The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) and Etihad Airways Group (EAG) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to support the Zayed Agricultural Centre for Development and Rehabilitation. DoE will now join the project launched by EAG last year
Located in Al Ain’s Hazaa Al Boosh area, the Centre is affiliated with the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination and aims to support Abu Dhabi’s push towards sustainability.
The partnership was signed at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, by the DoE’s undersecretary HE Mohammed bin Jarsh Al Falasi and Khalid Ghaith Al Muhairbi, honorary president, strategy and corporate social responsibility at Etihad. It is part of the ‘Greenhouse Initiative’ for special needs individuals ("People of Determination"), launched by EAG in 2018. The DoE is one of the main sponsors for phases two and three of the project.
Over the next two years, the DoE and Etihad will provide support for the Centre to acquire five new greenhouses, a specialised vegetable and fruit packaging facility, as well as a dedicated desalination plant serving the Centre. The Group had set up five greenhouses during the first year of the project.
This agreement is a significant addition to the EAG Greenhouse Project, which seeks to provide vocational training and skills development to individuals with special needs.
“People of Determination are an important segment of the UAE community,” said H.E. Jarsh Al Falasi. “Supporting this segment and providing them with opportunities to learn and work is a national duty underlined at the People of Determination Retreat, held in March with great support from our wise leadership.”
EAG’s Khalid Ghaith Al Mehairbi said: “Etihad Aviation Group is committed in supporting People of Determination through various initiatives that seek to integrate them into the wider community. We are delighted to be cooperating with the Department of Energy to provide more opportunities for this segment to play their part in the UAE’s sustainable development.
“This initiative empowers them to leave their mark and express themselves in society, in addition to providing them with stable income from selling organic produce and encouraging them to continue to hone their professional skills and advance their career.”