Abu Dhabi Airports and Emirates Foundation have signed an MoU to help foster youth empowerment and social welfare across the UAE, it has been announced.
This new partnership aims to create “valuable volunteering and community service opportunities” for Emirati youth and expats.
Emirates Foundation shared that through strategic partnerships and programmes, it provides individuals with opportunities to build awareness and equip them with life skills to “overcome adversity and help create a better future.”
The ‘Takatof’ programme, it said, is one of the most important initiatives and is aimed at raising public awareness of social needs and promoting the culture of volunteering as a way of life among the various groups of the community.
Takatof supported the familiarisation trials at the new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airports, providing more than 5,000 volunteers who stress-tested the new building in readiness for opening.
Commenting on the partnership, Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is proud to partner with Emirates Foundation to offer this opportunity to young Emiratis as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting positive change towards sustainable community development. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about a particular industry and explore it as a potential future occupation and we encourage all youth to consider aviation as a future career.”
H.E. Ahmed Taleb Al Shamsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation, added: “We are delighted to sign this agreement and look forward to collaborating with our esteemed partners at Abu Dhabi Airports as we embark on a shared mission to uplift Emirati youth and expats through meaningful community engagement. This MoU not only strengthens our commitment to the nation, but also creates invaluable volunteering opportunities in a vital industry. Together, we aim to cultivate a culture of service, unity, and empowerment, ensuring that progress extends to every corner of our diverse community. This partnership is a testament to our collective dedication to a brighter, more inclusive future.”