Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and as an extension for the charitable and humanitarian work carried out by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Establishment every year in the Holy Month of Ramadan inside and outside the state, the Establishment revealed set of Charitable projects to be implemented in the state during Ramadan for the beneficiaries of citizens and residents as well as the needy Muslims in a number of brotherly and friendly countries, as part of its keenness to deliver the necessary support to the needy Muslims at a cost of seventy million and seven hundred thousand Dirhams where number of these projects amounted to 00 projects inside and outside the state. These projects help everyone to receive the holy month of Ramadan.
This was stated by His Excellency Counselor Ibrahim Boumelha, Advisor to His Highness the Ruler of Dubai for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who added that the Establishment's policy in this regard is derived from the State's strategy in the field of achieving comprehensive social solidarity for all segments of society. The Establishment has developed an action plan to implement these projects early to enable beneficiaries to make the best use of these assistances early to prepare for the holy month and to avoid the congestion that occurs every year at the headquarters of the Establishment due to the plenty of applicants for assistances.
H.E/ Ibrahim Boumelha expressed his thanks to H.E/ Sheikha Hind bint Juma Al Maktoum for her financial support to many charitable projects carried out by the Establishment, especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan as she is keen on implementing Ramadan Project annually with the Establishment in order to support the abstinent families during this holy Month. Boumelha prayed to Allah to accept her good deeds and reward her for the amounts she pays for charitable project in the Day of Resurrection.
Boumelha said that the Establishment has distributed Ramadan foodstuffs this year for the 12th consecutive time through smart magnetized cards which is one of the modern and innovative humanitarian projects and programs offered to the needy. The Establishment was a pioneer in this field and excelled in it to a great extent and still provides such innovative giving in line with the directives of the wise leadership of our state by using the modern technology to provide services in a simple and innovative manner. The Establishment is the first institution in the state that implements the project of Ramadan foodstuffs in this way, where the benefits and positive outputs will be given to the relevant beneficiaries. These cards will be distributed to the beneficiaries throughout the state in coordination with the Establishment partners in the humanitarian work of charities in each emirate. The number of families benefiting from these cards amounted to 6 thousand families valued with value of million and three hundred thousand Dirhams.
Boumelha added that one of the Establishment's Ramadan projects this year is the distribution of Zakat early to enable beneficiaries to make the best use of these aids during the holy month in the Emirate of Dubai and the Northern Emirates as part of the Establishment's sleekness to help the poor, orphans, widows and needy citizens of the UAE and residents of various nationalities to fulfill their needs and make them happy during this Holy Month. The total amount of Zakat funds amounted to 40 million Dirhams benefitting 8 thousand families. Boumelha thanked and appreciated all those who cooperated with the Establishment and deposited their Zakat with it stressing that this cooperation will continue with philanthropists, benevolent persons and businessmen to serve the poor and needy.
Ibrahim Boumelha said that one of the Establishment's projects inside the country is the project of distributing consumer products of sugar that people need during the holy month of Ramadan. Boumelha expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Gulf Sugar Factory and its owner Jamal Majid Al Ghurair, who donated for the eleventh successive year quantities of sugar this year that reached 150 tons of about 15 thousand packages, the weight of is each 10 kilos. These quantities have been distributed among the charities working in other emirates to ensure the arrival of this important commodity to the homes of beneficiaries. The value of these quantities distributed amounted to about 450 thousand Dirhams.
Convoys for Schwab within the state
Boumelha stated that on the occasion of Zayed Humanitarian Day which is so precious to us, the Establishment launched several humanitarian initiatives inside the state and in several friendly countries in line with the directives of H.E Sheikh Zayed regarding the humanitarian work. Schwab convoy was launched to honor the first generation of founders of parents and grandparents who lived and grew up on the land of this state and contributed by their patience and struggle in laying the first building blocks to build a modern state. The Establishment organized the initiative of Al-Shawab Ramadan Convoy by holding collective Iftar for the elderly people and orphans. Eid clothes were distributed to orphans and the convoy moved at 15 stations.
As for the projects carried out outside the country, Boumelha suggested that the implementation of such projects in a number of countries reflect the bonds of brotherhood in such dignified occasions advocated by our true religion. In cooperation with number of charitable institutions and societies, the Establishment implemented number the project of Ramadan Iftar in 50 countries all over the world to provide the necessary aids and deliver them to families with low income in the holy month as part of the cooperation between the Establishment and its counterparts in brotherly and friendly countries amounting to more than one million and two hundred thousand dirhams. The number of benefitting families amounted to 86,000 families.