Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the UAE, today announced that it has contributed AED 200,000 to the Umm Al Quwain Co-operative Society for Fishermen through the Emirates Islamic Charity Fund.
The contribution will support local fishermen, keeping in mind the financial burden of the seasonal profession and the large expenses required for fishing equipment.
The contribution cheque was handed over by Awatif Al Harmoodi, General Manager, Operational Governance, Emirates Islamic to Hussein Al Hajri, Chairman of Umm Al Quwain Co-operative Society for Fishermen at the Bank’s headquarters in Dubai.
Al Harmoody reaffirmed Emirates Islamic’s strong support for the UAE’s heritage and culture, including fishing which has been practised by local Emirati fisherman for centuries as a traditional form of livelihood.
“As a local bank, Emirates Islamic is pleased to financially support Emirati fishermen and their families, encouraging them to continue practising the profession as well as helping others who are looking to enter this profession. Fishing is part of our tradition and it is vital to support the industry, which is among the most important economic sectors in the UAE,” Al Harmoody added.
Hussein Al-Hajri, Chairman of Umm Al Quwain Co-operative Society for Fishermen, said: “I would like extend my sincere thanks to our brothers at Emirates Islamic for the support they have provided to our local fishermen. This contribution will offer direct financial support to the active fishermen in our association to help alleviate their financial burdens and improve their ability to bear expenses incurred in order to preserve the fishing profession. Fishing is a major part of our beloved country’s heritage, and we are grateful that to the UAE government who always seek to maintain and provide continuous support to preserve our profession.”