His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, recently visited the Bridges of Giving campaign centre at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The campaign was launched to provide aid to the victims of the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkiye, and it has completed its first month.
During the visit, His Highness was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council; and his grandchildren.
His Highness toured the facility and was briefed on the roles and responsibilities of volunteer teams. He met with volunteers packing aid parcels to support the UAE’s humanitarian initiative launched by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) in cooperation with a number of ministries and humanitarian and charitable institutions in the country.
Expressing his support for the campaign, His Highness said, “The UAE is always keen to extend a helping hand to people in need, consolidating human fraternity and solidarity.” He also praised the community’s efforts to send relief to the people of Syria and Turkiye and the quick response of volunteers to the UAE’s call to help those affected by last February’s earthquake.
More than 2000 volunteers participated in the campaign, including volunteers from various schools and universities, and employees of private and public sectors among others. The goal is to send a message of hope and solidarity to all our brothers and sisters in Syria and Turkiye.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also signed a letter to those affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkiye, in which he expressed his support for them and urged them to stay optimistic. His Highness’s grandchildren assisted volunteers in gathering and packing relief supplies at the Bridges of Giving campaign facility, including food, essential personal care items, clothing, blankets, and children’s toys.
The Bridges of Giving initiative is part of implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to support people affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkiye. The campaign is an expansion of the UAE’s efforts to institutionalize humanitarian aid, help vulnerable communities around the world, and establish the values of tolerance, respect and human fraternity.
The campaign continues nationwide with the support of relief organisations, humanitarian and charity associations, private sector businesses and government entities, in response to the call for solidarity with the victims of earthquake-stricken Syria and Turkiye. The visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the campaign facility represents the leadership’s support for humanitarian workers and volunteers and consolidates the UAE’s efforts to show solidarity and respond rapidly to support those in need around the world.