UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving’ to promote the culture of giving back to the community and enhance the spirit of volunteering and loyalty to one’s country.
The “Year of Giving” will focus on three main pillars: the first of which aims at creating a sense of community responsibility in the private sector so as to fulfil its role in serving the community and contribute in the developmental march of the country. The second pillar focuses on enhancing the spirit of volunteering and encouraging specialised volunteer programs that will effectively assist in social development and community services. The third pillar aims at instilling loyalty and commitment in the next generations to serve their country, a trait that is characteristic of Emiratis who were raised to love and serve their country.
UAE President affirmed that designating the year 2017 as the “Year of Giving” mirrors the method adopted by the UAE ever since its formation, a method based on helping others without expecting anything in return. His Highness further explained that the UAE is known for its philanthropic activities and helping the less fortunate worldwide while the people of the UAE follow in the footsteps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the world-renowned philanthropist.
His Highness emphasised that the UAE has made great strides in charitable and philanthropic works and that it is necessary to open people up to the notion of giving back to society.