On April 28, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Tbilisi, with the support of Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates, organized a charity event – Ramadan 2022, during which 440 food parcels were donated to the Administration of All Muslims of Georgia in order to distribute to families in need. This initiative was implemented as part of humanitarian activities based on the directives and vision of the UAE leadership.
The event, held at Juma Mosque in Tbilisi, was attended by Muslim families, the Mufti of Eastern Georgia, Mr. Etibar Eminov, Sheikh Mr. Ramin Igidov and the Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates to Georgia, Ms. Munira Almarzooqi.
The head of the UAE mission congratulated the families gathered at the mosque the Holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Eid El-fitr and highlighted the efforts of the UAE leadership to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need around the world, regardless of their ethnic, religious or geographical affiliation. Ms. Munira Almarzooqi also noted that the volume of foreign aid provided by the UAE governmental and non-governmental organizations reaches 60 billion USD.
In this regard, the head of mission pointed out the 1 billion Meals initiative – distribution of food parcels, which was launched at the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan and implemented by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) aiming at providing food support in 50 countries around the world, which will make a significant contribution to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition, the Charge d’affaires noted that the United Arab Emirates became the first non-Western country in 2010 to rank first among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of humanitarian aid per capita and in 2019, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) named the United Arab Emirates the largest donor of humanitarian aid worldwide for the seventh time in a row.
In closing remarks, Ms. Munira Almarzooqi thanked the Administration of All Muslims of Georgia for providing the Embassy with an opportunity to assist families in need during the Holy month of Ramadan and expressed readiness to continue this kind of cooperation in the future.
For their part, Muslim religious leaders wished the government and people of the United Arab Emirates a blessed and happy Ramadan and thanked the Charge dáffaires for the support provided by the Embassy.