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Dubai: Dubai Municipality on Sunday announced a park named Charity Oasis which will accept date palm trees from the public to donate the yield to the needy.

The Dh10m project will be built in in coordination with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality said at a press conference.

He said citizens and residents and donate date palm trees from their homes and farms to the park located next to Mushrif Park.

“It is a 15acre plot which can accommodate 2100 date palm trees. We welcome the members of the public to donate date palm trees to this park,” he said.

|It will be the first charity park in the world and will be a sustainable endowment in the name of the UAE community and a witness to the charity activities deep routed in the UAE.”

One person is allowed to donate a maximum of five date palm trees.

The park is expected to produce 150 tonnes of dates, which will be donated to the less advantaged.

Lootah said the joint cooperation between Dubai Municipality and the Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy is in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who had announced the year 2017 as Year of Giving.

The project also comes in support of the concept of innovative endowment launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy.

“We hope that the park will open up new areas of collective contributions in an innovative way that will establish charity for generations. We have set up a working team to implement the project under the chairmanship of the Director of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at the Municipality, Mohammad Abdul Rahman Al Awadhi, and we will be completing the necessary infrastructure work for the Charity Park soon.”

“We will then open the field for community members to participate collectively by donating the finest palm trees from their homes and farms to create this innovative endowment that will be on behalf of the UAE community,” Lootah added.

The donor must contact the Municipality’s Call Center on 800900 and submit a request specifying the required data (location / number / product / telephone).

Dr. Hamad Al Hammadi, Secretary General of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy, said: “The Charity Park in Dubai is one of the initiatives that meets the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on announcing 2017 as Year of Giving and an innovative initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aimed at revitalising the endowment as a community development tool. This first of its kind park in the world in style and idea will be a milestone that confirms that the UAE society is a society that adopts charity in all areas.”