Dubai Municipality has announced the creation of the world's first charity park, and we think it's a beautiful initiative!
The 15-acre plot can accomodate up to 2,100 date palms, all which will be donated by the community. Each date palm costs around Dhs1,000 and every member of the community can donate up to five trees.
The park is expected to produce 150 tonnes of dates every year, which will be donated to the needy, meaning one date palm can help feed the poor for decades to come!
It is the world's first initiative of its kind, and the Dhs10million project, in coordination with the Mohammed bin Rashid International Centre for Endowment Consultancy, will be named the Charity Oasis.
Commenting on the announcement, reports Khaleej Times, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said, "Everyone knows that Dubai is a leader in innovation in various fields. Today, we announce one of its innovations in the field of charity, in line with the #Year of Giving, declared by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Year of Giving strategy announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It will be the first charity park in the world and will be a sustainable endowment in the name of the UAE community and a witness to the charity activities deep routed in the UAE."
Will you be donating a palm tree?