It has always been part of the Emirati (Arab) culture to give to charities and to provide for the poor. But this time, through the joint efforts of Beit Al Khair Society and Dubai Investment Company, a new Guinness World Record has been set for contributing 8,997 free meals to low-income workers in just under three hours.
The event, which was organized at the Dubai Investment Park, was intended to fulfilling the social responsibility towards low-income workers who play a critical role in building and developing the country.
Here’s a video below showcasing the event:
Free Meals Distributed to Workers in Dubai, New World Record Set
In line with this, Abdeen Taher Al Awadhi, director-general of Beit Al Khair Society explained that the move is also in response to the Fifty-Year Charterof His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as shared in a report by the Khaleej Times.
Al Awadhi pointed out: “In the ninth article of this historic document, he called for annual growth in humanitarian works parallel with the economic development of Dubai.”
For his part, Pravin Patel, official adjudicator, Guinness World Records Ltd. explained: “The challenge was to distribute 7,500 meals in eight hours, but the distribution team managed to give away 8,997 meals in two hours and 52 minutes.”
In addition to this, Mr. Patel clarified that all the meals distributed had to be fresh, healthy, nutritious and should have contributed to an eligible community in an orderly manner.
He added that all of these conditions were dutifully met. “We, accordingly, grant Beit Al Khair and Dubai Investment this certificate which confirms their success in breaking the record in the UAE.”
Al Awadhi also commented that Beit Al Khair has taken the ‘Food for All’ project to a higher level, and revived a deeply-rooted tradition in the Emirati culture, which is feeding the poor.
“Beit Al Khair, with these 8,997 meals, has distributed 90,000 meals under this pioneering project after the holy month of Ramadan and up to the end of November 2019,” he noted.
Also commenting on this feat, Mohammed Saeed Al-Raqbani, general manager of Dubai Investments Industries explained that the record shows how the private sector supports the charitable sector in adopting and implementing the principle of social responsibility, validating the civilized image of the country.
Al-Raqbani also commended the exemplary performance of the Beit Al Khair field team, noting: “Their perfect organization and record distribution have made this mission possible in cooperation with 45 volunteers from the Dubai Investment.”