The UAE’s New Year’s resolution? Make 2017 the ‘year of giving’

Published December 29th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
The initiative is aimed at creating a generation with a sense of responsibility and desire to give back. (Shutterstock)
The initiative is aimed at creating a generation with a sense of responsibility and desire to give back. (Shutterstock)

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving’ in the country.

There will be three main themes: strengthening social responsibility in the private sector, promoting a spirit of volunteering and strengthening the concept of serving the nation in new generations of Emiratis and expatriates. “Choosing 2017 to be the Year of Giving reflects the UAE’s humanitarian approach since its establishment,” Sheikh Khalifa said.

The initiative showcases a vision for preparing generations that are ambitious and proud of their identity and uphold a deep-rooted sense of responsibility and giving back, he said, adding, “In the UAE, we are combining our efforts in generous giving and remain united to achieve one goal – sowing the seeds of giving to promote happiness for all humanity.”

“The Year of Giving is being embraced by the UAE as a continuous approach to promoting the values of volunteering and community responsibility so as to bolster cohesion and solidarity of society. This approach inspires a roadmap for a state that was founded on the principles of promoting generous giving and human dignity and establishing the values of tolerance and cooperation,” he stated.


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