UAE's Year of Giving will bring 'spirit of co-operation', says Dubai Ruler

Sheikh Mohammed publishes New Year address to the nation, says 2017 will usher in positive change
UAE's Year of Giving will bring 'spirit of co-operation', says Dubai Ruler
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE. (Stranger/AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Tue 27 Dec 2016 11:28 AM

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, this week urged citizens to give back to society, proclaiming that “human beings can never feel contented till they start giving”.

In a New Year address to the nation, Sheikh Mohammed said he hoped that 2017 would bring a “spirit of cooperation and loyalty to society”. His address, published on state news agency WAM in an article entitled “What Do We Want From the Year of Giving?”, came just days after UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as the “Year of Giving” to promote the culture of volunteering and loyalty to one’s country.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “We began the tradition of charity during the era of Sheikh Zayed, and now we are witnessing his sons similarly making a difference during their reign. As the New Year approaches, we hope it will bring blessing, giving, a spirit of co-operation and loyalty in the society.”

Expressing optimism that 2017 would ring in changes for the better in society, he said the best thing that can happen by the time the “Year of Giving” comes to an end would be that people would have inculcated the importance of doing charity work in the younger generations.

“I say to our governmental institutions: your work is about giving untiringly,” he wrote. “Your consistent aim is to usher in real change in our country. In the Year of Giving, we expect you to come up with bold initiatives.

“I want you to open your doors to volunteers and enforce a culture of volunteering and serving the nation through the educational curricula.

“I want you to join hands with, and provide opportunities to, the private sector to undertake charitable missions. We need to formulate an appropriate legislative framework in which everyone can volunteer. We need to devise ways to reward those who make a positive change.”

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