Princess Haya praises efforts for special needs people

Eman Al Baik
Filed on February 27, 2006

DUBAI Princess Haya bint Al Hussain, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, expressed her appreciation of the care provided to people with special needs in the country.

She was inaugurating the two-day camp organised under the slogan "We Will Never Forget Maktoum" by the Dubai Rehabilitation Handicapped Centre (DRHC).

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Princess Haya, the United Nations' Goodwill Ambassador, said that the care and the humanitarian services provided to the children with special needs are of the highest level.

Princess Haya thanked officials of the Ministry of Social Affairs for their significant efforts to integrate children with special needs with society by helping them grow up independently and empowering them with education and various other skills.

She visited the different sections of the camp including the one displaying the handiwork of people with special needs and others displaying foodstuff, decoration items, handicrafts and drawing. The camp also conducted various activities and competitions like bazaar, folklore dances and songs, drawing competition and characters from the local heritage.

Princess Haya attended a special party where children with special needs sang and performed dances illustrating the good deeds of the late Shaikh Maktoum. National poets, Theyab Al Mazroui and Mezahem Al Kaabi, recited poems highlighting the good deeds of the late Shaikh Maktoum and his successor Shaikh Mohammed. Children presented bouquets and handicraft gifts to Princess Haya.

Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, who accompanied her, expressed appreciation of Princess Haya's support to the centre and her care for children with special needs.

This is the second year that Princess Haya is attending the centre's camp.

"This generous gesture and her continuous support to these children are based on her recognition of the need to provide them with all possible care and attention," said Al Roumi.

DRHC Director Jasim Habib Al Khalfan hailed the deeds of the late Shaikh Maktoum towards children with special needs. He thanked Princess Haya for her continuous moral and financial support to these children.

The camp was attended by children with special needs as well as government and private school students.

"Our main aim is to integrate children with special needs with the other children by conducting various activities they can perform together," Al Khalifa noted.

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