Employees at work at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai. Picture for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: The Dubai Awqaf and Minors’ Affairs Foundation, in collaboration with Dubai Government Human Resources Department, has launched the ‘Waqf’ initiative to encourage community engagement for social welfare among Dubai government employees.

The initiative aims to encourage government employees in Dubai to participate in community initiatives that help boost and grow endowment savings.

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Under this scheme, a certain portion of employees’ monthly salaries will be deducted to support endowment assets.

Abdullah Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of Dubai Government Human Resources Department, and Ali Mohammed Al Mutawa, Secretary-General of Dubai Awqaf and Minors’ Affairs Foundation, signed an agreement to launch the government employees’ endowment initiative (Waqf).

Monthly deduction

Under the agreement, government employees wishing to contribute to the initiative will apply for a monthly deduction from their salaries through the ‘smart employee app’ from Smart Dubai Government Establishment.

The foundation has already launched the first endowment project for government employees on a land plot in Jumeirah 1. Al Falasi highlighted the importance of endowment in protecting the society and as a key to coherence, collaboration and solidarity among community members.

Al Mutawa said the initiative aims to promote a culture of endowment and ongoing charitable contribution and highlights the concept of group endowment that involves individuals in setting up endowment projects. “Dubai government employees lead by example in various segments of society,” he added.