The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai along with Omniyat, a Dubai-based developer, has launched ‘Tarmeem’, an initiative to undertake varied community development projects during 2017, which is the ‘Year of Giving’ in the UAE.
‘Tarmeem’, which means ‘restore/refurbish,’ is aimed to provide quality education and amenities to children with little or no financial means. The first phase of the initiative will see the Manar Al Iman Charity Private School in Ajman, meant primarily for orphans and children from low-income families, being restored and refurbished into a modern facility.
The refurbishment, which will take just under a month to complete, will include the complete restoration of 22 classrooms, construction of a brand-new playground, new windows and doors throughout, and full installation of air-conditioning, among other improvements.
His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED, and Mr. Mahdi Amjad, Board Director and CEO of Omniyat Properties Group, signed an agreement on the restoration project in the presence of senior executives from both sides as well as representatives of the partner firms in the project.
Al Qamzi said ‘Tarmeem’ represents a synergy in fulfilling social responsibility, particularly between the public and private sectors as well as volunteers, and added that DED and its agencies are keen to promote a culture of social responsibility and contribute towards the concept of giving.
“We chose this restoration programme in view of its significance in three vital areas – namely, consolidation of social responsibility in the private sector, support education, and promotion of voluntary work among community members,” said Al Qamzi.
“From the private sector, 19 entities including Omniyat, are part of this initiative, the primary goal of which is to restore and renovate the Manar Al Iman School for Charity in Ajman. The school provides education for underprivileged children, including those from low-income families and orphans. ‘Tarmeem’ seeks to transform the school into a full-fledged facility capable of meeting the needs of its students,” Al Qamzi added.
Reiterating DED’s commitment to launching more community development initiatives jointly with different industry sectors in 2017, Al Qamzi said it would provide further opportunities for businesses to leave their footprint in the realm of humanitarian work.
Mahdi Amjad said: “As a UAE-based private company, we have benefitted from the growth and prosperity of the country. As such we want to re-invest into fostering the educational excellence of future generations. There is no better time to do this than in 2017, the Year of Giving.
“After our initial visit to the school, our mission was clear and using our knowledge and expertise, we put a plan together for a refurbishment to help breathe life back into the school. Since planning has started, we have been overwhelmed by the support and interest we receive from our partners. We now have 19 other companies helping to realise our dream of creating a fantastic new school for the children. Not only this, our employees have been excited to contribute and volunteer.”
Saeed Al Balushi, Executive Director of Manar Al Iman School for Charity, said: “We are thankful to the Dubai DED, Omniyat and other companies participating in the restoration initiative and for mobilising the support of private sector entities and volunteers, thus underscoring the UAE’s tradition of giving.”
The Manar Al Iman School for Charity was founded by His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, in 1984, under a Board of Directors presided over by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ali Al Nuaimi. The school offers free education from Grade 1 to 12 in two shifts to more than 3,500 underprivileged children of 36 nationalities. The school supports 500 of its orphan students by arranging sponsorships. Over 10,000 secondary students have already graduated from the school
Omniyat has been joined by a growing list of partners on the project including BASF, Atelier N5, MTE, Emma Paine, Manser Saxon, Celer Group, Plafond, Interni, Optimum, Marwan Furniture, JML, Clarke Samadhin, CBS-Mena, Stephanie Neville, Omnicom, Transguard, AMSI, Premier Landscape, Jotun, and Graphics Hub.Back to Press Room Press Inquiries