Last year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, celebrated his fifth accession with orphans, stressing that "each year, a deserving group in our society shall be recognised." This year, he directed that every mother in the UAE is to be honoured for their role in bringing up generations and grooming leaders.
On Monday, he began by visiting the homes of two distinguished Emirati mothers. Sheikh Mohammed paid a visit to Hessa Al Jaber, an Emirati working mother in Sharjah who raised four children despite her hearing loss. He tweeted through his Twitter handle @HHShkMohd, "Hessa is a true example of the Emirati mother who represents the values of determination and strength #ThankUMother," He also visited Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi, 'The Girl of Arabs', he tweeted “(Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi) an Arab mother who combines both the power of faith and word. Ousha is an example of an exceptional mother, who influenced not only her children, but also all Emiratis with her wisdom.
On Wednesday, taking initiative in honouring mothers in the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed uploaded on his Facebook and Twitter account a “Certificate of Appreciation,” duly signed by him, with a message that reads "A note of gratitude and appreciation to you and to all the mothers for their significant role in building nations and generations." He asked followers on his Twitter account to print out the certificate, fill in the blank with each mother's name, and present it to the mother as a certificate of appreciation from Sheikh Mohammed.
Continuing with his heartfelt initiative, Sheikh Mohammed paid a visit to Um Abdullah, a dedicated mother whose husband passed away 36 years ago leaving her with nine children. “I wanted to surprise Um Abdullah; instead, I was happily surprised by her & her family welcoming me,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
Sheikh Mohammed continued “Despite the difficulties, Um Abdulla raised her nine children to high standards in life and work. Despite her old age, she continues to raise her grandchildren after losing two of her sons.”
Further to this, Sheikh Mohammed has awarded Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Honourary Sash to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Chairperson of UAE Women’s Federation and Chairperson of Arab Women Organization.
Sheikh Mohammed’s award came in recognition of Sheikha Fatima’s historic role in enabling the UAE woman and family and launching of a considerable number of projects aiming to improve the role of the UAE woman towards serving her family, community and country.
On this occasion, Sheikh Mohammed said:” I am pleased to award Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Honourary Sash to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of Emirates.” He went on to emphasise: “Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak had always stood by Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the UAE, extended support for Emirati women, and brought up great leaders.” He added, “Honouring Sheikha Fatima is not only my initiative; it comes from all Emiratis who have seen and lived her numerous achievements,”