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Dubai will have more than 22,000 people aged 60 by 2030: CDA

By 2030, the number of people in Dubai aged sixty and over will exceed 22,000, the figure Community Development Authority (CDA) has said. This projection underlines the vital need to integrate this segment of society into sustainable economic frameworks, the authority announced at an event on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons.

The authority has revealed transformative developments in services offered to older people in the emirate. These developments correspond not only to the changing lifestyles, goals and aspirations of the elderly population in the country, but also align with the global movement to increase the participation of older people in various social spheres.

The authority’s renewed strategy is based on six pillars. Its objective is to promote the mental well-being of older people, improve their social commitment, take advantage of their vast experience, strengthen economic sustainability, maintain their dignity and respect and promote social harmony.

Mental health is a key focus for CDA in designing its services for older people. The authority recognizes the impact of social isolation, loneliness and the loss of daily function, both personal and social, which can lead to serious psychological conditions that affect the well-being of older people. On the contrary, active participation in social and family events and greater social integration have been shown to substantially benefit your physical and mental health.

Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, general director of the CDA in Dubaiunderlined the need to adopt a multifaceted and integrated approach to ensure the well-being of older people and expand services for older people beyond basic care to reflect the aspirations of the growing number of active and healthy older people.

“To create a unified society, in which every member experiences happiness and stability, we must anticipate the diverse needs of various segments. We must see older people as active contributors, not just recipients of care, and facilitate their participation in daily and community activities, and draw on their wisdom.”

she stated.

He emphasized that CDA is taking an integrated approach to addressing the needs of older people, including social care, empowerment opportunities and participation, to enable them to lead dignified and purposeful lives, enriching the diversity and prosperity of society. “Investing in the integration of older people is as crucial as investing in young people and is fundamental to the future prosperity of our society,” she said.

During the event at Thukher Social Club, CDA said the club has provided more than 80,000 services to senior citizens since its inception. These services mainly focus on promoting the social integration of older people and facilitating various activities, such as trips and recreational events. The authority also highlighted its generational communication initiative, which involves transmitting the wisdom of older people to children and young people through school talks and community meetings. This program has already benefited more than 11,000 young people.

Honoring distinguished seniors

The event honored six distinguished seniors who have distinguished themselves in various cultural, sporting and social fields. His remarkable contributions have left an indelible mark and his legacy has endured through generations. Among those honored was Farid Abdul Rahman Zainal, the first Emirati referee to earn an international badge in the field of refereeing. His career, which began in 1968, saw him achieve significant success and recognition, culminating in his tenure as an international referee until 1988.

At the event, tribute was also paid to Muhammad Abdullah Al Kous, former Al Nasr Club player. He is known as one of the youngest players to represent the United Arab Emirates national football team. His football career began at Al Faraj and then he moved to Al Hilal Al Bahri. He eventually joined Al-Nasr after the merger in 1960. In 1986, he took over the leadership of Al-Nasr and achieved a notable hat-trick under the guidance of Brazilian coach Lapolla.

The event also celebrated Dr. Ali Abdullah bin Arab, a committed veterinarian who worked in the Ministry of Agriculture until 2000. Dr. Ali distinguished himself as a pioneering figure in veterinary medicine, being one of the few Emirati citizens who specialized and innovated in this field.

the distinguished Emirati artist, Moza Al Mazrouei, was also recognized for her pioneering contributions. In 1973, she broke new ground as the first woman to take the theatrical stage, breaking down gender barriers that had previously limited participation to only men. Her extraordinary talent earned her the title “Mother of Emirati Playwrights.”

Another distinguished elder honored at the ceremony was Samira Al Khaja, a distinguished professor recognized for her expertise in Arabic language and Islamic education at the Ministry of Education. She received a special distinction from the Minister of Education in recognition of her outstanding contributions to education.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Suwaidi, a dedicated civil servant with more than 31 years of service in federal and local government, was also recognized at the ceremony. In addition to serving in the government, he established a private museum displaying a notable collection of antiques and heritage artifacts.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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