Dubai: An Indian businessman has donated Dh9 million to build 10 housing units within Al Quoz residential compound in Al Quoz 2.
Rajen Kilachand, owner of Dodsal Engineering and Construction Group, announced the donation during a press conference organised by the Shaikh Zayed Housing Programme (SZHP) to launch the Charity Cities initiative that aims to improve the quality of life of Emiratis.
The cities project will involve the construction of housing compounds that will be funded by private companies and with the support of the programme.
The project is part of a series of initiates launched by the Zayed Housing Programme during the Year of Giving 2017, which was declared by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in December last year.
Dr Abdullah Mohammad Bel Haif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, and chairman of the programme, who announced the initiative during the conference, praised Kilachand’s gesture as the first initiator who will participate in the citifies project
Al Nuaimi said: “The programme is eager through this initiative to activate and promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) across the country by engaging the private sector in boosting community initiatives.”
He pointed out that the private sector should become a key partner in the development of housing and infrastructure projects in the country.
“Community solidarity requires the private business community, businessmen and corporations, to join in the march of giving and contribute to community engagement in the country,” Al Nuaimi said.
“Our actions must speak louder than words. I am lucky that I settled in the UAE, which thanks to its leadership has become a glorious nation. The UAE has allowed me to achieve my aspirations and dreams. And here I am today to give back and providing less fortunate people around the world. I am honoured to do so, and this is the duty of every human being,” said Kilachand.
“Shaikh Khalifa announced 2017 as the Year of Giving so that we can all remember that we live every single day to support people who are less fortunate, and we do so with mercy and respecting their dignity, and with love for every man, woman and child,” he added.