Abu Dhabi: The 13th edition of the Ataya Charity Exhibition was launched to support the ‘Tarahum – for Gaza’ campaign. The exhibition was organized by Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) at the Marina Hall at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The six-day event is arranged in partnership with the Presidential Court and the Ruler’s Representative Court – Al Dhafrah Region. The event is sponsored by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB).
The annual exhibition showcases various aspects of humanity as it travels to different places. The latest edition will feature over 140 exhibitors from various nations, including a notable number of exhibitors from the UAE.
The exhibition will feature a range of entrepreneurs and designers handpicked by the Higher Committee of the Exhibition. The selection is done with the guidance and support of Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Assistant Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) for Women Affairs, Chairperson of the Higher Committee of the Ataya Initiative, and wife of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC.
The Ataya Charity Exhibition showcases the artworks of local and international talents in many creative fields. The areas include fashion, jewelry, home accessories, and perfumes. It also features several local restaurants and cafes.
Sheikha Shamsa stressed that the event’s current edition is being held under extraordinary conditions, as the Palestinian people in Gaza are struggling with many challenges. Therefore, Ataya’s Higher Committee combined its efforts with the ‘Tarahum – for Gaza’ campaign to help those suffering from the war, reflecting the UAE’s approach to unity and humanitarian cooperation with friendly countries.
“Over the past years, the Ataya Charity Exhibition has helped solve many critical humanitarian issues in different areas, most notably health, education, social, and other services sectors,” Sheikha Shamsa noted that several important projects were implemented in many nations, benefitting over one million people.
Sheikha Shamsa added that this approach has aligned the Ataya Initiative with the UAE’s global humanitarian mission, which it is pursuing as per the directives of its leadership, making it one of the leading contributors of humanitarian and developmental assistance in the world.
The ‘Tarahum – for Gaza’ campaign that began in October 2023 highlights humanitarian and relief efforts of the UAE to support those suffering in the Gaza Strip and ease the humanitarian plight being endured by the Palestinian people, especially children and women.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages the campaign in coordination with the Ministry of Community Development and in cooperation with the ERC and the World Food Program (WFP). It also has the participation of 20 charitable and humanitarian organizations.
The campaign aims to stand in solidarity with Palestinian children and families affected by the situation in Gaza. It intends to reduce the pain suffered by vulnerable segments of the population, most notably children. Kids make up around half of the population of the Gaza Strip. Number of children in the location counts to more than one million. The campaign wishes to reach them and their mothers by providing essential items and medical supplies.