Al Dhafra Municipality wins 19 awards at MENA Stevie Awards


AL DHAFRA: Al Dhafra Municipality, a subsidiary of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, has won 19 awards at the Middle East and North Africa Stevie Awards for initiatives supporting water and environmental sustainability, including a service robot and a wild plant and seeds registration and management programme.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque receives 570,113 visitors during first half of Ramadan


ABU DHABI: During the first half of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi received 570,113 visitors.

This total included 164,704 individuals attending prayers, 194,978 guests, and 210,431 individuals partaking in iftar gathering. At the same mosque, 102,419 individuals performed the Isha and Taraweeh prayers.

Meanwhile, the Sheikh Khalifa Grand Mosque in Al Ain and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Fujairah recorded 77,233 and 50,456 worshippers, respectively.

Preparations for the last 10 days of Ramadan

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has spread its mobile information stations across its grounds to accommodate the surge of devotees for the final ten days of Ramadan, to cater to the needs of devotees, address their questions, and guide them to various locations.

Furthermore, the centre has improved its switchboard services by doubling its number of staff to efficiently handle the increased volume of calls and inquiries during this period. The mosque also scheduled the
Tahajjud night prayer at12:00 and visiting hours will conclude at 23:30 throughout the week, for the duration of this period.

In readiness for Ramadan’s concluding ten days, the centre has outfitted the mosque’s courtyard with approximately 1,500 carpets. To facilitate the movement of devotees from parking areas to the prayer halls, 70 electric vehicles have been deployed, which will prioritise the elderly and those with special needs. The mosque is also equipped with 50 wheelchairs and 3,515 seats to ensure the comfort of worshippers.

Moreover, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence Authority, ambulances are on standby, and a civil defence team will be stationed at the mosque.

Provision of additional parking spaces to facilitate access during the last 10 days of Ramadan

The centre has ensured convenient access to the mosque by arranging 8,379 parking spaces for devotees. Specifically, 1,500 spots are dedicated to women near the northern prayer halls, while 60 spots are reserved for individuals
with disabilities.

This year, in collaboration with authorities, the centre has added 1,800 parking spaces on Grand Mosque Street opposite Gate of Coexistence – Number 7, as well as at other locations, including Zayed Sports City, Erth Hotel, and near the Oasis of Dignity.

A shuttle bus service to the mosque is also available from these locations to support the influx of worshippers attending the Tahajjud night prayers during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Distribution of 960,431 Iftar meals as part of the ‘Our Fasting Guests’ project

Throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has implemented the ‘Our Fasting Guests’ initiative, which honours the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by distributing Iftar meals daily at the mosque and workers’ cities, in partnership with Erth Hotel.

During the first half of the Holy Month, the project successfully distributed 960,431 Iftar meals, with 210,431 being served at the mosque and some 750,000 delivered to workers’ c
ities, in collaboration with the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) in Abu Dhabi.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre h has also enlisted 580 volunteers to work alongside the centre’s employees, the Emirates Red Crescent, police officers, paramedics and the civil defence.

Source: Emirates News Agency

‘Ramadan In Dubai’ campaign offers memorable experiences this weekend


DUBAI: This weekend, as part of the ‘Ramadan In Dubai’ campaign, residents and visitors have a range of opportunities to soak up the spirit of the season in Dubai’s vibrant tents, Iftars, Suhoors, and markets. In celebrations organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), the city will also see nightly fireworks, enchanting illumination displays, community events, and exciting shopping promotions, which offer new ways to create treasured memories with loved ones.

Special three-day only promotions

The Great Online Sale returns for its second year, with an even bigger event from 29th to 31st March. During the mega three-day online sale, those hunting for Eid gifts, home items and tech gadgets can shop top local and international brands from the comfort of their own home. There are even more exclusive savings and deeper discounts available for shoppers who sign up at www.greatonlinesale.com, where they can also enter an exciting draw offering three prizes of AED10,000 for each winner.

A lar
ge selection of leading lifestyle and global brands can be found across Amazon, Noon.com, 6thStreet.com and Azadea. Huge savings on homeware items to help make Ramadan hosting more special can be found at United Furniture, The Red Carpet, Otaq Home, CB2 and Crate and Barrel, Homebox, IKEA, Homes R Us, and Pan Home. Those looking for Eid gifts can check out Alfardan Jewellery, The Watch House, Rivoli, Ghawali, V Perfumes, Coral Perfumes, Xpressions and Bath and Body Works. Fashion and leisure wear for all ages and at different price points is up for grabs at Hanayen, Lululemon, All Saints, Reebok, Splash, Maje, Sandro, Carters, Centrepoint, Brands for Less, and Alessandro Borelli Teens Kids, while toys and treats for little ones will be available from brands including Lego and The Mom Store.

Enchanting fireworks and illuminations

The spirit of the season will light up the skies for two nights this weekend at Bluewaters and The Beach, JBR, as dazzling displays paint the skies with sparkle for audiences of
all ages to enjoy. Visitors can make the most of the pleasant temperatures and take in the seafront views and lively community atmosphere as they browse market stalls from local artisans while waiting for the spectacular fireworks show, which will happen at 22:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Further spreading the festive spirit, illuminations will light up iconic buildings and neighbourhoods in colourful displays across the city. The Shared Light Festival, part of Ramadan Reflections, will shine bright from 20:00 to 2:30 each evening, when residents and visitors will be able to witness stunning projections at Al Seef, Dubai Festival City, Al Habai Mosque and the Grand Jumeirah Mosque.

Diverse cuisine and curated Iftars and Suhoors

Dubai’s exciting selection of dining experiences comes into its own during Ramadan. Lavish Iftar buffets, elegant and intimate Suhoors and casual café bites can be found this weekend, as restaurants and tents across the city serve curated festive menus.

The Careem ‘Everything App’ wi
ll also enable Dubai residents and tourists to pre-book Iftar packages through its DineOut service at over 150 venues, including Jun’s Downtown Dubai, Iftar between the towers at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, and Al Sultan Majlis at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Customers will also benefit from instant discounts on their dining bills, ranging from 15 – 40 percent across all venues, and an additional 30 percent discount on their Hala Taxi rides to and from the venues.

Ramadan markets

After Tarawih prayers, residents can visit Layali Al Ghaf in Mushrif Park and enjoy fun competitions, browse retail stores and enjoy different bites from various restaurants, as well as take part in sports activities and cooking competitions.

Adventurous excursions

Dubai’s pleasant weather makes Ramadan an ideal time to focus on health and wellbeing, enjoy outdoor moments together and share experiences with loved ones. Adventure seekers can make their way to the picturesque mountains of Hatta this weekend where they can enjoy 50 percent
savings on outdoor adventure packages at Hatta Wadi Hub. Sport-loving families can also join in the fun at the 11th edition of the Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, happening at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. Under the theme ‘Limitless Capabilities’, guests can take part in nine sports tournaments including volleyball, padel, obstacle racing course, jiu-jitsu, cycling, running, POD basketball, tug of war and fencing.

Sense of togetherness

Festivals, markets, and outdoor events offer families, friends and individuals all sorts of ways to celebrate into the night. At Boxpark, visitors and residents can enjoy a warm atmosphere with the lantern-lined pathways at this urban art destination. Iftar can be enjoyed across the destination’s different dining outlets and visitors can stay all evening to enjoy the mesmerising light décor and an immersive Ramadan Art exhibition in partnership with Urbanist. Vendors will also be selling abayas, décor, accessories and gifts within a special Ramadan Bazaar. Hai Ramadan at E
xpo City Dubai is another opportunity for families to enjoy a memorable Ramadan evening. Here, markets, crafts, roaming entertainment and a selection of both elegant and casual Iftars will delight the whole family.

At Al Seef, Al Khawaneej Walk and Bluewaters, visitors can soak up authentic music over the weekend, as traditional Al-Musaharati, toomina, oud and qanun players play into the evening. Ramadan markets present a special way to discover local artisans, shop for gifts and enjoy a vibrant community atmosphere. Families and friends can explore a variety of markets including the Ramadan District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Ramadan at the Bay at Dubai Festival City, Souq Ramadan 24 in Deira and Ramadaniyat at THE HUB in Majlis Al Khawaneej.

‘Ramadan In Dubai’ campaign

Launched by the Dubai Media Council under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council (DMC), the ‘Ramadan In Dubai’ campaign brings the publ
ic and private sectors together for the first time for a unified celebration of the Holy Month.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Hasher Al Maktoum honours cricket connoisseur Shyam Bhatia with the ‘Sports Imprint Award’


DUBAI: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, presented the fifth ‘Sports Imprint Award’ to Shyam Bhatia, an Indian businessman and cricket connoisseur based in Dubai.

The ‘Sports Imprint Award’, a joint initiative between the Dubai Sports Council and Watani Al Emarat Foundation, is an annual event held under the framework of Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award. It acknowledges individuals and organisations that contribute to spreading positive values in society through their humanitarian initiatives in the sports sector.

The Dubai Sports Council said that the ‘Sports Imprint Award’ reflects the UAE’s commitment to acknowledging efforts that enhance the country’s sports sector. The Award serves as a heartfelt appreciation for Shyam Bhatia’s significant contributions to the sports industry, notably highlighted by h
is establishment of the world’s largest cricket museum in Dubai, the Council said.

Bhatia’s curated museum showcases an extraordinary collection of rare and significant memorabilia from international cricket, providing visitors with an immersive journey through the sport’s history.

Bhatia’s commitment and philanthropic efforts in the sports field also extend to organising an annual awards ceremony in the UAE, aimed at acknowledging and nurturing excellence in cricket. This initiative celebrates the accomplishments of both top male and female cricketers, as well as match officials, by presenting them with both cash prizes and commemorative awards. During this ceremony, annual prizes and scholarships are bestowed upon the winners by esteemed cricket legends.

Moreover, the Shyam Bhatia Foundation has also honoured select top international players through the establishment of the ‘Cricket for Care’ charitable foundation. This foundation ensures deserving cricketers receive guaranteed support and care, furtheri
ng their development in the sport.

Driven by his deep passion for the sport, Bhatia dedicated numerous years to gathering cricket memorabilia and rare artefacts from the annals of international cricket history. This led him to establish the museum in Dubai’s Jumeirah area, which is now widely recognised as the largest and most significant venue on the global stage for cricket enthusiasts and historians alike.

Since its opening on 18th April, 2010, the museum has been home to a remarkable collection of cricket’s most treasured memorabilia. It has become a magnet for enthusiasts worldwide, attracting avid fans keen to glimpse the rare artefacts associated with the sport’s iconic figures.

The museum displays a wide range of items, such as hundreds of bags, balls, and bats adorned with signatures and gifts from some of the biggest stars in cricket history, spanning both past and present eras. It also hosts a specialised cricket library containing rare books, many of which are over a century old. Notably, among
its collection is the heaviest book in the world, weighing 25 kg.

Fifth Edition of the Award

This is the fifth time that the ‘Sports Imprint Award’ has been bestowed as part of the Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award. It was first introduced to the annual ceremony during the 17th edition of the Award. The ‘Sports Imprint Award’ aims to spread a culture of humanitarian work and encourage the spirit of giving back to society through sports. It also seeks to promote voluntary social work within the community.

Every year, sports organisations, various institutions, and individuals in the sports sector are encouraged to submit their nominations for the Award, aligning with competition’s core theme of ‘Responsibility for Humanitarian Work in the Sports Sector’. This theme underscores the importance of community initiatives that successfully meet humanitarian and societal goals in the sports field.

The Dubai Sports Council encouraged athletes, sports enthusiasts, and businessmen to embrace the ethos of givi
ng back to the country, society, and the sports community. The collaboration between the Dubai Sports Council and Watani Al Emarat Foundation will continue to promote the culture of humanitarianism and foster a spirit of philanthropy within society through sports.

‘Sports Imprint Award’ Over the Years

The inaugural edition of the ‘Sports Imprint Award’ was clinched by the Landmark Group, in recognition of its contributions to promoting sports and physical activity across all segments of society. Renowned for its unwavering support of social health initiatives, the Landmark Group annually organises a walking march for diabetes awareness.

Real estate developer Nakheel won the second edition of the Award. Nakheel has consistently been in the spotlight due to its various ongoing initiatives aimed at promoting a balanced lifestyle for communities. These initiatives include providing modern sports facilities such as dedicated cycling and running tracks, sports fields, and gardens.

The Al Khayyat Investment Grou
p claimed victory in the third edition of the Award for its initiatives aimed at promoting the practice of sports within society and providing modern equipment and devices to facilitate this goal.

In the fourth edition, the Award was bestowed upon international French footballer Mamadou Sakho, a former player for top clubs such as Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the French national football team. Sakho received the Award in acknowledgement of his efforts through the ‘Amsak’ charitable initiative, which was established to support the needy and construct stadiums across the African continent.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Ajman Crown Prince receives US Ambassador


AJMAN: H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, received Martina Strong, the United States Ambassador to the UAE, who paid a courtesy call to H.H., accompanied by Megan Grigonis, US Consul General in Dubai. The meeting took place at H.H. Majlis in Safia area.

H.H. Sheikh Ammar Al Nuaimi welcomed the US Ambassador, wishing her success in performing her duties, which will contribute to strengthening cooperation relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United States at various levels.

Ambassador Martina Strong extended congratulations to the Crown Prince of Ajman on the holy month of Ramadan, and expressed her deep thanks and appreciation to H.H. for his generous hospitality and warm reception, praising the regional and international standing of the UAE.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abdulla Al Hamed attends NMO’s Ramadan media gathering


DUBAI: Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman of the National Media Office (NMO), joined media leaders at a Ramadan gathering held at Atlantis The Royal. Editors-in-chief, senior officials from Arab and international media, social media influencers, and media companies were present at the gathering.

At the outset of the meeting, Sheikh Abdulla welcomed the attendees, affirming that media is a strategic partner in the system of development and prosperity in all countries and communities, and a fundamental driver in humanitarian, economic, and developmental programmes.

Sheikh Abdulla stated, ‘Today, we live in a fast-paced world amidst fierce multi-faceted competition, where the winner is the one who pursues sustainable development and provides innovative, modern, and flexible media content based on opinion grounded in facts, documented information, and accurate data, with continuous evaluation and accurate data to ensure a reliable media message.’

Beyond just delivering news, Sheikh Abdulla pointed
to the media’s power in shaping public awareness and driving positive change in society. He emphasised the media’s responsibility to be a reliable source and a catalyst for constructive dialogue and mutual understanding.

He added, “We gather coinciding with ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day,’ an opportunity to shed light on the legacy of the late Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who taught us that compassion and mercy are the essence of humanity. He taught us that tolerance is a value, virtue, and way of life, and he taught us acceptance of others, and compassion towards humans regardless of their gender or nationality.”

Sheikh Abdulla affirmed that the UAE follows in the footsteps of Sheikh Zayed in generosity and humanitarianism, thanks to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. These directives aim to propagate noble values such as solidarity, cooperation, and human fraternity.

The Chairman of the National Media Office expressed his gratitude and appreciatio
n to the media entities for showcasing the UAE’s extensive global humanitarian initiatives, particularly aid provided to Palestine. He expressed this while stressing the importance of countering misleading narratives that distort facts.

Furthermore, Sheikh Abdulla underscored the role of media in building the UAE’s soft power. He emphasised the necessity of investing in media, not merely financially, but also in terms of awareness, concerted effort, and the establishment of robust media entities with a trustworthy reputation.

He pointed out that achieving the required goals requires a commitment to transparency, integrity, and professionalism, providing sincere, impactful, and engaging media content. Additionally, he stressed that truth ultimately prevails, recognising the significant influence of those who control the media.

He highlighted the commitment of the National Media Office to support media that respects and enlightens the mind, promotes peace, contributes to sustainable development, and enhances
the values of dialogue, tolerance, and mutual understanding. He affirmed his aspiration for fruitful cooperation with all media partners to achieve these goals and build a brighter future for future generations.

At the conclusion of the meeting, media representatives expressed their thanks to Sheikh Abdulla Al Hamed for his unwavering commitment to engaging with all media leaders and for considering their ideas and suggestions. This acknowledgement underscores the pivotal role of the media as an engaged and supportive component of comprehensive and sustainable development.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheraa launches ‘Centres of Excellence’ to support entrepreneurial growth


SHARJAH: The Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) has launched its Centres of Excellence (CoEs) to redefine the landscape of entrepreneurial growth and innovation across the key, future-focused sectors of Manufacturing, Edtech, Creative Industries, and Sustainability.

Through a strategic vision, the CoEs will empower startups to spearhead development and growth in the four key sectors through strategic partnerships. Providing market access facilitation and impactful assessments, the initiative aims to revolutionise the support system for startups and catalyse a dynamic and forward-thinking entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sharjah.

Najla Al Midfa, CEO of Sheraa, declared the launch of the Centres of Excellence as a testament to Sheraa’s resolute commitment to driving impactful transformation, stating ‘In line with the visionary goals of the UAE and Sharjah, our aim is to embed sustainability as a fundamental pillar in the entrepreneurial domain, serving as a dynamic force propelling national economies. The C
oEs aim to be a potent catalyst empowering founders, nurturing innovation, and providing the resources needed to turn visions into reality.”

Sheraa has forged strategic partnerships with essential stakeholders to bolster the CoEs, encompassing collaborations with the Sharjah FDI Office (Invest In Sharjah), the American University of Sharjah (AUS), and the University of Sharjah (UoS) as overarching partners across all four centres.

Each centre is aligned with key partners to maximise their impact. The Manufacturing CoE is championed by the Ministry of Industries and Advanced Technology, and has on board the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Emirates Development Bank (EDB) to support the startups with market access and financing. The Creative Industries CoE is championed by the Ministry of Culture. The EdTech CoE partners with the Sharjah Private Education Authority and the Sustainability Centre is championed by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, as well as BEEAH Group and Sharjah Sus
tainable City.

The CoE’s scope includes nurturing startups in manufacturing, aiming for technological advancements and increased efficiency; in Edtech, focusing on educational transformation and digital learning solutions; the Creative Industries, encouraging artistic and digital media ventures and Sustainability to further solidify the UAE’s commitment to combating climate change. The CoEs will leverage industry-specific experts to serve as mentors and advisors to founders as well as collaborate with corporate entities to support these startups through incubating solutions, implementing strategies, and offering paid contracts. This approach will empower founders to effectively address challenges and capitalise on opportunities.

Within each sector, three strategic verticals have been tailored to address specific needs and milestones. The Incubate vertical will engage entrepreneurs in diverse activities, leveraging Sheraa’s renowned programmes, such as Startup Blueprint, Startup Dojo, and Sharjah Startup Stu
dio (S3), to nurture entrepreneurial ideas from conception to a viable product or service.

The Growth vertical, aligned with programs like Sheraa’s Access Sharjah Challenge (ASC), will focus on business scaling, sustainability, and addressing expansion-related hurdles. ASC also incorporates a Startup Readiness Sprint and Champion’s Training to provide coaching for startups and corporates, enhancing their collaboration for a more impactful relationship.

Within the Thought Leadership, entrepreneurs will engage in local and international conferences, talks, and white papers, providing unique opportunities to network with global experts, exchange knowledge, and promote their entrepreneurial projects. Through this process, Sheraa will play a pivotal role in advancing knowledge within the entrepreneurial community by publishing comprehensive research and providing insightful ideas for each of the four key sectors.

The initiative was officially announced during the 2024 Sharjah Ramadan Majlis, an annual event co-
organised by Sheraa, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah), and Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP). Under this year’s theme of ‘Innovating for Impact,’ the Majlis, held under the patronage of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the American University of Sharjah, provides a platform to encourage dialogue and collaboration on various topics relevant to entrepreneurs.

Through Sheraa’s dedication to impactful and sustainable progress, the CoE is set to shape a dynamic and future-ready entrepreneurial system, driving growth, innovation, and collaboration in the region and beyond.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Hasher Al Maktoum honours winners of Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award


DUBAI: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, honoured the winners of the eleventh edition of the Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award.

Held under the theme ‘This is What Zayed Loved’, this prestigious accolade aligns with the vision and commitment of Watani Al Emarat Foundation to foster sustainable humanitarian efforts across the nation. The Award recognises exceptional initiatives that embody the values of goodness, generosity, and tolerance within Emirati society, inspiring individuals, organisations, and entities to become role models in both professional and philanthropic spheres.

The award seeks to instil positive values in Emirati society and foster a culture of humanitarianism. By encouraging acts of giving, it reinforces Islamic values of solidarity and kindness. Furthermore, it promotes tolerance, unity,
and respect while fostering community engagement and sustainable humanitarian work in line with the UAE’s strategic goals and the UAE Centennial Plan 2071.

Dherar Belhoul Al Falasi, Executive Director of the Watani Al Emarat Foundation, said, “Guided by the values instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, we are delighted to acknowledge and celebrate the spirit of generosity among individuals, institutions, and organisations who have demonstrated remarkable kindness and acceptance. The Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award goes beyond mere recognition, it is a testament to our commitment to continuing the philanthropic legacy and fostering the humanitarian advancements inspired by the vision of our leaders. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the awardees, whose remarkable efforts have significantly contributed to the betterment of our community and strengthened the foundation for sustainable humanitarian initiatives.”

The winners of the latest edition of the award were honoured for
their significant contributions to enhancing humanitarian efforts and promoting community engagement. The distinguished recipients include Sheikha Moza bint Hilal bin Saqr bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was awarded the prestigious ‘Golden Imprint,’ and Lieutenant General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, who was honoured with the ‘Exceptional Imprint’ award.

Other notable recipients include Hamdi Muhammad Sabri Tawfiq Al-Tabbaa, who was recognised with the ‘Imprint of Tolerance’ award, and Major General Ali Hassan Almutawa, Assistant Director General for Fire and Rescue Affairs, Dubai Civil Defense, who received the ‘Imprint of Creativity’ award. The Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) was acknowledged with the ‘Imprint of Homeland’ award, while Dr. Noura Nasser Alkarbi, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Sharjah, received the ‘Imprint of Culture’ award.

The Dubai Courts were honoured with the ‘Imprint of
Hope’ award, Professor Noura Yousef Al-Balushi, policy and strategies researcher at the Federal National Council, received the ‘Imprint of Science’ award, and Salem Mohammed Balrakkad Alamiri, Chairman of the Emirates Cancer Society, was recognised with the ‘Imprint of Society’ award. Globally renowned cricket connoisseur Shyam Bhatia was honoured for his contributions to sports with the ‘Sports Imprint’ (Unlimited Abilities) award.

The Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award recognises the commitment of individuals who have positively impacted Emirati society through their humanitarian endeavours. It embodies the spirit of generosity and acceptance championed by the UAE’s Founding Fathers while highlighting the nation’s dedication to nurturing compassion and benevolence.

The Watani Al Emarat Foundation aims to continue to celebrate accomplishments that enhance human wellbeing and contribute to realising the UAE leadership’s vision for the future. Inspired by the foresight of the UAE’s Founding Fathers, th
e Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting the principles of humanitarianism among generations to come.

Source: Emirates News Agency

ADAFSA honours ‘Pioneers of Goodness for 2023’


ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) honoured the “Pioneers of Goodness for the Year 2023”, including government agencies and individuals who have contributed to its efforts in charitable, humanitarian and volunteer work by supporting the initiatives launched through its “Auwn” Community Engagement Programme.

This recognition comes as part of the celebration of Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, which falls on the 19th of Ramadan each year. The honourees included entities and individuals who participated in charitable and volunteer activities, such as the Department of Culture and Tourism, ADNEC Group, Al Dhafra Hospitals, Community Contributions Authority (Ma’an), Al Watan Volunteering Team, Friends of the Environment Society, Al Ihsan Charity Society, Emirates Blood Donation Society, Emirates Environmental Working Group, Ain Al Khaleej Hospital and Burjeel Hospital, in addition to honouring 500 volunteers from ADAFSA’s employees and community members who participated in communi
ty, environmental and humanitarian events with 2,228 volunteer hours during 2023. Since the launch of the “Auwn” programme several years ago, over 100 community and volunteer initiatives have been organised in humanitarian, developmental, and environmental fields.

Badr Al Shihhi, Director of the Communication and Community Engagement Division at ADAFSA, said that humanitarian and charitable work is one of the fundamental principles of the United Arab Emirates and the great legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

He added that celebrating Zayed Humanitarian Day is a remembrance of the founding leader and a celebration of his good influence, noble values and achievements at the local and global levels.

Al Shehhi pointed out that ADAFSA chose Zayed Humanitarian Day to honour the pioneers of goodness who have contributed to its efforts in charitable and humanitarian work by supporting the initiatives it has launched through the “Auwn” Community Engagement Programme. He went on to explain that the
‘Auwn’ initiative is one of ADAFSA’s key initiatives, which was established to strengthen its commitment to the local community. The programme is in line with the Abu Dhabi government’s vision to emphasise the principles of solidarity and unity that exist within the UAE community.

Source: Emirates News Agency

On Zayed Humanitarian Day and 20th anniversary of Founding Father’s passing, UAE President directs launch of Zayed Humanitarian Legacy Initiative valued at AED20 billion


ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed the launch of the Zayed Humanitarian Legacy Initiative, with AED20 billion allocated for humanitarian works in the world’s most vulnerable communities.

This initiative coincides with Zayed Humanitarian Day and marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the nation’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The launch of the initiative reinforces the humanitarian values embodied by Sheikh Zayed, extending his legacy of generosity and support to those in need globally.

The global humanitarian initiative aims to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable communities to build a prosperous future and achieve sustainable development, underscoring the UAE’s commitment to Sheikh Zayed’s approach towards extending a helping hand, contributing to building communities, and supporting vulnerable groups. Millions of people will benefit from this support.

The launch of the initiative comes at a crucial time, as h
umanitarian work has become more vital than ever to address the challenges posed by global health and economic crises. It serves as a fundamental pillar in overcoming these challenges and fostering stability and development.

The initiative embodies the humanitarian vision of the UAE, which strives to achieve sustainable development and social and economic progress for the world’s most underprivileged communities. Through this global initiative, the UAE enhances its status as a global humanitarian force in efforts to contribute to peace, stability, and prosperity for all of humanity.

Source: Emirates News Agency