Dubai Culture Celebrates ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’
Al Twar Library hosts a panel discussion under the theme ‘Zayed Al-Khair’ in addition to several activities
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 June 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture arts and heritage, has hosted a panel decision under the theme ‘Zayed Al-Khair’ to highlight corporate social responsibility and the UAE’s humanitarian culture. The discussion was hosted in the Al Twar branch of Dubai Public Library to coincide with Zayed Humanitarian Day, which is celebrated on the 19th day of Ramadan each year and fell on the 14th June in 2017.
The event was organised by Dubai Culture’s CSR Team to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on Zayed Humanitarian Day. It hosted a number of individuals who had the privilege of living with His Highness Sheikh Zayed and who are considered active continuers of the late Founding Father’s humanitarian legacy in the field of charitable work.
The discussion featured Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarooni, Director of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority; Dr. Saif Rashed Al-Jabri, lecturer and author in Islamic affairs; and moderator Mr. Fahd Al-Mamari, Director of the Dubai Public Library. The session was attended by a number of Dubai Culture officials and a diverse audience, and at the end of the session the speakers were honoured by Mr. Dhaen Shaheen, Advisor to the Chairman of Dubai Culture.
Saeed Mohammed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture, commented: "The event was organised to emphasise our responsibility towards society and to honour the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The discussion highlighted his human history, celebrated his philanthropic principles and urged younger generations to follow his noble example, while also raising awareness of the UAE’s charitable culture and humanitarian efforts around the world."
Al Nabouda added: "This year's event is particularly important as it took place during the UAE’s Year of 2017. Dubai Culture is keen to develop community and humanitarian initiatives and programmes, because as a government entity it is our duty to promote cultural values, traditions and traditions. Our Arab and Islamic values underpin the UAE’s regional and international position as one of the most charitable nations in the world."
The session covered several topics including the culture of goodness nurtured by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and its continuing positive influence over the people of the UAE, as well as the various charity projects that have been launched across the world by Emirates Red Crescent since its inception. Another topic of discussion was the sustainability of good in the United Arab Emirates, which continues thanks to the ongoing legacy of the Founding Fathers.
In addition to the main event, a number of side events were organised to shed light on the values and objectives of the UAE’s Year of Giving 2017, including a documentary film entitled ‘Year of Giving’ and produced by the Dubai Culture, which focuses on charitable work in the ‘Emirate of Goodwill’. Volunteer artists of different nationalities also presented live works, demonstrating their eagerness to mark the occasion.
In 2017, Zayed Humanitarian Day coincides with the Year of Giving, which reflects the human heritage of the United Arab Emirates as established by the nation’s wise Founding Father His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, with the support of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the Emirate’s rich heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors.
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