Volunteer work represents one of the most prominent aspects of social solidarity and cohesion enjoyed by the people of the United Arab Emirates, reflecting their adherence to the principles and values associated with national identity.
Volunteer work represents vital support for the state in every sector, as well as an important method of benefiting from the potential and qualifications of youth in many community projects and initiatives, whether local, regional, or international.
This is exemplified by what we see in “Watani Al Emarat” Foundation, demonstrating that volunteer work is the firm foundation and one of the components of the national identity and sense of belonging, as well as a translation of the vision of the rational government emphasizing volunteering in the UAE and making it an institutional approach.
Volunteering constitutes a culture rooted in the conscience of individuals and society, it translates the sense of good citizenship into the culture of social solidarity and human coexistence forming the foundations of UAE society as well as the national and human values.
This highlights the importance of the country’s institutions taking steps into their various fields in a qualitative manner in defining the concept of volunteering, through various volunteer activities and initiatives.
This is exemplified by “Watani Al Emarat” Foundation and its supervision and organization of the Dubai Day initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, which had a major role in supporting the directives of the state and the efforts of its institutions through voluntary work, which has become a clear path for the affiliates to do good and work free of charge with a desire to leave a clear imprint.
It is also necessary to set future agendas and plans to develop and support volunteering for years, including plans and initiatives in the field of voluntary work itself, such as training volunteers systematically and scientifically, like the “Expo 2020 Leaders” program, an initiative created by Watani Al Emarat Foundation, which rehabilitates and prepares hundreds of citizens of the country to carry out voluntary tasks, its fruit was the outstanding performance and the great role that they demonstrated during their participation in the Expo 2020 Dubai.
Through those plans and initiatives, which we and the institutions have presented in the voluntary field, we will certainly rise with that concept to reach the highest levels of societal collective action based on the concept of good citizenship in loyalty and belonging.