Dubai Customs hosts mass wedding for 83 employees
Dubai Customs hosted a mass wedding this week for 83 couples, in the presence of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai.
The bridegrooms are employees from Dubai Customs and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA) and the Sunday evening ceremony was the third of its kind held at Dubai Customs.
HE Sultan Ahed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World and chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, attended the nuptials and congratulated the newlyweds.
He commented: “The wedding is in line with the nation’s policy to assist young UAE nationals in all areas of life.”
The ceremony, held at the Cultural & Scientific Association in Al Mamzar, was also attended by HE director-general of GDRFA-Dubai, major-general Mohammed Al Marri and HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director of Dubai Customs.
Bin Sulayem underlined that the mass wedding for DC and GDRFA staff, themed 'UAE Shayaheen', follows in the steps of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and conforms with the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in regards to curbing extravagent wedding costs.
HE Ahmed Mahboob expressed his happiness with this social event, which brings together Dubai Customs and the GDRFA employees’ to celebrate with the bridegrooms on their special day and stated that this endeavour is deeply rooted in the values of brotherhood amongst UAE nationals.
He also noted that the UAE Shayaheen mass wedding is one of Dubai Custom’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Khalil Saqer, director of Corporate Communication Department, Dubai Customs and head of the Mass Wedding Committee, said: “We have launched the mass wedding initiative in 2012 targeting Dubai Customs employees, and for this year we have joined hands with the GDRFA, which reflects the spirit of government partnership.”
He said that the special committee was formed to set a bilateral event plan, including selection rules, conditions, privileges and incentives.
"In addition, we at DC have worked closely with the Successful Marriage programme in collaboration with Al Nahda Women’s Association, seeking to provide the utmost support for the newlyweds to lead stable and tranquil lives,” he shared.