A UAE newspaper has highlighted the importance a cohesive family as a core of a cohesive society. The UAE knows this best and President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has always stressed that family cohesion is a national area of focus in the UAE.
"Families remain a key priority for all government projects, strategies and policies related to various sectors," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Monday.
The UAE Cabinet, chaired by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched a national campaign entitled "Cohesive Family 2021" to strengthen family ties and endorse the family’s core role in preserving the identity and culture of society.
"Cohesive Family 2021" is one of the main pillars of the National Programme for Government Communication, NPGC, guided by the National Agenda and UAE Vision 2021.
Interestingly, the campaign will introduce several initiatives and design a number of cultural activities and events under its umbrella, "The Family Pledge" being the most important among them. The campaign has a noble motto to strengthen the society and, hence, society too has a major role to play in making it successful.
It may be recalled that in a move to significantly boost worldwide family values, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, unveiled an initiative to launch a Worldwide Family Forum (WFF) in 2007.
The WFF was envisaged as a platform for promoting family values as well as the culture of peace and peaceful co-existence among world nations on the regional and international levels.
The initiative stemmed from Sheikha Fatima’s keenness to highlight the sanctity of the institution of family. It was also in line with her commitment to reinforce dialogue amongst world cultures.
The paper quoted Sheikh Mohammed as saying, "We aim to be among the best countries in the world, and this can only be achieved by strengthening families which form the nucleus of society. Cohesive families constitute the most definitive path to a strong community."
"Yes, UAE citizens need to show the world the true image of the Emirati community that fully embraces the country’s values and principles and celebrates its traditions and original identity," concluded the Sharjah-based daily.