UAE and Saudi officials sign deal on youth volunteering programme

World Faizah Kamal 14-Feb-2020
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
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On February 13, Saudi Arabia Pavilion – the largest international pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai – signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Foundation. The MoU was to launch a high-level integrated programme to provide volunteering opportunities for Saudi youth based in the UAE.

Fahad A. Al-Yabis, commissioner general and project manager for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, and Ahmed Talib Al-Shamsi, acting CEO of Emirates Foundation, signed the agreement to promote youth volunteers as one of the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Commending the MoU for opening new horizons for volunteer work in the region, Al-Yabis said, “In line with Saudi Vision 2030, we are committed to promoting a culture of volunteerism.”

“In this context, we are keen to encourage the participation of young Saudi volunteers in our pavilion by involving those living in the UAE. Our alliance with the Emirates Foundation falls within the wider framework of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UAE across all spheres and sectors,” he added.

Al-Yabis went on to say, “Our cooperation with the Emirates Foundation will include the creation of a special digital platform for Saudi volunteers which will be linked to the Saudi Pavilion’s main online platform.”

Al-Shamsi said, “We believe a solid foundation for a nation is a society that understands the value and importance of volunteering. Expo 2020 is an exceptional platform that will offer young people unique volunteering opportunities through which they can build their capabilities and develop their leadership and communications skills.”

“We are honoured to be collaborating with the Saudi Arabia Pavilion at Expo 2020 and extend our support to engage, train and equip Saudi residents in the UAE to take on diverse volunteering roles at Expo 2020 and gain unrivalled hands-on experience, exposure and work-ready skills as they help to organise one of the world’s largest and most engaging events,” he added.