Dh8m wedding grant for 100 national youths

ABU DHABI — Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, has announced a wedding grant of Dh8.3 million to 100 UAE national youths intending to marry national women.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 26 Apr 2005, 10:21 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:28 PM

The donation includes the Dh70, 000 marriage grant offered by the Marriage Fund, in addition to other expenses needed for organising a mass wedding ceremony in May at the Global Village in Dubai.

“This initiative comes in response to our desire to follow the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the founder of social work in the country, who established the Fund, said Shaikh Mansour.

The donation is also the result of the visionary leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in assisting national youths to marry national women and strengthening the social structure, added Shaikh Mansour.

He expressed the hope that the initiative would support the Fund’s activities, especially in the light of its limited budget.

Shaikh Mansour called upon the private sector and tradesmen to shoulder some of the responsibilities in supporting the Fund and reducing the pressure on the government budget.

Speaking at a Press conference held here yesterday, Jamal bin Obeid Al Bah, the Director General of the Fund, hailed the initiative of Shaikh Mansour, saying that it would open new horizons for the social institution in encouraging people to support the programmes of mass weddings in the country.

“Such a generous step would definitely widen the scope of participation of businessmen and the private sector in general in encouraging mass weddings in the country,” said Bah.

He said the Fund has proposed to include all employees in supporting the Fund by deducting a small portion of their salaries in favour of the organisation.

Bah said the applicants for the grant would have to sign a paper stating that they would not organise separate wedding parties and that they would not apply for grant of Dh70, 000 from the Fund.

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