The proceeds from the exhibition are allocated to support the integration of climate change in educational curricula, in partnership with Dubai Cares
Saeed Al Tayer:
- We support the efforts of national initiatives and their focus to enhance women’s participation in raising awareness among young people in climate change issues
- The sustainable projects of Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative reflect the active role of Emirati women in supporting the integrated and sustainable system of voluntary and humanitarian work.
- A well-established approach for the UAE in interacting with humanitarian and development needs around the world and contributing effectively to finding solutions to present and future challenges.
- DEWA has promoted sustainability with its advanced projects and is an honorable example of human giving inspired by the approach of Sheikh Zayed and the vision of our wise leadership
Dubai, April 6, 2023: Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative announced the participation of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as a platinum sponsor for the eighth edition of “Designs of Hope”. The charity exhibition is held from 5th to 7th April 2023 at Dubai Ladies Club. The proceeds will be allocated to Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), to support efforts for the integration of climate change issues in education into the global climate agenda to achieve global educational transformation that will benefit the whole of humanity.
Since its inception in 2013, the “Designs of Hope” exhibition has supported many humanitarian projects with a sustainable impact that constitute a milestone in the lives of its beneficiaries inside and outside the country – with a focus on empowering women and girls within their communities, in line with Emirati values that emphasize the importance of humanitarian and philanthropic actions that tackle pressing global issues.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, commended the Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative, which was launched by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and President of Dubai Women Establishment, the wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Presidential Court. Al Tayer said that the sustainable projects of this leading initiative reflect the active role of Emirati women in supporting the integrated and sustainable system of volunteering and humanitarian work in the UAE.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said: “We are pleased to once again sponsor the ‘Designs of Hope’ charity exhibition, which focuses this year on supporting global efforts aimed at integrating climate issues into educational curricula and systems, as well as empowering girls in this field by providing them with the necessary academic skills and tools to enhance their contribution and participation towards efforts to deal with climate change issues for a more sustainable future for current and future generations. This is especially important during the ‘Year of Sustainability’ in the UAE, during which it will host the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai. DEWA’s sponsorship of the ‘Designs of Hope’ is part of our efforts to support national initiatives and enhance women’s participation in raising awareness among young people about climate change. This supports DEWA’s vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation committed to achieving Net-Zero by 2050.”
For her part, Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Dubai Women Establishment, emphasized the UAE’s firm approach and involvement in humanitarian causes around the world; and its keenness to develop integrated plans to respond to them, and the influential contribution to finding solutions to challenges that will benefit the future for all of humanity.
Her Excellency emphasized the role of Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative, which is derived from the humanitarian vision of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of UAE Gender Balance Council (UAE GBC), President of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) and President of Dubai Ladies Club (DLC), wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court. Her Highness’ continuous humanitarian endeavors at the local and global levels, and her tangible efforts to empower women and girls especially in the educational and economic fields, contributes to the development and prosperity of their societies.
Her Excellency Mona Al Marri praised DEWA’s sponsorship of the eighth edition of the “Designs of Hope” exhibition organized by Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative. She emphasized that this sponsorship and participation comes within the framework of the Authority’s continuous efforts to enhance sustainability in the country – through advanced projects and systems that keep pace with constant developments that prepare for future challenges. Appreciating DEWA’s humanitarian and charitable contributions over the past years, she said: “DEWA is an honorable example of the humanitarian values offered by the UAE and inspired by the principles instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was known for his humanitarian vision – and of our leadership for their constant encouragement to be generous and supportive.”
The “Designs of Hope” exhibition is held at Dubai Ladies Club from 8:00 PM until 12:00 midnight during 5th to 7th April, and includes a variety of abayas, accessories and women’s clothing donated by Emirati designers, jewelers and fashion designers in the country. The exhibition is open to all women visitors.
Since its inception in 2013, many Emirati designers have participated in the exhibition, who contributed to support many humanitarian, health and educational issues. More than 18 Emirati designers, fashion and jewellery houses in the country are participating in the eighth edition this year, including: NAFS, Fiz Boutique, 199x20s, Bloom Design, Selma Benomar, Moza Collection, I AM MAI Design, BLANC 8.3, Pearlato, Jamila Alkrieshi, Mayyar, By Amal and Zahra Karmostaji, Harf W Nagsh, MAS, Sumaya Bakkar, Solla, and VALORA.
Throughout its history, the exhibition contributed to supporting many humanitarian causes through educational and health programs. The proceeds of its first edition in 2013 were allocated to the ‘Noor Al Hayat’ project to aid the prevention and treat patients suffering from sight ailments worldwide in cooperation with Noor Dubai Foundation. In 2014, it supported the ‘UAE Water Aid Initiative’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide 5 million people in developing countries with improved access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation. In 2015, it contributed to the ‘The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors’, which targeted an important segment of the Emirati society. In 2017 and 2018, the exhibition also supported the “teacHER” campaign to increase children’s access to quality education, especially supporting girls’ education globally.
The “Bookings 2030” campaign launched by Dubai Cares to provide educational opportunities for children and youth in need and help them achieve their professional aspirations in the future – also benefitted from Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative’s participation. Last year, the exhibition supported the eye health care program implemented by the Noor Dubai Foundation in Katsina State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.