DCA to rope in passengers to support the cause of Lebanon

DUBAI — Further boosting the various campaigns to help victims of the month-long conflict in Lebanon, the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) launched its ‘Together with Lebanon’ campaign yesterday

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Published: Mon 21 Aug 2006, 10:49 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:15 PM

The eight-day campaign was inaugurated at the Dubai International Airport's (DIA) Departure Lounge.

The department, under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of DCA and Chairman of Emirates Group, aims at encouraging passengers passing through the airport, as well as airport staff, to support the cause of rebuilding war-torn Lebanon.

Dubai Duty Free (DDF), represented by its Managing Director, Colm McLoughlin, made the initial move by donating Dh250,000 to the "Together with Lebanon" fund.

"This is one such deserving cause and we are happy to help restore some semblance of order into the lives of Lebanese families directly affected by recent events," said McLoughlin.

As part of the campaign, cash boxes will be installed at various locations across the DIA and offices of the DCA, while members from the DCA Social and Sports Club and Dubai Airport Cares team will sell tee-shirts, mugs, and coupons to raise funds.

Following the official launch of the campaign, Shaikh Ahmed said that while it is good that the violence is over, the task of restoring the lives of people back to normal has just began.

"This campaign is to express our support for the people of Lebanon and to invite others to join in this cause," he said.

Joseph Nahra, president of the Lebanese Business Council in Dubai, said that since the war in Lebanon broke out, they have been actively mobilising various organisations and institutions to raise funds for the victims.

"We have already sent tonnes of goods to Lebanon through our network of volunteers. The efforts will continue as we have not set a deadline and we would welcome any help that can be extended to the affected people," said Nahra.

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