The Award Ceremony was held on Sunday 25 March 2018 in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

100 PhD dissertations by Arab researchers and experts from 11 Arab countries, including a thesis from the UAE, 9 dissertations from Jordan, 20 dissertations from Algeria, 11 dissertations from Saudi Arabia, 3 dissertations from Sudan, 8 dissertations from Iraq, 3 dissertations From Yemen, a thesis from the Sultanate of Oman, five dissertations from Palestine, two from Lebanon, and 37 from Egypt, thus increasing the number of doctoral research that has been nominated for the award since its inception to 773 dissertations.

The jury adopted the winning thesis as follows:

1- Administrative Sciences

2- Financial Sciences

Dr Rasha Mahboub was Honored for the 2nd place in the financial sciences along with some extra prizes.