The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) – Host Sponsor of the 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) – and Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) have signed a strategic partnership agreement whereby DoE joins the project launched by EAG last year to support the Zayed Agricultural Centre for Development and Rehabilitation.
The partnership agreement was signed in the Department’s pavilion at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, by the DoE’s Undersecretary His Excellency Mohammed bin Jarsh Al Falasi and Khalid Ghaith Al Muhairbi, Honorary President, Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Etihad Airways Group.
The partnership reaffirms both parties’ commitment to the People of Determination, and their dedication to promoting sustainability and conservation of the environment, especially in light of the organic farming programmes adopted by the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Over the next two years, the DoE and the Etihad Aviation Group 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, particularly in terms of the support it provides for People of Determination in the UAE. The project seeks to empower People of Determination, provide them with vocational training and skills development, and enable them to maintain a regular income.
“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 recently with great support from our wise leadership.”
The DoE Undersecretary expressed pride in the special partnership between the Department and Etihad Aviation Group, adding: “Ensuring a safe and sustainable supply of water is a leading objective for the DoE as it moves forward to achieve its strategic aspirations.