The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources’ (FAHR) opened a childcare centre for its employees as part of the National Corporate Child Care Project (NCCP), which was launched in 2009. The project is designed to provide a supportive environment for working women to successfully continue their role as key partners in the UAE’s development process.
Her Highness Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and wife of His Highness Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Minister of Presidential Affairs, highlighted that the UAE has achieved significant milestones in empowering women across all fields, reflecting the country’s strong belief in the valuable role that women play in the UAE’s ongoing development process.
She said that Emirati women have the strong support of the UAE President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. She said that the UAE leadership was committed to strengthening the influence of women across all sectors and achieving gender balance in line with the values of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Mona Ghanem Al Merri, Vice-President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, opened the Al Basateen childcare centre at FAHR’s headquarters in Dubai. The nursery will also serve the employees of three federal entities within proximity, including the Ministry of Energy (MOE), the Federal Transport Authority — Land & Maritime (FTA), and the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA). Al Merri highlighted the centre’s high standards, unique design, and the quality services it provides to children and mothers.
She encouraged all entities to follow in the footsteps of the Authority and other government institutions, highlighting the positive impact of workplace childcare centres, which has been confirmed through surveys and happiness indicators among employees.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and Shamsa Saleh, Secretary-General of the UAE Gender Balance Council, alongside FAHR officials and representatives of the British Orchard Nursery.