The United Arab Emirates expresses great pride in volunteer work. The country plays host to several charity-based organisations which work towards helping those in need. In a statement marking International Volunteer Day, which falls on Saturday, December 5, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan took to his Twitter handle and shared, “Volunteers represent the true strength of our societies. On International Volunteer Day, we acknowledge the dedication and community spirit of volunteers in the UAE and worldwide. Their work is an invaluable gift bestowed upon all communities.”
Volunteers represent the true strength of our societies. On International Volunteer Day, we acknowledge the dedication and community spirit of volunteers in the UAE and worldwide. Their work is an invaluable gift bestowed upon all communities.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) December 5, 2020
Moreover, Sheikh Hamdan said that thanks to the keen support and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has assumed a respectable global position for its humanitarian initiatives towards the countries hit by natural or man-made disasters.
Sheikh Hamdan also highlighted the great contribution of the volunteers to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. “The UAE and its leadership are very proud of the volunteers who played a vital role in containing the pandemic and who are still on the frontline, translating the country’s preventive and precautionary plans and strategies into tangible action. “Thanks to the initiatives taken by the volunteers, the UAE has been able to successfully overcome this pandemic,” he stated, adding that dozens of humanitarian volunteers and workers are killed annually while performing their charitable duties. He referred to the recent attack against the ERC team members in Taiz, Yemen, which was strongly condemned by the international community and its organisations, reported Khaleej Times.