Sponsors of Al Bayt Mitwahid Awards Ceremony honoured

ABU DHABI: Jabr Mohammed Ghanem Al Suwaidi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court General Director, has attended the “Al Bayt Mitwahid” Award Ceremony at Al Bateen Majlis in Abu Dhabi. Inspired by the leadership of our President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and by the famous words “Al Bayt Mitwahid – Our Home is United,” said in 2012 by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the employees of the Crown Prince’s Court, launched Al Bayt Mitwahid campaign to celebrate unity and promote a culture of giving back across UAE communities.

Al Suwaidi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court General Director, thanked all sponsors and CPC employees who worked on implementing this campaign, commending and praising their efforts that were instrumental in making the campaign a success. The campaign, he said, aims to promote and celebrate unity and a culture of giving and feelings of solidarity and mutual responsibility across UAE communities.

At the close of the ceremony, Al Suwaidi honoured the campaign sponsors, including: Abu Dhabi Chamber represented by Mohamed Helal Al Muhairi, Director General; First Gulf Bank represented by Abdulhamid Mohamed Saeed, Managing Director; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) represented by Ala’a Mohamed Eraiqat, Executive Director and CEO; National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) represented by Abdulla Mohammed Saleh Abdul Raheem, Deputy Group Chief Executive; Emirates Road Contracting Company represented by Yousef Saif Hamarain, General Manager; Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company, represented by Walid Abdulsalam Sidani, CEO; National Marine Dredging Company, represented by Abdul Ghaffar Abdul Khaleq AI Khouri, Board Member; International Golden Group, represented by Fadhel Saif Al Kaabi, CEO; Al Romaithi Investment Group, represented by Ahmed Mohamed Khamis Al Romaithi, Group Chairman; Total United Arab Emirates, represented by Hatem Nuseibeh, President and Group Chief Representative; Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT), represented by Youns Abdul-Aziz Al Nimr, Chief Human Resources Officer; Crescent Petroleum represented by Abdullah Al Qadi, Director, Exploration ‘&’ Production.

Al Suwaidi said that CPC Employees had adopted the Al Bayt Mitwahid (Our Home is United) theme as a source of inspiration in developing innovative initiatives that serve communities across the UAE. Al Bayt Mitwahid campaign is rooted in the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed, and guided by the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Al Suwaidi emphasised that His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, continuously emphasises the importance of contributions to society made by all members of society – individuals and entities. Such contributions reinforce the notion that all members of society are partners in building the nation and instilling the values of national unity, patriotism, and good citizenship.

Al Suwaidi thanked the campaign sponsors who had reaffirmed their commitment to society through supporting a campaign that serves the nation and its citizens. Such action, he said, demonstrates that the development of society is not the sole responsibility of the government, but the responsibility of all. This path makes our ambitions sustainable, fulfils our wise leaderships’ hopes and aspirations, and makes everyone a part of this progress.

He addressed all companies across private and public sectors, urging them to take part in such campaigns as a means of giving back to the country. It is time, he said, to dedicate some of their success to serving their communities. Such contributions, he assured, will only add success to success.

The seven initiatives were implemented across the UAE included: The Mentoring Initiative took place in Abu Dhabi whereby 20 CPC employees provided meaningful career advice, professional development and skill-building opportunities to 40 students. The initiative focused on developing students and enabling them to take their first steps across various sectors towards realising Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

The Environmental Initiative in Dubai was aimed at raising environmental awareness and encouraging school students to adopt the latest environmentally friendly technologies.

Al Aqsa Public School in Dubai was selected and was fitted with energy and water saving technologies (LED lights and motion-activated faucets) to reduce its water and energy consumption, and encourage its students to adopt such practices at home.

The Special Needs Initiative was held in Sharjah, with the aim of equipping more than 100 hearing-impaired students with specialised assistive learning technologies to improve their learning experience.

The initiative included equipping Al Amal Centre for Deaf Students with specialised assistive learning technologies that will improve the Centre’s diagnostic capabilities. Technologies provided included interactive smart boards. The schools lab was also replaced by a state-of-the-art laboratory in addition to the latest diagnostic and speech therapy equipment.

The Agriculture Initiative took place in Ajman, with the aim of developing some of the first hydroponic feed-farms in the UAE by providing several farms in Ajman with hydroponic farming technologies that reduce water consumption in farming an agricultural product that is typically water-intensive. The initiative hoped to raise awareness about hydroponic farming and its benefits with the aim of helping farmers produce feed product while using efficient farming technologies that reduce water consumption.

In Fujairah, the Fishing Initiative, involved developing a 1 km2 fish reserve in Dhadna by constructing and deploying environmentally friendly reef balls. The fish reserve will become a primary feeding area for demersal fish off the coast of Fujairah. Employees also helped establish an area for sustainable fishing techniques along the emirate’s coast to encourage environmentally friendly fishing practices.

The reserve and fishing areas will include a total of 500 reef balls. Reef balls will be implanted with corals, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Water.

In Umm Al Quwain, the Family Initiative involved developing a 1.2 km walkway, children playground and seating areas in Umm Al Quwain beach in Al Ras area.

The initiative aims to encourage families to adopt healthy lifestyles and to incorporate exercise into their daily routine.

The Elderly Initiative took place in Ras Al Khaimah, that includes the highest percentage of senior citizens in the UAE. The objective of this initiative was to build a Majlis and coffee shop in Ras Al Khaimah that will become a permanent medium for the elderly to socialize, therefore instilling the deeply rooted cultural values of family unity and caring for the elderly.

This initiative also aims to encourage members of society to allocate time and effort to interact with the elderly. Towards enhancing the social roles of the elderly in society, this initiative aims to provide them a suitable environment where they can fully perform social activities.

The Al Bayt Mitwahid campaign aims to celebrate unity and foster national identity, patriotism and sense of belonging across the UAE.

The campaign also aims to promote a culture of giving, caring, solidarity, a sense of duty and mutual responsibility among and across UAE communities. The campaign and its initiatives are conducted in coordination and cooperation with many related local and federal entities, according to a set timeline.

Al Bayt Mitwahid’s campaign provides an open platform for UAE communities to give back to society by taking part in creating, fundraising, planning and implementing creative, catalytic and caring initiatives, programs and events that celebrate unity and foster feeling of solidarity and sense of duty and contribute to addressing key community needs while catalysing innovative and sustainable practices in line with the nation’s priorities.