UAE-funded orphanage in Egypt ‘helps build future’



A UAE-funded orphanage in Ismailia, north-eastern Egypt, which opened on Tuesday, will support more than 100 youngsters until they graduate from university.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, the Minister of State, launched the Deir Mar Mina Orphanage accompanied by Bishop Seraphim of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Ismailia.

The UAE Funded Development Projects in Egypt rebuilt the establishment, the state news agency Wam reported.

“We are delighted to open this orphanage after it has been modernised to deliver social services and create circumstances that are conducive to enabling the orphans build their future and face the challenges of life,” said Dr Al Jaber.

The three-floor, 600sqm building has 35 rooms and four dining halls which can accommodate 600 people.

It also houses entertainment and sports centres.

Officials from the UAE, along with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St Mark, recently agreed to launch a series of projects that advance the Coptic Orthodox Church’s social mission, said Dr Al Jaber.

These include construction of a school, set for completion in May next year, medical centres, to open in June, and a Coptic heritage centre, to open in August.

“The Deir Mar Mina Orphanage is a model of joint efforts to offer assistance and support to orphans to help them build a happy life and become productive individuals,” Dr Al Jaber said.

Bishop Seraphim thanked the UAE Government for its support and humanitarian projects in Egypt.

“Today we are witnessing a project that has far-reaching humanitarian significance in serving orphans,” he said.

“Taking care of orphans is an important message that will have a direct impact on their lives and the community.”

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Gender pay parity on track in the UAE

The UAE has a good record on gender pay parity, according to Mercer's Total Remuneration Study.

"In some of the lower levels of jobs women tend to be paid more than men, primarily because men are employed in blue collar jobs and women tend to be employed in white collar jobs which pay better," said Ted Raffoul, career products leader, Mena at Mercer. "I am yet to see a company in the UAE – particularly when you are looking at a blue chip multinationals or some of the bigger local companies – that actively discriminates when it comes to gender on pay."

Mr Raffoul said most gender issues are actually due to the cultural class, as the population is dominated by Asian and Arab cultures where men are generally expected to work and earn whereas women are meant to start a family.

"For that reason, we see a different gender gap. There are less women in senior roles because women tend to focus less on this but that’s not due to any companies having a policy penalising women for any reasons – it’s a cultural thing," he said.

As a result, Mr Raffoul said many companies in the UAE are coming up with benefit package programmes to help working mothers and the career development of women in general. 

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