Wednesday, February 18, 2009

7th Mass wedding ceremony for DM employees held at Zaabeel Park

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Dubai Municipality, attended the reception of the seventh Group Wedding of Dubai Municipality employees on Tuesday night. The ceremony hosted by Dubai Municipality at Zaabeel Park was also attended by many dignitaries of the country, senior officials of government departments in Dubai, in addition to the senior officials of the Municipality and family members and friends of the married couples.
A total of 45 employees of Dubai Municipality tied the knot this year under the group wedding programme, organized with the aim of helping employees reduce their wedding expenses.
Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said the event, which has been receiving tremendous success year after year, is a reassurance of the spreading of the concept of social solidarity that reflects positively on the society.
"The municipality endeavours to create an advanced society that enjoys high standard of living and comfort in order to establish brotherhood, solidarity and cooperation in the social fabric," he said.
Stressing on the importance of the occasion, which is being organized by the Municipality for the seventh consecutive year, Lootah said it reflects and translates the reality of the constant care, support and encouragement the civic body gives to the youth in a happy family atmosphere, which adds the Municipality's support to the nation.
Lootah greeted the couples and joined their happiness and wished good luck to their future life.
He also thanked the initiative of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, that has contributed in encouraging the youth of the country to hold mass wedding ceremonies saving them a lot of amount for their marriages.
He thanked Sheikh Hamdan for the noble gesture of patronizing the whole event. “This shows his keenness in providing a decent social life to the youths and reducing their burden in arranging wedding parties.”
The entire expenditure for the glittering reception, which also featured folk dance performances by troupes, fireworks, laser shows, traditional wedding opera and traditional culinary show, was borne by the municipality. Sheikh Hamdan presented gifts to the grooms as a token of appreciation for their participation in the group wedding programme.
A raffle draw was also conducted at the end of the ceremony, through which some couples won free air tickets for their honeymoon trips from Dnata, one of the sponsors of the event.
"The noble gesture of Sheikh Hamdan will have a positive impact on the employees of the Municipality and it also shows how much the municipality cares for us," said Ahmad Nasser Yousuf, who works as an administrative support employee with the Corporate Marketing and Relations Department.
The Municipality has been organizing mass wedding ceremonies in a bid to follow the instructions of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan with regard to cutting cost of wedding ceremonies and avoiding lavishness in arranging wedding parties.

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