Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised its 11th Anwar Dubai mass wedding for 71 of its Emirati staff at a ceremony held under the patronage and in the presence of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA. The mass wedding is part of DEWA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, and its commitment to the happiness of its employees. The wedding took place in a joyful and festive atmosphere at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Since 2007, 509 staff have got married through Anwar Dubai.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was welcomed by HE Matar Humaid Al Tayer, Chairman of DEWA, and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, along with other Board Members, Department Heads, and VIPs.
The ceremony was attended by HE Saif Al Falasi, CEO of Emirates National Oil Group (ENOC), HE Ahmad Shafar, CEO of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), senior officials and staff from DEWA, along with families of the brides and grooms.
Al Tayer thanked HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his presence and patronage of the 11th mass wedding for DEWA’s staff. “The basis for such celebrations was instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This year, we celebrate the centennial of the birth of the UAE’s Founding Father. We remember his leadership, wisdom and vision, which put the UAE on the path of excellence, and reinforced its regional and global status as a model for happiness and positivity, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”
“DEWA is committed to its corporate social responsibility to achieve the UAE Centennial 2071, which is directed to future generations and is an advanced stage of development that the UAE has sought since its establishment. This strengthens the UAE’s leadership and its desire to become the best country in the world by the 100th anniversary of its establishment in 2071. DEWA’s mass wedding is one of the important social events that we organise annually to achieve psychological, social and familial stability of employees, by providing all forms of support to Emirati young people who wish to marry and reduce the burden and cost of weddings. This supports them and their country, the land of giving. The contribution of His Highness will add to the development of a new life for the UAE’s young men and women, and contribute to the happiness and sustainability of our people. 509 staff have been married through Anwar Dubai since it was launched in 2007,” said Al Tayer.
"Over the last eleven years, the mass wedding ceremony has contributed to the completion of marriage ceremonies for numerous UAE National staff. This reflects the true values of UAE society which include solidarity and social cohesion and encourages Emirati men and women to get married and build happy and settled families without getting into debt or loans. This has strengthened the institutional approach of DEWA to support Emirati youth and the values of national identity, enhancing the loyalty of employees, and establishing a secure future for them and for generations to come," added Al Tayer.
HE Saeed Al Tayer congratulated the brides and grooms and wished them happiness, asking God to help them fulfil their goals and aspirations for a healthy and stable family life.
“As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, DEWA continues its efforts to support the marriage of Emirati youth, and strengthen family settlement in order to develop a cohesive society that preserves its national identity,” said Khawla Al Mehairi, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Government Communications and Chairperson of DEWA Women’s Committee.
The ceremony was presented by Mahmoud Yousef, It featured a host of traditional activities and shows including Ayala and Harbiya, a poetry session by Musabah Ali Al Kaabi, and a musical operetta entitled ‘The Art of Al Azi’. The operetta was prepared and supervised by poet Ali Al-Khawar and was performed by Faisal Al-Jassim.