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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed launches Day for Dubai initiative and encourages UAE residents to volunteer


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, announced today the launch of the ‘Day for Dubai’ initiative. The initiative aims to both solidify social responsibility amongst its citizens, and reinforce the spirit of volunteerism. It encourages every resident to share the gift of their time by dedicating at least one day of the year to leverage their talent and skillset to volunteer – giving back to those in need, improving and maintaining their city and community, and protecting the environment.

His Highness made the announcement at The Executive Council of Dubai’s board meeting at Emirates Towers. The meeting saw the attendance of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy ruler of Dubai, and First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council and discussed various topics of discussion on the agenda.

Commenting on the occasion, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, said: “UAE residents are characterized by goodwill and are constantly ready to offer a helping hand. The ‘Day for Dubai’ initiative is testament to residents’ loyalty and belonging to their community, and serves to show how humane and tenacious our society really is.”

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council stressed the importance of volunteer work to local communities. In particular, he highlighted its importance to social cohesion, the role it plays in generating goodwill, and its correlation to communities’ advancement and prosperity.

His Highness also called on residents to align their ideas with Dubai’s vision and strategic plans that aim to create a cohesive and inclusive society. His Highness also underlined the fact that volunteering is a humanitarian and national duty– one that is rooted in the country’s history and values.

Highlighting the importance of supporting the aim and direction of initiatives, in line with the ‘Year of Zayed’ and ‘Year of Giving’, as well as establishing Dubai as the most giving city in the world, His Highness encouraged private and public organizations to join the city-wide volunteering movement, to develop and participate in volunteering opportunities, create meaningful partnerships, and ensure that residents are invited to be active participants. His Highness also called residents to dedicate their time, and go beyond the typical volunteering activities, by making volunteering a lifestyle, through the dedication of their time, knowledge, skills and passion.

The launch of ‘Day for Dubai’ stems from the remarkable engagement that took place following the recent announcement of the pioneering crowdsourcing platform by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan. The platform invited residents to suggest volunteering ideas that His Highness could implement on International Volunteer Day – ideas that both inspire, and encourage others to follow suit. The initiative resulted in more than 6 thousand ideas reflecting the innate responsibility of the residents towards their community; reemphasizing their alignment to the government; and demonstrating that volunteerism is embedded in the country’s cultural and social fabric.

The initiative urges community members to dedicate one day a year for volunteer work. Studies have shown that an individual spends 76 days a year browsing the internet and social media platforms – and devoting one day out of those to volunteering will help ensure a cohesive community.

Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy 2030

His Excellency Ahmad Butti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, presented the Integrated Water Resources Management Strategy 2030 at the meeting today. His Excellency also highlighted the benefits of implementing the strategy which include the use of recycled water - this will be equivalent to more than 370 billion gallons of desalinated water over 12 years, reducing the cost to 1.8 billion Dirhams.  His Excellency also highlighted that the use of recycled water will cease the depletion of ground water as well as reduce the dependency on water desalination which is not economic.

Maritime Security Project

The Executive Council meeting addressed the Maritime Security Project which was presented by Brigadier General Kamel Butti at Dubai Police Force. The Maritime Security Project will be implemented at a number of entities including Dubai Police Force; Dubai Customs; Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services; Dubai Maritime City; and Dubai Courts, in the aim of creating a system in response to maritime emergencies including fire and drowning.

Economic Growth Outlook

Dr. Raed Safadi, Executive Director, Economic Research and Policy at Department of Economic Development presented the outlook of the economic growth of Dubai for the years 2017 to 2019 in alignment with recent national and international changes. Dr. Safadi also showcased the sectorial growth achieved by Dubai in 2016 and that that’s expected for the emirate from 2017 to 2019 keeping the implementation of VAT in mind.