ABU DHABI, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has praised His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for launching the UAE Food Bank.

She also praised him for appointing his wife, H.H. Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Food Bank.

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak said the decision of the Ruler of Dubai came at a very appropriate time, since it was the beginning of the Year of Giving, as declared by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has instructed that the directives of the Head of State be implemented forthwith, and also set up a comprehensive framework for the Year of Giving.

She stressed that the wise leadership of the UAE, that derived its values from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, not only gave generously to its own people and those who live in the UAE, but also to anyone in need around the world, regardless of their race, colour or religion. Consequently, the UAE now tops the world in the field of humanitarian work.

She said that the UAE's charity work will strengthen the values of generosity, giving and performing good deeds, which are in the nature of its people. These are the values they inherited from their parents and grandparents.

Sheikha Fatima stressed that entrusting Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum with the presidency of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Food Bank will further enable it to achieve its goals.

Sheikha Hind has a long history of generosity, she said, adding that she helps those in need wherever they are. Therefore, entrusting her with this humanitarian work was the right choice, and God willing, she will completely succeed in her work, with the support of the generous people of the UAE.

Sheikha Fatima concluded by saying that the UAE's philanthropic work will turn out to be a great success, just as it has achieved many successes in the past, since the country's leadership has the blessings of the people of UAE and the friendly people of other countries.

Also, the UAE's leadership in the past has made tremendous efforts to deliver aid to the needy in various parts of the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency