As part of the initiatives this Year of the 50th and the commemoration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, the Ministry of Community Development organized on Monday (December 27, 2021) a mass wedding for 50 young Emirati couples.
The wedding sponsored by Al Masaood Group was held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi in the presence of H.E. Nasser Ismail, the Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Social Welfare Affairs; H.E. Masaood Ahmed Al Masaood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Masaood Group; H.E Tariq Ahmed Al Masaood, Board Member; members of the Board of Directors; officials; and families and relatives of the couples.
The mass wedding, one of the Ministry’s social responsibility initiatives, was aimed at promoting effective public-private partnerships and supporting the weddings of citizens. H.E. Ismail congratulated the couples and wished them happiness and success as they start building their own families.
He thanked Al Masaood Group for sponsoring the special mass wedding, as he praised the business organization for its efforts to strengthen community partnership, support social development in the country, and promote the stability of Emirati families.
He reiterated that the Ministry will continue to organize mass weddings every year across the UAE, pointing out that such an initiative reflects the values of solidarity and principles established by the country’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
H.E. Ismail added that mass weddings for Emiratis push forward the government’s objective to promote quality of life and family stability, both of which are important elements of a cohesive society. This commitment will especially benefit young couples who are about to start their own families.
He also stressed the importance of partnership in organizing mass weddings, saying that these events complement the efforts of the government to ensure family stability and cohesion in line with the UAE’s National Agenda 2021. The agenda seeks to preserve a cohesive society that is proud of its identity and heritage.
H.E. Masaood Ahmed Al Masaood, Chairman, Al Masaood said: “As part of our celebrations of the UAE’s 50th National Day, we are honored to contribute to the union of 50 Emirati couples in Abu Dhabi. This initiative of the Ministry supports the process of building a developed nation. Organizing a mass wedding for 50 couples is aligned with our country’s efforts to help cut down the wedding costs incurred by Emirati citizens and thank them for upholding UAE traditions. We believe that families are building blocks of a cohesive, integrated, happy and prosperous society.”
“We are excited to continuously be part of mass weddings in the country in response to our wise leadership’s directives to help young Emirati couples as they establish their own stable family. Their families are the true nucleus of a unified community that upholds ancient traditions. Al Masaood Group will continue to support mass weddings, which reflect positive human and social dimensions, solidarity, and brotherhood. Such special events also call on the people to celebrate and preserve the intimacy of weddings and avoid extravagance and waste.”
Ahmed Salmeen, Chief Executive, Government Affairs at Al Masaood Group, stressed that the business conglomerate’s support for the union of 50 Emirati couples reflects its commitment to community partnership and social responsibility. Mass weddings help ease financial burdens on newlyweds as they begin their marriage and strive to lead a happy and stable family life. He added that mass weddings foster cooperation, tolerance, loyalty, and sense of belonging to the country.
The Ministry of Community Development’s yearly mass weddings illustrate that these special events contribute to preserving local society’s authentic traditions, reducing wedding costs, and building stable families that can participate in the UAE’s social development process. The Ministry also called on individuals and private sector entities to support mass weddings to help promote the stability and happiness of Emirati families.