Mohammad Bin Rashid launches cohesive family initiative

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, DeputyPrime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, DeputyPrime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, at the Cabinet meeting.

Abu Dhabi: A national initiative called ‘Cohesive family 2021’ was launched to educate families on the importance of family solidarity and cohesion.

The national initiative was launched during Sunday’s Federal Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The initiative involves a number of awareness activities and campaigns most notably ‘The E-family pledge’.

Shaikh Mohammad said that the solidarity of Emirati families is a consistent priority in all national programmes and at the core of the attention of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“Emirati families are the fabric of our dynamic culture and the environment through which our people are prepared to carry out the development progress. They are the basic constituents of our life and the source of human capital,” Shaikh Mohammad pointed out.

The cohesion and solidarity of Emirati families are the best way to create a cohesive society and we have to project the true image of the Emirati society who always adhere to our true values and principles and maintain traditions and the familial bonds, Shaikh Mohammad added.

He continued, “Our end goal is to be one of the best countries in the world and that will be achieved through a cohesive society.”

Lt Gen Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, were present at the meeting held at the Presidential Palace.

Shaikh Mohammad launched the national initiative as part of the National Programme for Government Communication and called on all Emiratis to interact with the initiative through the hashtag, #Cohesive_Families2021, or through the website,, and sign the family pledge.

The initiative involves innovative methods to engage all categories of the society such as engaging parents to sign the family pledge with their children in schools, and to engage social media influencers.

The initiative includes a team led by the Ministry of Social Development and made up of different local, private and federal bodies.

The move aims to support the objectives of the National Programme for Government Communication and push individuals and community’s ’ behaviour forward through effective communication means with the public.

Seven main pillars

The national programme features seven main social pillars — healthy children, cohesive families, UAE free of diabetes, better schools, safe food, flourishing future and green ideas.

The Cabinet also approved new Emirati compulsory standards for electricity, food and electronics as well as other standards for the energy sector concerning the Statement of Energy Performance (SEP). The move aims to make these specifications in line with international state-of-the-art standards, improve the quality of safety requirements, and boost the national economy in the industrial and commercial fields.

Also approved were the restructuring of the board of directors of the General Pension and Social Security Authority under the chairmanship of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, and a number of amendments of some boards of directors including Al Etihad Credit Bureau and Emirates Development Bank.

An embassy will be established in Panama as per the new decision taken during the Cabinet meeting and four agreements concerning airline services between the UAE and Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, South Sudan and Slovenia were signed off.

An agreement with Kosovo were endorsed as well to boost economic cooperation and another one with South Africa to avoid double taxation and fiscal evasion.

The Council of Ministers also endorsed agreements with Romania and Mozambique and approved a headquarters agreement with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), among others.

Supreme legislative authority

During the meeting the Cabinet approved the establishment of a united supreme legislative authority that will be tasked with setting standards, principles and rules that govern banking and financial services in line with Sharia. The authority will also oversee Sharia supervisory committees of banks and financial institutions to support the status of the UAE as a global Islamic financial hub.

The authority’s terms of reference will be identified by the UAE Central Bank.

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