As part of its activities during the Year of Zayed, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has organized an event entitled "Redahom Gannah" (Their Satisfaction is a Paradise) on the International Day for Older Persons. The event was attended by H.E. Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director-General of ADFCA, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Salem Al Al Sudain, Chairman of the Emirates Association for Parents Care, Eng. Mubarak Al Mansouri, Executive Director of ADFCA's Agricultural Affairs Sector, and a number of leaders and employees of the authority. It reflects the authority's efforts to raise awareness of the public and its staff about the importance of family cohesion, treating the elderly with respect, and dutifulness to parents.
In this regard, Eng. Khamis Al Hosani, from ADFCA's institutional service division, welcomed the participants, stressing that H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and his brothers, rulers of the Emirates, have given a clear and significant interest to this important segment of the society. They highlighted principles laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which include appreciating and respecting each father and mother on this precious land. Al Hosani cited the need to follow founding father's approach in helping the elderly in recognition of their generosity and sacrifice.
For his side, Dr. Al Sudain has presented a lecture in which he stressed that the UAE has topped various fields in the world. The UAE ranked first among countries of the Middle East for the elderly's quality of life, as it provides advanced health and social facilities, to ensure the health, social and culture care of them. He recalled the saying of the UAE's founding father: "Parents are the first generation. Without their will in overcoming the harshness of life, our generation wouldn't have lived on the land we enjoy its blessings today."
During the celebration, a number of the older persons have participated in a panel session themed "Ambassadors of the Past to the Future". They talked about the agriculture and livestock fields, highlighting the great attention paid by the late Sheikh Zayed to agriculture as well as his determination to transform the desert into green oases and farms. They also reviewed the most important achievements made by the State to support elderly in terms of the empowerment, health care, and livelihoods.
ADFCA has honored the participants, underscoring its keenness to support initiatives that will improve the local community and promote the status of Abu Dhabi regionally and globally. The authority also stressed its support for the social and humanitarian institutions in the State, praising their role in serving the society.
ADFCA is keen to support all national initiatives and events through its distinguished participation and diverse activities. This stems from the authority's community responsibility and its important role in communicating with the public, particularly with regard to its efforts in raising awareness of the public about food safety.