The 'Emirati Values Iftar' aims to connect expat residents with Emiratis throughout the Holy Month
8 May 2019| Last updated on 14 January 2020
As expats, many of us are guilty of not having a deeper understanding of local, Emirati families and their traditions.
In fact, we'd go as far as to say that a lot of our readers have never really crossed paths with an Emirati or their family in a social setting. But our aim this Ramadan is to help fix that!
Which is why we're pleased to announce that ExpatWoman is media partner for The Federal Youth Foundation's Emirati Values Iftar - an initiative that runs throughout the Holy Month where Emirati families host expat residents in their homes for Iftar.
Organised under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the initiative seeks to foster positive, constructive dialogue among the UAE's residents and citizens.
Speaking at the launch event at the beginning of Ramadan, H.E. Shamma bint Suhail bin Faris Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Youth Foundation expressed that the initiative encourages young Emiratis to embrace traditional Emirati moral values like tolerance and coexistence.
The initiative also aims to help break down some misconceptions expats may have about Emiratis across all of the UAE.
About Emirati Values Iftar
Expats from the 200 nationalities that live in the UAE are being invited to experience the magic of iftar during the Holy Month. Kindness, tolerance, hospitality, humanity, faith, and love that help to draw humanity closer.
Throughout Ramadan, after spending every day in prayer, fasting and giving charity, Emiratis celebrate iftar - a breaking of the fast, after sundown in their homes with family and friends.
For 2019, the Emirati Values Iftar invites all expats and UAE residents to experience the magic of an Emirati iftar, in the comfort of an Emirati home. Open to all in the UAE, the initiative aims to introduce any expat living in the country to Emirati home celebrations during the Holy Month.
Expats of all ages, faiths, nationalities and intellectual abilities are encouraged to apply.
How to get involved
The Federal Youth Foundation has launched an electronic platform, which allows both Emiratis and expats to sign up to either host or attend an Iftar across the whole of the UAE; including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the remaining 5 emirates, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman and Sharjah.
Emirati Values Iftar is open to all nationalities across the UAE and if you would like to participate please visit youthvalues.ae and share your Iftar story with us by tagging us @expatwoman and using the official hashtag #EmiratiValuesIftar.
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About the Emirates Youth Values National Program
Under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak "Mother of the Nation", the aim of the National Emirates Youth Values Program is to nurture a values-driven culture, in which UAE's youth are grounded in Emirati traditions and serves as ambassadors of ethical excellence both at home and abroad.
About the Federal Youth Authority
The UAE Cabinet has approved the formation of the Federal Youth Authority to promote the empowerment and involvement of Youth in vital sectors. The authority embraces Youth talents and encourages them to showcase their creativity and ideas. The Authority is part of the UAE's efforts to foster initiatives and activities by and for Youth and to strengthen their leadership skills.