The Year of Giving

In December 2016, United Arab Emirates President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as The Year of Giving. Three key pillars for ‘giving’ will be highlighted throughout the year: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),Volunteering, Serving the nation.
The Year of Giving was inspired by the values of hospitality and generosity which lie at the heart of the UAE’s Arab identity and the example of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The legacy of giving perseveres today in the policies established by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; these policies provide a comprehensive framework for philanthropy through initiatives, strategies and programs intended to celebrate the virtues of giving and cement philanthropy in the heart of the nation.

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to the private sector launching initiatives that benefit the society as a whole. It is about expanding on a company’s ethical code, engraining it into its culture by launching programmes and initiatives, and encouraging employees to participate. The categories of social responsibility include philanthropic, charitable, volunteer-based and environmental.

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VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering enhances social solidarity and cohesion, positively affects individuals, families and the community, and is a reflection of progressive and civilised societies. It develops citizens’ sense of social responsibility, and helps individuals unleash their talents by participating in positive activities that have an everlasting positive impact on society.

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SERVING THE NATION

Service to the nation is a core value in Emirati society and reflects the strong cohesion of the country’s communities. Providing its citizens and residents a safe, peaceful environment in which they can prosper is key to the work of the UAE’s government.

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What are we seeking to accomplish
in The Year Of Giving?

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Social & Humanitarian Initiatives

To launch hundreds of humanitarian initiatives, managed by federal and local governments, as well as private sector entities and organisations...

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Volunteer Work
 

To clock millions of volunteer hours, covering different aspects of charity and human work, where various sectors are involved, including the federal...

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Private Sector Contribution
 

To raise the contribution of the private sector and enhance its role in supporting the government’s development process...

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Attends Giving Retreat

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Why The Year of Giving?

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Mohammed bin Rashid forms Higher National Committee for The Year of Giving

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Shaikh Khalifa announces 2017 as UAE's The Year of Giving

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HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Citizenship is a give and take; it is taking what the nation gives to you, and giving back to it in return.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
When citizens and institutions benevolently unite for their country, civilised nations prosper; that is our goal for The Year Of Giving
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
In the UAE, our energy is focused on diligent work and generosity; our goal is to plant the value of humanitarianism deep in the hearts of the people.
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HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Our goal is to entrench the fundamental values of philanthropy, volunteerism and community service in the DNA of our institutions and our children.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Philanthropy and altruism are the foundation of happiness and goodness, which is all we want for our people.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The essence of The Year Of Giving is implementing ongoing initiatives in corporate social responsibility and volunteerism, to promote the values of social cohesion and solidarity.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Year Of Giving is a message of love, tolerance and growth sent by the people and leaders of the UAE to the region and the world.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
What we ask is for each individual and institution to find a way to give back, whether through creative ideas or initiatives, to spread the value of goodness and enhance social cohesion and synergy.
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HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The UAE is one of the most generous and giving countries in the world; in The Year Of Giving we seek to promote the value of giving further, as it is one of the most important values for our country.