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UAE helps Gaza: Thousands of Dubai volunteers begin ‘packing hope’ into 25,000 aid boxes – News


The second event will take place on Sunday, October 22.

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Published: Saturday Oct 21, 2023, 12:05 pm

Last update: Saturday, October 21, 2023, 2:07 p.m.

Thousands of residents started their Saturday morning on a positive note as they gathered for a noble cause of compassion and unity.

Gathering already at 8 in the morning at the Qalaat Alremaal hall on the Dubai-Al Ain highway, the volunteers came together to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by the war in Gaza.

Residents gathered to pack aid packages launched by Dubai Cares and the Emirates Red Crescent Society aimed at supporting and providing aid to the victims. This is a campaign in line with the UAE’s humanitarian approach, ‘Tarahum – for Gaza’, which was launched in the country last week to provide aid to Palestinians affected by the war in the Gaza Strip.

The campaign is supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the World Food Program and in coordination with the Ministry of Community Development.

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For our brothers and sisters

Not only adults participated, but also children and seniors who rolled up their sleeves and got to work. “We are here for the brothers of Gaza. It’s just a small way to help them,” said Aziz, 7, who came with his mother.

Lebanese expat Asmah Rahman brought her two daughters to the event. “We are new residents in Dubai. We actively participate in such events in Malaysia. “It was my daughters who informed me about this campaign.”

“We couldn’t wait for this day to come. I am very happy that we could make a small contribution in our first days in Dubai. There are so many nationalities here who came together for the same cause and the residents here are very compassionate and generous,” said Rahman, who resides in Silicon Oasis.

We’re packing hope

Sharjah resident Mariam said: “These products are much more than supplies. “We are filled with hope, unity and the belief that our small actions can make a big difference in the lives of those in need.”

As many as 10 stations were set up to pack relief materials. “Our goal is to package non-perishable foods that can be consumed directly and for this we have eight assigned stations. The other two stations are for essential items for women and children, such as childcare products,” said Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs.

“These contributions come from many Emirati NGOs, residents and some UAE charities. These essential items are being packed by the compassionate residents of the country and we are grateful to them for their valuable time,” Al Shamsi said.

Volunteers aim to prepare 25,000 aid packages in two days. The entities’ next campaign will be held in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, October 22.

Before boxes are sealed with essentials, a quality control team checks each kit to make sure it’s ready to use. These aid boxes are transported to the Emirates Red Crescent warehouse and prepared for shipment. “When we receive a green signal from international authorities, the aid material will fly to Egypt and then cross the Raffa border into Gaza,” Al Shamsi said.


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