RTAs' director-general Mattar Al Tayer (left) during one of the Ramadan initiatives Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Mattar Al Tayer, director-general, chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has commended the volunteering work and active participation of RTA employees in community-oriented activities during Ramadan.

Al Tayer made these remarks while taking part in social initiatives organised by RTA. He said: “RTA is keen to carry out Ramadan activities and programmes to maximise the benefits of target groups and ensure that volunteering teams and organisers stick to the applicable preventive measures while serving iftar meals.”

This year, RTA is organising two Ramadan initiatives - ‘Meals-On-Wheels' and ‘Ramadan Rations’ Image Credit: Supplied

“RTA’s social initiatives add to the practice of the UAE in rolling out humanitarian initiatives and philanthropic activities. The UAE boasts of magnificent global achievements, thanks to the vision of our leaders that established the pillars of social responsibility, and capitalised on the abilities of youth in running volunteering works locally and abroad,” he added.

Social responsibility

RTA is collaborating with the First Abu Dhabi Bank, and KEOLIS-MHI, the operator of Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram, in delivering several humanitarian initiatives during Ramadan, targeting bus drivers, workers, delivery bike riders, truck drivers, orphans and fixed-income families.

This year, RTA is organising two Ramadan initiatives. The first is ‘Meals-On-Wheels', which targets bus drivers, workers, delivery bike riders, and truck drivers. Partners include First Abu Dhabi Bank, KEOLIS-MHI, Emirates General Petroleum (Emarat), Continental Tires, Beit Al Khair Society, Red Crescent, and Dar Al Ber Society.

The initiative provides 30,000 meals, at a rate of 1,000 Iftar meals per day. RTA will also provide 17,500 iftar meals, in cooperation with volunteers at its Head Office, and a special bus will be deployed to distribute meals.

The second initiative is ‘Ramadan Rations’, which coincides with Zayed Humanitarian Day. Prepaid nol cards will be distributed to low-income families, which can be used in shopping at major retail stores, to meet the needs of recipients during Ramadan.