE’s “ Al Ittihad” Newspaper
- Press Interviews Journalism Award: Nidal Hamdan, UAE’s “Al Bayan” Newspaper
- Specialized Journalism Award: Rasha Abu Zaki, the Lebanese “ Al Akhbar” Newspaper
- Best Picture Award: Alaa’ Badarneh, European News Agency
- Outstanding Cartoon Works Award: cartoonist Raed Khalil, the Syrian Caricature Magazine
- Young Journalist Awards: Newspapers and Esmahan Al Ghamedi- Al Riyadh Newspaper, Saudi Huda Baroud- Falasteen Newspaper, Haitham Mahjoub- Al Akhbar and Al Masri Al Youm Arabia
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