Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: DP World has announced a donation of Dh10 million to the 1 Billion Meals initiative, the largest of its kind in the region, which aims to assist and provide sustainable food support to the underprivileged and the neediest groups in 50 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and the world.

DP World’s donation is equivalent to 10 million meals. It is one of several UAE companies that are making a significant financial contribution to the 1 Billion Meals initiative, which is helping to alleviate hunger worldwide. It is a significant addition to the Dh530million collected so far after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the initiative.

The 1 Billion Meals initiative, organised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), is a continuation of last year’s 100 Million Meals campaign, which ended up distributing 220 million meals, prompting the new goal of one billion meals.

Commitment to causes

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “DP World has always been committed to supporting humanitarian causes in the countries where it operates. We recently launched the DP World Foundation to support humanitarian work and facilitate initiatives financed by the public and private sectors”.

“The 1 Billion Meals campaign organised under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum reflects the UAE’s desire to provide humanitarian support directly to those who need it the most. The initiative will cooperate with regional and international organisations, such as WFP and UNHCR, to facilitate its logistical operations to provide food aid to those in need across 50 countries. We at DP World are proud to contribute to meeting the challenge of hunger. This will send one billion messages of humanitarian solidarity from the UAE to the world,” Bin Sulayem said.

Donation Channels

Donors can contribute to the 1 Billion Meals initiative through the following donation channels — the campaign’s official website, ink transfer to the campaign’s account at Emirates NBD, number: AE300260001015333439802. Donors can also opt to donate AED1 a day through a monthly subscription by sending “Meal” via SMS to 1020 on the du network or 1110 on the Etisalat network. Donations can also be made through campaign’s call Centre via a toll-free number 8009999.