DUBAI // The wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has called her husband’s accession day, January 4, a “precious day” as she praised the launch of the UAE Food Bank.
Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum, wife of Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, spoke out to remind the nation of the Ruler’s ambition of achieving the nation’s many goals and to continue to support those most in need.
She recalled her husband’s oft-quoted words that his aspiration was for his nation to be number one and that becoming number one is not impossible, because “the word impossible doesn’t exist in our dictionary”, she said.
Sheikha Hind said her husband, in his 11th year as Dubai Ruler, chose to start 2017 with a generous food bank initiative in response to the decision by the President, Sheikh Khalifa, to declare this year the Year of Giving.
“The world is currently witnessing many challenges, and providing food has become a hard task in some cases,” she added.
Reminding everyone that some countries were facing famine, Sheikha Hind said the international community must intensify efforts to tackle the problem.
“The UAE always supports people in need, regardless of their colour, sex or religion, in pursuance of the approach established by the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” Sheikha Hind said.
The food bank will work with authorities and charities to improve the efficiency of food storage, packaging and distribution. It will partner with food producers such as hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and farms to store and package excess fresh food effectively. It will then work with volunteers and partners to distribute the food to the needy in the UAE and beyond.