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Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Manal Bin Yaarouf Al Suwaidi, Director of Customer and Partners Relations Department

Improves movements; reduces complaints of joint pain by 40%.

Dubai Municipality to continue Senior Citizen Gardens initiative Dubai Municipality has announced that it will continue to implement the community initiative “Senior Citizen Gardens” by creating more home gardens in 15 homes for senior citizens during 2019 meeting the criteria set for such gardens as the initiative has proved successful in achieving the positive impact on the health of senior citizens by their happiness and integration into society through the establishment of agricultural gardens inside their homes, which motivate them for movement and productivity. The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai monitored the health and psychological condition of the beneficiaries of the initiative to measure their benefit and showed a marked improvement in their movement abilities and mental state. The initiative also contributed to reducing the proportion of complaints of joint pain by 40%. The move is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the vision of Dubai Municipality to build a happy and sustainable city and its strategy of community participation and effective interaction and the sustainability of city environment. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said: “Based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the care and attention towards senior citizens in honor of this influential category of people in the community, Dubai Municipality, in cooperation with CDA, is committed to provide all kinds of support to their satisfaction

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and happiness by designing and implementing home gardens for senior citizens free of charge.” “We, at Dubai Municipality, will continue to provide support to this group and we will enhance community service to all other groups to achieve the Municipality’s vision of building a happy and sustainable city,” he added. Manal Bin Yaarouf Al Suwaidi, Director of Customer and Partners Relations Department at Dubai Municipality, said: “Our sponsorship of this initiative is an extension of national strategies and visions that promote social solidarity among all segments of the society. It reflects our appreciation to senior citizens for their efforts throughout their lives to serve the nation. It is also in accordance with our values, especially as they represent an important part of the social environment.” “Through this initiative, we aim to help them to lead a decent life and to engage their free time with useful work, which will contribute to the promotion of the principle of happiness and satisfaction in their life. The initiative will also activate their role in the overall development process witnessed by the Emirate,” she said. “The initiative encourages senior citizens to move and produce through the practice of farming and harvesting, and help them to engage their leisure time by taking care of plants planted in their gardens throughout the year, including palm trees and different flowers, and also motivate them to perform motor activities that improve their morale,” Al Suwaidi pointed out.

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