DHA to promote healthy food, nutrition

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the UAE-based dairy producer Al Rawabi have joined hands to enhance public health by promoting healthy and nutritious food.

Al Rawabi said it will play a significantly supportive role in all of DHA’s programmes to promote healthy and nutritious food in Dubai as part of its commitment to the society and public health.

Emphasising the importance of the national food industry, Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman and Director-General of DHA, said that it is the duty and responsibility of all companies in the food industry to commit to the upkeep of public health in line with global standards.

He further said that the DHA gives importance to healthy food and has recently opened a department Clinical Nutritional Department, which is present in every hospital under the authority promoting healthy and nutritious food for disease prevention.

Al Qutami stressed that it is important for DHA and food companies to partner and build bridges of cooperation to maintain community health and food safety.

Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, Al Rawabi Dairy Company, said: “As a local diary and food company, we have a commitment to promote healthy, safe and nutritious food. We view this as a significant challenge to be addressed by all stakeholders in the food industry and we are honoured to be part of DHA’s endeavors in promoting this crucial cause.”

In a meeting between DHA officials and Al Rawabi, the former said that it has kept all its channels open for public and private sector food companies to join the authority in promoting public health and particularly for the initiative of creating awareness on healthy, safe and nutritious food.

Dr. Ahmed El Tigani, CEO of Al Rawabi, said: “Ever since our inception, we have been focused on promoting community health and Al Rawabi has always been sensitive to these demands of public health. This is evident in the way we have addressed issues of health concern through functional products as well as through community activities.  We believe that the opportunity thrown open by DHA to partner with it in promoting public health is a great platform for all food companies.”