WAM ABU DHABI, July 14th, 2013 (WAM) — Over the years the landscape and image of the UAE has been transformed- giving the country a global heft. The makeover has been unthinkable and unimaginable not only to its motley mix of inhabitants, both Emiratis and expatriates alike, but also to the world at large, including the Cassandras in the West, the UAE daily ‘Gulf Today’, said in an editorial.
The spectacular and iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Metro, presented as the world’s longest driverless project, are just two examples of the pathbreaking ventures under the country’s leadership.
The country’s leadership is now spearheading a drive to win the World Expo 2020 bid. A report by Oxford economists has said that Dubai Expo 2020 would create 277,000 jobs between 2013-2021. About 25 million visitors are expected.
“The nation’s leaders are keen on showing the humane face of the UAE, projecting it as a torchbearer of humanitarian initiatives. The latest move by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to launch a drive during the Holy Month of Ramadan to clothe a million poor children across the globe is laudable, and beefs up the charitable image of the country. The campaign will continue till Sept.19, which is World Humanitarian Work Day”, added the paper.
It continued “At the launch of the campaign, Sheikh Mohammed said that goodness and giving have become a consistent legacy marked by the goodness of the Emirates in the course of its distinguished humanitarian march to support underprivileged people”.
“The UAE has made efforts to help victims of catastrophes and humanitarian crises in many countries worldwide. Be it in Syria, Palestine, Yemen or Pakistan, the UAE is on the top of donors and countries supporting humanitarian issues to help deal with repercussions of crises worldwide”.
“Sheikh Mohammed has also shown that he cares for those neglected and uncared for. In April 2010, he issued an ordinance on the regulation of non-governmental institutions for the care and rehabilitation of differently abled persons”.
“The same month, former US President Bill Clinton, in a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed in Dubai, hailed the role of humanitarian establishments in the UAE and their keenness to extend bridges of support to all disaster-stricken and poor countries”.
“The new clothing campaign aims at collecting donations during Ramadan to bring comfort and cheer to indigent children around the globe. The drive was launched in tandem with the UAE Red Crescent Authority, which has many years of experience in the field of global humanitarian work”.
“It is these acts of generosity and compassion that have made the country stand out. These are the qualities that make it all the more attractive for tourists and residents, who have in the past lent a helping hand to those in need. As Sheikh Mohammed has said, “In the Emirates, we have a tradition of goodness, to extend a helping hand to disadvantaged groups in different parts of the world.” WAM/ES