Founding Father's legacy of giving continues as UAE marks Zayed Humanitarian Work Day

Zayed Humanitarian Work Day falls each year on Ramadan 19

UAE leaders and government officials have paid tribute to the legacy that UAE Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has passed on to future generations.

Zayed Humanitarian Work Day falls each year on Ramadan 19, which is also the date that Sheikh Zayed died in 2004.

It commemorates his humanitarian legacy and how the UAE has continued his journey of giving.

It's also an annual event to announce the launch of several humanitarian and charity initiatives through official community events held in the Emirates.

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman, said the UAE continues to carry on the humanitarian work started by Sheikh Zayed that has earned the UAE a significant regional and international humanitarian stature.

He said the UAE is proud of its many initiatives and the humanitarian assistance that it provides regionally and globally, including the current One Billion Meals campaign, which was launched at the start of Ramadan to keep people in 50 countries from going hungry this holy month.

Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said on Zayed Humanitarian Work Day it was important to remember "the lessons of generosity, giving and benevolence" that Sheikh Zayed passed on to all Emiratis.

"It guides successive generations to continue the path of humanitarian work to make humanity happy and to expand and sustain humanitarian work," he said

Hessa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development said Zayed Humanitarian Work Day serves as a reminder of Sheikh Zayed's vision of tolerance and giving without limits. She said this was evident in the fact that the UAE has become one of the largest providers of humanitarian aid.

Sheikh Zayed established the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) in 1971 to manage overseas aid programmes.

Its current director general, Mohammed Al Suwaidi, said ADFD is a national institution "firmly rooted in Sheikh Zayed's principles and follows his vision of sustainable development and financing sustainable projects in developing countries".

He said the fund will continue follow in the footsteps of Sheikh Zayed and stand by the international community to help overcome any developmental challenges.

"We will continue to build bridges of trust with nations, provide developmental support to them, promote the national economy, enable the local industry to become more competitive – in line with the UAE's vision and strategy – and support our country in its effort to diversify the economy and make it more sustainable," Mr Al Suwaidi said.

Updated: April 20, 2022, 9:04 AM