Al Maktoum Foundation Organizes Forum for People with Disabilities



Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al Maktoum Foundation, launched the events of the Forum for People with Disabilities, with the theme ‘We are with You’, which lasts until 19 April, in collaboration with Nakheel.

After the launch, Sheikh Rashid made a tour in the Forum, which was held at Sheikha Maitha bint Rashid Center for People with Special Needs, where he was also briefed on the works carried out by the people with disabilities, such as carpentry, carving, painting, and home accessories, as this group was able to integrate into the society due to the combined efforts between private and public sectors, and their interest in this category.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Al Maktoum Foundation who has given special attention to this category of society, and worked on integrating them with the rest, thanked the supervisors organizing this event because of its great importance in promoting the interest of these people in society.

On his part, Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, the Secretary-General of Al Maktoum Foundation stressed the Foundation’s interest in the people with special needs, and its endeavor on integrating them with the society, based on the great attention paid by the wise leadership to all segments of the UAE, and working to develop it, especially those with special needs.

He also said during the ‘We are with You’ Forum in collaboration with Nakheel, “The Forum is based on the keenness of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, and patron of Al Maktoum Foundation, in society development, including all of its categories, especially people with special needs. HH directed to organize this Forum to pay more attention to people with special needs, and integrate them into the society.”

He then added that Sheikha Maitha bint Rashid Center takes care of one of the dearest segments to our hearts, namely, disabled people. One of the Forum’s objectives is to promote knowledge about those people, and integrate them in various sectors of society, through eliminating barriers between them and the rest, as well as supporting them in their activities and their self-reliance. He stated that these people’s abilities have developed in the sense that they are now able to make products with their own hands, surpassed the expectations of various sectors in the country, in many fields such as carpentry, carving, painting, and home accessories.

Later, Mohammed Obaid bin Ghannam, expressed his thanks to Nakheel for its role in this area, which was through hosting the Forum, and being the main supporter of its events, which embodies the core of private and public sectors integration. He then thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the Forum and all the partners in the humanitarian work.


Samira Mohammed, Officer of Media and Marketing in Al Maktoum Foundation, stressed the importance of the Forum, which lasts for more than a week to shed light on people with special needs, and provide them with the support and care they need in the society.

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