Dubai: Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, on Wednesday announced the launch of the ‘Day for Dubai’ initiative.
The initiative aims to both solidify social responsibility among 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 skill set to volunteer, giving back to those in need, improving and maintaining their city and community, and protecting the environment.
Shaikh Hamdan made the announcement while leading the Executive Council of Dubai’s board meeting at Emirates Towers. Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, was present during the meeting.
Commenting on the announcement, Shaikh Hamdan said: “UAE residents are characterised 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.”
He emphasised 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.
Shaikh Hamdan also called on residents to align their ideas with Dubai’s vision and strategic plans that aim to create a cohesive and inclusive society. He 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, the Dubai Crown Prince encouraged private and public sector organisations to join the citywide volunteering movement to develop and participate in volunteering opportunities, create meaningful partnerships, and ensure that residents are invited to be active participants.
Shaikh Hamdan called on residents to dedicate their time, and go beyond typical volunteering activities, by making volunteering a lifestyle, through the dedication of their time, knowledge, skills and passion.
The launch of the Day for Dubai stems from the remarkable engagement that took place following the recent announcement of the pioneering crowdsourcing platform by Shaikh Hamdan.
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.