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UAE’s humanitarian legacy explored at latest Majlis Mohammad bin Zayed conference


Dr Al Mazrouei began the panel discussion by exploring the humanitarian tradition established by the founding father of the UAE, noting that sharing was rooted in Arab culture and that the late Sheikh Zayed’s focus was always on people and their dignity.

This tradition, he said, lives on in programs such as the recently announced Dh20 billion Zayed Humanitarian Legacy Initiative to support humanitarian projects around the world. Al Mutawa then spoke about the current importance of donations in supporting the UAE’s humanitarian work and explained how all sectors of society (including citizens, residents, Muslims and non-Muslims alike) contribute, as a way of giving back to the UAE and the world. .

Tahlak spoke about volunteering and how helping others has always been ingrained in UAE society. He explained that the UAE is pioneers in the field of volunteering, with systems, establishments and legislation introduced as the country’s humanitarian efforts evolved. The panel further explored the topic of volunteering and highlighted how the humanitarian actions of Emiratis around the world act as a way to promote UAE culture and enduring values ​​of care and compassion.

Offering further evidence of the benefits of volunteering, Dr. Al Mazrouei shared details of a study that found that patients who participated in volunteer activities enjoyed a boost to their immune system and faster recovery times. The discussion concluded by looking at the future of the UAE’s humanitarian efforts, exploring some innovative and novel donation ideas, as well as recognizing the increasingly important role of the private sector in humanitarian work.

The conference was moderated by TV presenter Faisal bin Hariz and featured pre-recorded contributions from Dr Mariam Al Naemi, emergency consultant at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi; Mohammed Al Kaabi, CEO of the UAE Cancer Support Association; Tala Al Ramahi, Director of Last Mile Strategy; and Giuseppe Saba, general director of the International Humanitarian City.

The UAE’s Humanitarian Legacy will be broadcast on Wednesday, April 3 at 5 pm on local television networks and will then be available to view on the Majlis Mohammad bin Zayed YouTube channel.


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