Dubai Customs and the General Directorate of Residency And Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, GDRFA, have announced the organisation of a joint group wedding for 80 employees from both departments.
The wedding will take place in May, in line with the nation’s policy to assist young UAE nationals in all areas of life.
The mass wedding for DC and GDRFA staff follows the steps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and conforms with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with regards to cutting unnecessary marriage expenses and curbing extravagancies and excessive wedding costs.
Khalil Saqer, Director of Corporate Communication at Dubai Customs and Chairman of the Group Wedding Committee, said, "Dubai Customs has organised four wedding ceremonies in the past two years. The initiative was lauded by beneficiaries and many government departments were keen to join in. Dubai Customs has invited other departments to be part of the event and hence enlarge the scope of participation. The move paid off last year by holding the first-of-its-kind mass wedding for employees of various government departments, including Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, DEWA, Dubai Municipality and RTA."
The mass wedding, held for the third consecutive year, is hosted by DC with the support and guidance of Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Director-General of Dubai Customs. This year’s mass wedding will be organised for the first time as a joint venture with GDRFA. The event reflects Dubai Customs’ commitment to impart social values to better encourage and support family life and community relationships, Saqer said.
DC’s Communication Director affirmed that hosting a mass wedding jointly among government departments in Dubai promotes community partnership and ensures equal opportunities to young men and women wishing to get married.
Kholoud Al Mehairi, Chairperson of Hawa Committee at GDRFA, thanked Dubai Customs for having employees of GDRFA in this event. She said, "GDRFA highly commends DC’s praiseworthy initiative in putting forth clear methodologies and foundations for organising a mass wedding at the highest standards of community spirit and patriotism."