DUBAI, The Al Ehsan Charity Park on Tuesday witnessed the planting of 100 trees as a collective Waqf, endowment, an initiative of the employees of the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, ADIB, on the occasion of "Year of Zayed."
The officials of the Dubai Municipality's Public Parks and Horticulture Department were present on the occasion.
Dubai Municipality, in association with the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, MBRGCEC, started implementing the Al Ehsan Charity Park project at a cost of AED10 million.
The park is being planted using an innovative methodology based on collective outsourcing.
The community members have the opportunity to participate in the new park by donating palm trees from their homes and farms in the name of the UAE community. The returns from the proceeds of the palm trees will go to the needy.
The project comes in support of the endowment initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, through the MBRGCEC. The new park adopts the concept of group outsourcing, a concept that has been successfully used in many economic projects where community members contribute small amounts to economic projects.
Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Awadhi, Director of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at the Municipality, said, "The Al Ehsan Charity Park will be the first charity park in the world to be a sustainable endowment in the name of the UAE community and a witness to the charity activities deep routed in the UAE.
"The park has opened up new areas of collective contributions in an innovative way that will establish charity for generations. Community members participate collectively by donating the finest palm trees from their homes and farms to create this innovative endowment on behalf of the UAE community."
The project aims to open the doors of sustainable charity for all members of the community based on the endowment of palm trees, which is one of the well-established societal practices that serve charity, the oldest endowment deed over 125 years old. The new park revives the endowment of palm trees but with a collective concept that allows the charity of all members of the society.
Source: Emirates News Agency