If this doesn’t inspire you to take part in the Year of Giving, we don’t know what will.

We’ve been all about celebrating the ladies of the UAE this week, with the third annual Emirati Women’s Day taking place on Monday.

And one new report has just shown how much they deserve recognition for the way they give back to the community.

According to the Zayed Giving Initiative, Emirati women have volunteered 600,000 hours of their time to field and online activities in the last seven years.

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Broken down, those figures – released to celebrate Emirati Women’s Day – mean UAE women volunteer an average of 85,714 hours a year, or 234 hours a day.

”Emirati woman have proven their merit as trendsetters in the local and international humanitarian and voluntary works. They have engaged in creative initiatives in the service of humanity,” the ZGI report stated.

”The UAE leadership created the favourable conditions for empowering women to play their aspired role in all fields, mainly voluntary and charitable works.”

The report also revealed that Emirati women volunteering at the ZGI’s mobile and field hospitals have benefitted 6 million children and elderly people in the UAE, across the Middle East, and even further afield.

While these statistics are from the last seven years, 2017 is certainly a good time to do your part, with the UAE currently celebrating the Year of Giving.

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The theme was revealed by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in December, with the aim of promoting a culture of giving back to the community.

The last eight months have seen the launch of the UAE Food Bank, a national volunteering scheme, and plenty of do-gooders paying it forward to the country’s people.


There are still four more months to go, so why not signing up for a volunteering initiative now?

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