Dubai Investments PJSC organized 30 different activities and events in the fields of innovation, education, the environment and volunteer work, as part of its commitment to the Year of Zayed, the national celebration marking the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.
Khalid Bin Kalban, CEO and MD Dubai Investments, said: “The Year of Zayed is important to us at Dubai Investments as it commemorates our Founding Father and promotes the values important to him and integral to the success of the UAE. Many aspects of life at Dubai Investments directly align with the Year of Zayed and we are proud of our values which are consistent with those of Sheikh Zayed.
“Sheikh Zayed viewed diversity as an important tool in driving prosperity and development in the UAE. We have understood that and acted upon that from the very beginning at Dubai Investments. We have diversity at our very core, with our businesses spanning different sectors, and by diversifying into areas such as education and healthcare, as well as construction and manufacturing, we are supporting government strategies to establish a competitive knowledge economy and reduce dependency on oil.”
Dubai Investments created a calendar of activities and activations which aligned directly with the Year of Zayed. The activities all fell under the four strategic categories of the Year of Zayed: Environment and Sustainability, Giving and Humanitarianism, Culture and Knowledge, and Human Development.
In recognition of Sheikh Zayed’s belief in sustainability and his vision to transform the country into a green oasis, DI planted approximately 3,000 trees, including 300 ghaf trees, the national tree of the UAE, 20,000 shrubs and 20,000 square meters of lawn grass in Dubai Investments Park and other areas across Dubai.
Dubai Investments contributed to a wide variety of different incentives to support local and international charitable organizations, hospitals and other philanthropic initiatives, with DI employees also volunteering time and efforts to help young people of determination.
Under the Culture and Knowledge category, Dubai Investments arranged a number of different activities which help to preserve the UAE’s rich culture and educate the local and international communities about values and traditions, including cultural and heritage tours and visits.
Dubai Investments was also active in the field of education with a number of initiatives to empower the next generation. These include the Seeds of the Future initiative, which encouraged university students across the UAE to come up with innovative ideas in Information and Communications Technology [ICT], and another collaboration which gave school students a better understanding of technology in relation to product manufacturing.