Sheikh Hamdan poses for the photo with Ferjan Dubai team members on Friday. WAM
Sheikh Hamdan lauded the team’s efforts and initiatives, which are aligned with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to enrich the quality of life in Dubai’s neighbourhoods.
"The Ferjan Dubai initiative consolidates community development and reinforces national identity, helps nurture cultural values and encourages talents and home businesses among members of Dubai neighbourhoods. It has enriched Dubai’s neighbourhoods by helping develop a cohesive social life, empowering communities, connecting families, and promoting a culture of volunteerism,” His Highness said.
Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs; and Saeed Al Eter, Director-General of The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, were present during the meeting.
Sheikh Hamdan was briefed about the objectives of Ferjan Dubai, which seeks to encourage community involvement, empower people through volunteering, connect government entities with the community, and help the private sector create community support programmes, among others.
He was also briefed about Ferjan Dubai’s various initiatives, including community gatherings. Since March 2022, Ferjan Dubai has hosted 32 events that saw the participation of more than 1,900 community members. Its initiatives have reached 250,000 people through social media platforms and helped start 2,500 home-based projects.
The Ferjan Dubai team comprises 281 primary and affiliate members who have completed over 15,000 hours of volunteer service since the initiative’s launch. Ferjan Dubai has also entered into 15 agreements with private and public sector companies in Dubai to enhance its community activities.
Sheikh Hamdan has approved the launch of a digital platform that allows citizens registered in the housing programme to exchange grants, land and housing units among themselves, according to their personal priorities.
The Minister of Energy said, “The ministry has developed a long-term housing strategy that extends to the year 2040, using artificial intelligence to predict housing needs and available land in the various emirates of the country.”
"The UAE has always supported aspiring artists and this enabling environment has made us who we are today," said Saleh.
"We directed various taskforces to implement 50 projects and initiatives related to retirees, community development, social services, housing, quality of life and endowments. The projects and initiatives reflect the vision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid to promote sustainable development."
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