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Hamdan bin Mohammed issues directives to establish a new Thukher Club for senior citizens in Al Khawaneej

18 February 2024

The club will serve as a community hub designed to promote the wellbeing and quality of life of senior citizens

To be built over an area of 20,000 square feet, the club will include a wellness centre with personalised nutrition and fitness services

The club will feature a library, theatre and smart platforms to help senior citizens easily access government services

His Highness: Dubai cherishes and respects its senior citizens and is committed to ensuring their full integration and active participation in society

 

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and Chairman of Dubai’s Higher Committee for Development and Citizens Affairs,  issued directives to establish a new Thukher Club for senior citizens in Al Khawaneej area in Dubai. The club will serve as a community hub designed to promote the wellbeing and quality of life of senior citizens.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “The establishment of a new Thukher Club for senior citizens aligns with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote the wellbeing of senior citizens and provide them with the best possible care and support. It also closely aligns with the objectives of the Dubai Social Agenda 33, which focuses on building happier and more cohesive families.”

His Highness added: “Dubai cherishes and respects its senior citizens and is committed to ensuring their full integration and active participation in society. Our senior citizens have been instrumental in shaping Dubai's remarkable success story and contributing to the nation's development as one of the world’s best cities. It is therefore our duty to show them appreciation and provide the support, care and empowerment necessary for them to enjoy a high quality of life.”

To be built over an area of 20,000 square feet, the club will include a wellness centre with personalised nutrition and fitness services. It will serve as a social and cultural hub featuring a library, theatre and smart platforms to help senior citizens easily access government services. The centre will also foster intergenerational connections through an interactive café.

The new Thukher Club building will feature three main sections designed to offer comprehensive services for senior citizens, focusing on promoting wellbeing, health and fitness, and fostering stronger community bonds.

The Thukher initiative is implemented in collaboration with several strategic partners including: Dubai Police, Community Development Authority, Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Health Authority, Digital Dubai Authority, Department of Finance, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Dubai Health. The clubs launched under the umbrella of the initiative aim to promote physical wellbeing, good nutrition and cultural and social enrichment. They also incorporate branches of the Dubai Public Libraries, which provide traditional and digital library services.

His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said: “The Dubai Social Agenda 33, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, emphasises family welfare as crucial for national development. By prioritising the wellbeing of families and individuals, this agenda ensures continued prosperity, stability and advancement. The launch of a new Thukher Club in Al Khawaneej will ensure senior citizens are provided with a wide array of services catering to the physical, mental and psychological needs of senior citizens, reinforcing their integral role in society.”

His Excellency Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh, Director General of the Department of Finance (DoF) for the Government of Dubai, said: “The establishment of a new Thukher Club aligns with the principles of the Dubai Social Agenda 33, which seeks to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens. By providing essential services and support, the club contributes to the wellbeing and happiness of senior citizens. As a strategic partner to Thukher Club, we endorse the launch of a new branch of the club and are confident it will significantly benefit the local community and greatly enhance the health, wellness and happiness of senior citizens.”

Her Excellency Hessa bint Issa Buhumaid, Director General of the Community Development Authority, said: “The new Thukher Club to be established in Al Khawaneej reflects the leadership's commitment to enhancing social cohesion, with a focus on empowering senior citizens. Renowned for its success in Al Safa Park, the Thukher Club's environment is acclaimed for empowering seniors and fostering community participation. The new branch in Al Khawaneej will further enhance services for seniors and will offer initiatives and programmes geared towards fostering their integration and empowerment.”

His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of Digital Dubai, said: “The Thukher Club perfectly aligns with Dubai and the UAE's overarching vision, which prioritises happiness, familial unity and comprehensive care for all community members, particularly senior citizens. The new Thukher Club underscores the leadership's dedication to this demographic, contributing to reinforcing Dubai's global reputation as the best city for living. This recognition showcases Dubai's dedication to fostering citizen happiness and its conviction that human development is essential for advancement.”

Her Excellency Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), said: “The Thukher Club plays a pivotal role in fostering intergenerational connections and promoting social cohesion among senior citizens. Launching a new branch in Al Khawaneej underscores the commitment to enhancing services for the elderly, aligning perfectly with the Dubai Social Agenda 33. At Dubai Culture, we deeply appreciate the invaluable contributions of our seniors and are committed to addressing their cognitive and cultural needs through the resources found within the Thukher Club library. This recognition serves as a heartfelt tribute to their priceless contributions, wealth of life experiences, and limitless energy.”

His Excellency Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: “The Thukher Club embodies the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, demonstrating his profound care for senior citizens and commitment to enhance their quality of life and promote their happiness. It also reflects the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, and Chairman of Dubai’s Higher Committee for Development and Citizens Affairs, who always directs for the provision of the best services and care for seniors."

His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, said: “The Thukher Club stands as a testament to the thoughtful generosity of our leadership to ensure the nation's development and bring joy to people. The Thukher Club embodies loyalty, love and appreciation for our senior citizens, highlighting the enduring significance of those who have dedicated their lives to serving the nation. The club offers seniors an enriching environment, providing access to exceptional sporting facilities, support services, opportunities for socialising with friends, engaging in reading and participating in various activities.”

His Excellency Dr. Amer Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Health, said: “Launching the Thukher Club in Al Khawaneej underscores the profound commitment of our leadership to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for our senior citizens. We aim to enhance their wellbeing by integrating health, psychological and social services. Since the inception of the first Thukher Club branch in Al Safa, our strategic partnership with the government reflects our unwavering dedication to providing comprehensive support and care to senior citizens, benefiting both them and the wider community.”

Thukher Club in Al Safa Park

The Thukher Club in Al Safa Park has an exceptionally busy schedule of events. In the second half of 2023, the club organised 57 workshops and lectures that attracted 1,780 participants, with a total of 868 members, including 479 men and 389 women.

The club has obtained three ISO certificates so far, including ISO 22316: 2017 (organisational resilience), ISO 23592: 2021 (customer excellence), and ISO 37101:2021 (sustainable development).

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27 teams qualify for Gov Games 2024 from the Battle of the Community Qualification

17 February 2024

27 teams have qualified to the fifth edition of the Gov Games, the Organising Committee of Gov Games 2024 announced today, following a highly competitive qualifying round, which saw teams going head-to-head in the challenge hosted in Damac Hills 2 Dubai.

The 27 qualifying teams, in addition to team Parkour DXB – the champion of the Gov Games 2023 Community category– will now head to the Gov Games 2024, which will be staged at Dubai Festival City from 29 February to 3 March 2024, where they will vie for the grand prize.

Marwan bin Essa, Director of Gov Games, said: “The widespread, enthusiastic participation in this year’s Battle of the Community, with 106 teams registered to participate in the qualifying round, highlights an eagerness to embrace a healthy and physical lifestyle, across all segments of society.

“For five editions now, the Gov Games has proactively fostered stronger social bonds among community members, and helped to elevate the quality of life in Dubai, which stands at the forefront of active global cities prioritising peoples’ health and well-being,” he added. “The qualifying round today showcased intense competition from all participating teams, and we look forward to seeing which team will ultimately prevail in the Finals, as we crown the 2024 Community Champion”.

In its fifth edition, Gov Games will host a total of 168 teams. That will include 84 teams in the Battle of the Government category, 28 teams in the Battle of the Community category, and 28 teams from global destinations in the Battle of the Cities category. It also includes the Battle of the Juniors category, which will whiteness 28 teams of children aged 10-13 years old compete in an exciting atmosphere.

Gov Games 2024 is held in partnership with DP World, Dubai Sports Council as Strategic Sponsor, Emirates General Petroleum Corporation (Emarat), Damac Properties and Emirates Post Group (7X) as Golden Sponsors and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and First Abu Dhabi Bank as silver sponsors in addition to Dubai Festival City, Home Bakery, Al Fares International Tents, and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du).

More details about the Gov Games can be found on www.govgames.ae, or on the competition’s dedicated social media accounts: Instagram, TikTok, X (Twitter), and Facebook @GovGames.

 

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Hamdan bin Mohammed approves expansion of ‘Dubai Schools’ project with a budget of AED530 million

30 January 2024

Project includes establishment of a new school in Al Khawaneej and the expansion of the Dubai Schools Al Barsha

The expansion of the ‘Dubai Schools’ project aligns with the goals of the Dubai Social Agenda 33

Over 6,400 seats, 295 classrooms and 123 laboratories and specialist classrooms to be added, bringing the total number of student seats provided by 'Dubai Schools' to 15,000 by 2033

His Highness: Aligned with the vision of Mohammed bin Rashid, we are spearheading an educational renaissance in Dubai that aims to nurture and empower capable leaders

 

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, has approved the expansion of the ‘Dubai Schools’ project with a budget of AED530 million, in line with the Dubai Social Agenda 33 that was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

As part of the project, a new school is being established in Al Khawaneej, and the Dubai Schools Al Barsha branch is currently undergoing expansion. This contributes to adding over 6,400 seats, 295 classrooms and 123 laboratories and specialist classrooms, with a view to achieving the vision of providing 15,000 seats across 'Dubai Schools' by 2033.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “Knowledge stands as the bedrock of progress, playing a pivotal role in shaping our society and economy for the years to come. Aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, we are spearheading an educational renaissance in Dubai that aims to nurture and empower capable leaders, prepared to make valuable contributions to building the nation’s future. Our ongoing commitment to creating a world-leading education system in Dubai aligns with the Dubai Social Agenda 33, under the theme ‘Family: The Foundation of the Nation.’ This effort also consistently fuels the intellectual dynamism that is crucial for enhancing the overall quality of life in the city.”

The expansion of the ‘Dubai Schools’ project aligns with the goals of the Dubai Social Agenda 33, which seeks to enhance the quality of education in Dubai and position it among the world’s top 10 cities. The project aims to build a world-class education system in the emirate, with a focus on increasing the number of schools and seats available, investing in new technologies and facilities and promoting innovation and creativity in the classroom.

Innovative Emirati Model

The Al Khawaneej and Al Barsha schools are direct outcomes of the ‘Dubai Schools’ project. In its inaugural academic year, the ‘Dubai Schools’ project welcomed 1,205 students, then increased its capacities to 1,965 students by the second year. By the academic year 2023/2024, the number of enrolled students reached 2,580. The schools have a diverse student body, with representation from 38 different nationalities.

International Standards

The new school in Al Khawaneej, spanning 446,720 square feet, is designed to accommodate 4,028 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 12. The state-of-the-art institution is being built in accordance with international standards, offering 149 classrooms and 71 laboratories and specialist classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technologies. The school will feature an array of amenities, including three indoor pools, including a Semi-Olympic pool, indoor sports halls, dedicated sports hall for early years, a football pitch designed according to international standards and five outdoor courts. Furthermore, it will house an expansive 11,800 square foot library, enhancing the overall learning environment.

The expansion of the Al Barsha branch will enhance its capacity by adding 2,408 seats through 98 new classrooms, resulting in a total capacity of 3,520 students upon completion. The project will feature two indoor pools, including a Semi-Olympic pool, along with a football pitch designed according to international standards. Additionally, the expansion will encompass two sports halls, seven versatile outdoor courts, a library spanning 6,800 square feet and 52 laboratories and specialist classrooms.

The Knowledge Fund Establishment and Dubai Municipality announced that the projects have achieved a 50% completion milestone, with both expected to be ready for the academic year 2024/2025.

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Hamdan bin Mohammed launches AED500 million ‘Dubai International Growth Initiative” to accelerate global expansion of SMEs by extending financing at competitive rates

28 January 2024

The initiative launched by the Government of Dubai in partnership with Emirates NBD, is available to all SMEs founded in Dubai

 

Hamdan bin Mohammed: The Dubai International Growth Initiative further strengthens Dubai's leading position as a global business hub

Maktoum bin Mohammed: Facilitating the sustainable global expansion of SMEs is a priority for the Dubai Government in line with the D33 Agenda

 

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, launched the ‘Dubai International Growth Initiative’, for AED500 million, to accelerate the expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) established in Dubai into global markets. This initiative is launched by the Government of Dubai in partnership with Emirates National Bank of Dubai (Emirates NBD).

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed underscored Dubai's pivotal role in the global economy and its leading position as an international hub for business and trade. “Guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and aligned with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33 to double the size of the economy, the Dubai International Growth Initiative will support the global expansion of SMEs founded in Dubai. Small and medium-sized enterprises play a vital role in the emirate's economy, comprising 95% of registered businesses,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

“The consistent and robust support for entrepreneurs, investors and SMEs reflects Dubai's business-friendly environment, making it an attractive destination for both local and global investments,” His Highness added.

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE, said: “Dubai has launched several initiatives aimed at empowering businesses, under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Among these, the Dubai International Growth Initiative, for AED500 million, serves as a strategic commitment to the future development of Dubai's economy.”

HH Sheikh Maktoum added: “Facilitating the sustainable global expansion of SMEs is a priority for the government in line with the D33 Agenda. These businesses play a pivotal role in the emirate, employing over 60% of the workforce. We express our appreciation to Emirates NBD for its strategic partnership with the Government of Dubai to support this initiative. The private sector remains a crucial partner in nurturing the growth of Dubai's economy.”

Open to all SMEs founded in Dubai, irrespective of the nationality of the owner, the initiative is designed to empower businesses to expand internationally. The initiative will focus on key strategic sectors of the emirate. Emirates NBD will announce further details on the financing programme in February.

Emirates NBD will provide financing to eligible companies at competitive rates, charging the Emirates’ Interbank Offered Rate (EIBOR) with no additional margin. A joint steering committee will be established, comprising representatives from the Government of Dubai and Emirates NBD, responsible for guiding the initiative, selecting eligible SMEs, overseeing the implementation and ensuring its success meeting the emirate's strategic objectives.

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