DUBAI -- Following the vision and directive of the UAE government to encourage reading in all government departments, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, inaugurated the "Dubai Customs Knowledge Club", in the presence of the department's executive managers.

The Club has made available 2,400 books on various topics, including human development, economics, positivity and happiness. It will serve as an interactive platform, where numerous events will be held to encourage reading and where employees will be able to meet and exchange ideas.

Commenting on the inauguration, Musabih said, "It's our commitment at Dubai Customs to follow the wise directive of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make reading a daily practice for government employees in the UAE."

Musabih toured the Club and recommended books in customs, trade and economics might be made available through co-ordination with relevant bodies, such as the World Customs Organisation and the Ministry of Economy.

Also, Dr. Shaikha Al Ghafiri, Acting Director of the Dubai Customs' Training Centre, said that the Club will enable the Dubai Customs' staff to easily access different knowledge resources. This will help spread a reading culture amongst the staff, and will eventually lead to a boost in their performance, she said.

Al Ghafiri pointed out that the Dubai Customs Knowledge Club will become a digital platform by the end of 2017, and its name will be changed to "Dubai Customs Smart Knowledge Club". Employees will then use a specific application to access the books.

Source: Emirates News Agency