You might have noticed that your mobile phone says Zayed Humanitarian Day.
The reason the network name has been temporarily replaced is that the UAE is celebrating Zayed Humanitarian Work Day on 4th June to honour the life and legacy of the UAE’s founder.
Held annually on the 19th day of Ramadan, the anniversary of the founding father’s passing, when there’s a national celebration to mark the humanitarian efforts of the UAE, led by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The late leader was passionate about charitable work. In fact, between 1971 and 2004, 117 countries around the world benefitted from AED90.5 billion in charitable aid from the UAE.
Today, the country continues to give aid for other nations in need, carrying on this legacy. In 2017, according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the nation ranked first in the world for foreign aid.
“We are following in the footsteps of the father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, to provide humanitarian and development aid, which is a key component of the UAE’s foreign policy,” said the UAE’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
“The country will continue following its cultural approach in its relations with other countries, and call for justice for the oppressed, and build bridges of love and co-operation between various people, to achieve peace and prosperity.”
To date, the UAE’s foreign aid has assisted 188 countries, through effective global initiatives, international partnerships and humanitarian services. Applause to everyone involved!
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