The Department of Economic Development-Ajman (DED-Ajman) has shared that it has adopted several initiatives that have been developed and inspired by the wisdom and legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE, in response to the announcement of His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, that 2018 is the ‘Year of Zayed.’ The move comes within the DED-Ajman’s commitment to celebrate the centennial of the UAE founder by moving forward with Sheikh Zayed’s high values—which have been used in advancing the process of building and developing and has helped rank the UAE as one of the world's most advanced nations. DED-Ajman has also launched the ‘Zayed Fund Initiative,’ in cooperation with the Ajman Charity Association.
DED-Ajman’s initiatives include the distribution of a book entitled ‘The Two Heroes Commanders,’ which talks about the lives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Another initiative is the holding of a women's empowerment event, which is an exhibition for women entrepreneurs that will be organized as part of DED-Ajman’s efforts to highlight the role of Emirati women in entrepreneurship, as well as highlighting the achievements of women leaders in the economic sector through social networks.
Ahmed Khair Al Blooshi, Acting Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication Department, DED Ajman, said: “The initiatives offer a diverse look into education, women and the environment, which were key focal points of UAE founding father Sheikh Zayed, who believed that science is wealth; placing the keystone for women advancement as they are co-partners in building the future builders. We look forward to contributing in highlighting the merits of a leader to make human development a priority for nation-building.”
DED-Ajman also intends to cooperate with the Municipality and Planning Department of Ajman in planting the Ghaf tree, which is an important and special species of UAE heritage. Childhood initiatives were not overlooked, as children from a nursery will be participating in the painting of a canvas in tribute of the late Sheikh Zayed. The Marketing and Corporate Communication department will issue a monthly bulletin on social media channels to inform younger generations about the lessons and tips learned from the achievements and values from Sheikh Zayed. Internally, a specially designed slogan entitled ‘Year of Zayed’ will be integrated into the e-mail signature of employees and all documents issued by DED-Ajman.