DUBAI — The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, MBRF, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has signed a partnership agreement with a UAE-based SME, Galleria Saraya, to support the foundation’s campaign to provide books for public libraries in Yemen.
The books set to be distributed in Yemen will cover a wide range of topics including art of management, history, heritage, success stories and inspirational books.
Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said, “This initiative follows directives from the UAE Government to support reading and knowledge locally, regionally and globally. It serves to expand the foundation’s efforts towards disseminating knowledge on a global scale and reaching out to those in need anywhere they may be, especially in societies where multiple crises are blocking people’s access to knowledge, such as in Yemen and a number of countries in the region.”
He added, “We are delighted to have received support from various entities, especially the Galleria Saraya. The support of reading and the dissemination of knowledge is, undoubtedly, an important endeavour that requires all segments of society to participate. It reflects the foundation and the leadership’s awareness that reading is key for the growth of a country, the development of society and the establishment of a civilisation. We call on all institutions to support such knowledge-related initiatives and contribute to the development and prosperity of the community.
Aisha Al Jasmi, General Manager of Galleria Saraya, underlined the importance of this initiative, which aims to disseminate knowledge and highlight the concepts of charity and philanthropy that the Emirati people grew up with.
“As a national institution, and as part of our responsibility to society, we are keen to contribute and support humanitarian campaigns that work to spread culture,” Al Jasmi said, “especially given that reading and knowledge are the most important pillars for development and progress in any society.”
The campaign to provide Yemen’s public libraries with books is part of the UAE’s Reading Nation initiative, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and seeks to provide five million books to students in refugee camps, as well as to establish 2,000 libraries in the Islamic world.