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UAE: DED, Omniyat to refurbish Ajman school

by James Morgan on Mar 6, 2017

DED and Omniyat will refurbish the school as part of the first phase of their Tarmeem initiative.
DED and Omniyat will refurbish the school as part of the first phase of their Tarmeem initiative.

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) and Omniyat will refurbish Manar Al Eman Charity School in Ajman as part of the first phase of the Tarmeem initiative.

The school, which caters primarily to orphans and children from low-income backgrounds, will be modernised within the space of a month.

Tarmeem, an initiative in keeping with the UAE’s Year of Giving, will see numerous community development projects carried out during the course of 2017.

Commenting on the aims of Tarmeem, HE Sami Al Qamzi, director general of DED, said: “We chose this restoration programme in view of its significance in three vital areas: namely, consolidation of social responsibility in the private sector, support [of] education, and promotion of voluntary work among community members.

“From the private sector, 19 entities – including Omniyat – are part of the initiative, the primary goal of which is to restore and renovate the [Manar Al Eman Charity School in Ajman]. The school provides education for underprivileged children, including those from low-income families and orphans.

“Tarmeem seeks to transform the school into a fully-fledged facility capable of meeting the needs of its students,” HE Al Qamzi explained.

The agreement concerning the restoration project was signed by DED’s HE Al Qamzi and Mahdi Amjad, board director and chief executive officer of Omniyat Properties Group.

Reiterating DED’s commitment work with private sector entities to launch additional community development initiatives in 2017, Al Qamzi said that Tarmeem – the Arabic word for ‘restore’ or ‘refurbish’ – would provide further opportunities for businesses to leave their footprint in the realm of humanitarian work.

Omniyat’s Amjad added: “As a UAE-based private company, we have benefitted from the growth and prosperity of the country. As such, we want to re-invest into fostering the educational excellence of future generations. There is no better time to do this than in 2017, the Year of Giving.

“After our initial visit to the school, our mission was clear and, using our knowledge and expertise, we put a plan together for a refurbishment to help breathe life back into the [facility]. Since planning has started, we have been overwhelmed by the support and interest we received from our partners. We now have 19 other companies helping to realise our dream of creating a fantastic new school for the children. Not only this, [but] our employees have been excited to contribute and volunteer.”

The refurbishment of Manar Al Eman Charity School in Ajman will cover the building’s 22 classrooms, the construction of a brand new playground, the installation of new windows and doors, and the implementation of an updated air-conditioning (AC) system.

Saeed Al Balushi, executive director of Manar Al Eman Charity School in Ajman, said: “We are thankful to the Dubai DED, Omniyat, and other companies participating in the restoration initiative, and for mobilising the support of private sector entities and volunteers, thus underscoring the UAE’s tradition of giving.”

Other private entities supporting the project include AMSI, Atelier N5, BASF, CBS-Mena, Celer Group, Clarke Samadhin, Emma Paine, Graphics Hub, Interni, JML, Jotun, Manser Saxon, Marwan Furniture, MTE, Omnicom, Optimum, Plafond, Premier Landscape, Stephanie Neville, Transguard.