Dubai Duty Free makes AED5 million donation to 1 Billion Meals initiative

By Charlotte Turner |

Dubai Duty Free has pledged AED5 million, through its Foundation, to the 1 Billion Meals initiative, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive.

 

Organised by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the campaign provides food support to the underprivileged and the undernourished in 50 countries around the world, especially vulnerable groups such as children, refugees, displaced persons and those affected by disasters and crises.

 

Dubai Duty Free, whose donation is equivalent to five million meals, is one of several UAE companies that are making a significant financial contribution to 1 Billion Meals initiative, which is helping to alleviate the hunger experienced by 800 million people worldwide every day.

 

The 1 Billion Meals initiative is providing direct access to food supplies to some of the most disadvantaged communities around the world, as is doing so in coordination with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP), the Food Banking Regional Network (FBRN), the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UAE Food Bank, as well as a number of charity and humanitarian organisations.

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin presented the cheque to Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Director, Sara Al Nuaimi during a ceremony at the retailer’s headquarters in Ramoul. Also present at the ceremonial cheque presentation are Ramesh Cidambi, COO, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing and Amani Batarfi, MBRGI Associate Project Manager.

Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin (second from left) presented the cheque to Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Director, Sara Al Nuaimi (centre left) during a ceremony at the retailer’s headquarters in Ramoul. Ramesh Cidambi (far left), COO, Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services (far right), Sinead El Sibai, SVP – Marketing and Amani Batarfi, MBRGI Associate Project Manager (centre right) were also present.

THE DUBAI DUTY FREE FOUNDATION

The AED5 million donation was approved by the board of the Dubai Duty Free Foundation, which was established in 2004 and is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, with Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Dubai Duty Free, as the Foundation’s Chairman.

 

Commenting on the donation, McLoughlin said; “We are honoured to support the 1 Billion Meals initiative organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which keeps on growing in scope year after year, reflecting the country’s relief and humanitarian aid priorities.

 

“Since we started the Dubai Duty Free Foundation in October 2004, we have been participating in worthy endeavours with several local and international charities and this great initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, represents an exceptional opportunity for Dubai Duty Free to celebrate and show its gratitude to the nation and its leadership that inspires and encourages people to help people in need.”

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