Volunteers help feed 10,000 labourers iftar meals in Dubai

More than 2,500 chickens and 4,000 kg of rice are used to feed construction workers

A street in Dubai was closed to traffic on Friday to make way for 10,000 labourers who were served free iftar meals.

Private-equity firm, Berkley Assets served up the food to mark the holy night of Laylat Al Qadr - believed to be the night the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed.

Officers from Al Qusais Police station closed down the street in the Sonapur labour accommodation on Friday, before volunteers handed out boxes of food.

More than 2,500 chickens and 4,000 kg of rice were used to feed the construction workers. Some 5,000 were fed on site, while the remaining 5,000 were given boxes of food to take home.

“I’m so proud of my team and everyone else who turned out to deliver the food on this special day,” said Omar Jackson, partner at Berkeley Assets.

“We’re indebted to Dubai Police who gave us fantastic support to make it happen.”

Among those in attendance was UN Goodwill Ambassador Roy Fernandes.

“This was a wonderful initiative by Omar and his team,” he said.

“They have got Dubai Police and so many others involved and everybody worked together to make sure that such a large number of people got fed.”

Updated: June 1, 2019 04:21 PM

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