By Bernd Debusmann Jr
A number of Emirati-owned businesses have made charitable initiatives during the coronavirus pandemic
The Dubai-based Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group has donated AED 13 million to support Dubai schools and the Dubai Health Authority and has given its residential tenants leeway when it comes to paying rent during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The company said AED3 million of the donation would go to supporting distance learning initiatives in public and non-profit schools throughout the emirate.
“The foundation will provide computers to schools in the Dubai Education Zone,” the statement said.
An additional AED 10 million will be given to the Dubai Health Authority to help fund preventive measures and combat the spread of Covid-19.
Additionally, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group Real Estate has offered tenants in its residential buildings the option of postponing rent payments for three-months.
A number of other Emirati businesses and business people have taken similar charitable steps to help people in the UAE during the pandemic.
Several days ago, for example, Emirati businessman Abdul Rahim Al Zarooni, the chairman of the board of the Al Zarooni Group, announced a AED 10 million donation to help ensure that healthcare centres and clinics have necessary medical supplies.
“The UAE possesses the world’s best medical capabilities and infrastructure which will help effectively safeguard public health,” Al Zarooni said. “However, our society has a collective responsibility to enhance efforts to ensure the UAE continues to provide the world’s best living conditions.”