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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, said, "I extend my most sincere congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who launched the “1 Billion Meals” initiative."
He added, "Dewa is honoured to be a major supporter of the initiative, which was launched in conjunction with the Holy Month of Ramadan, and is the biggest humanitarian initiative of its kind in the region and globally. It aims to secure food aid for vulnerable communities regardless of religion, colour, race or culture, and will contribute to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2030, including the goal of eliminating hunger in the world."
The initiative, organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), is a continuation of last year’s “100 Million Meals” campaign, which ended up distributing 220 million meals, prompting the new goal of one billion meals.
To provide direct access to food supplies for the underprivileged and the undernourished in various parts of the world, the initiative cooperates with the United Nations’ World Food Programme, the Food Banking Regional Network, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UAE Food Bank, as well as a number of charity and humanitarian organisations.
The 13 countries where distribution has begun are Nigeria, India, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Tajikistan, Uganda, UAE, Kosovo, USA, and Albania utilising the existing field and logistical networks of the initiative’s operational partners.
The campaign raised over Dhs78 million, equivalent to providing more than 78 million meals, as massive donations continue to pour in from individuals, companies and entities inside and outside the UAE.
The “100 Million Meals” campaign is open to individuals and companies — inside and outside the UAE- to donate the value of meals. Every Dhs1 provides the basic food items that can prepare one meal in beneficiary countries.
“100 Million Meals” campaign, the region’s biggest food distribution drive, concluded on Saturday after drawing massive donations from 385,000 individuals, companies, businessmen and philanthropists across 51 countries through various donation channels and two charity auctions.
Their Highnesses expressed their sincere condolences and sympathies to the family of the deceased and his brothers Hamid Bin Nasser Al Owais, Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Owais, and his mercy bin Nasser Al Owais, and to his sons Ali, Abdul Rahman, Saqr, his mercy, and Abdullah Bin Muhammad Al Owais, asking the Almighty God to cover the deceased with his vast mercy and forgiveness, and to reside in his spacious paradise. And inspire his family with patience and solace.
An Israel-Hamas truce in the Gaza Strip stretched into a fifth day on Tuesday as the two sides completed the release of Israeli hostages and detained Palestinians under their original ceasefire deal and appeared poised to free more.
This diversion will be in place from 7:00 am to 11:00 am over three days - from Dec.1 to Dec.3. The measure coincides with the UAE’s Union Day celebrations and its hosting of COP28.