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Foundation takes up new projects worldwide

posted on 12/11/2003: 861 views

Islamic centres in Rotterdam, Scotland, South India, Georgetown and Pennsylvania, and mosques in Sweden, Boston and Frankfurt are among the new projects being undertaken by the Al Maktoum Charity Foundation. The construction of a hospital in Lebanon is meanwhile fast nearing completion, said Mirza Al Sayegh, Representative of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry.

He said the latest project is the proposed Islamic Centre in Rotterdam, prompted by the numerous Arab nationals living there. "It will also help strengthen relations between the UAE and Rotterdam." The total cost of the centre is four million euros or Dh16 million. A local company in Dubai will design the building. "We bought land from Rotterdam Municipality which approved the design of the centre and is now considered part of the main plan of the city."

The next project is building Islamic educational institutions and an Islamic Centre in Scotland. "There is also a small village in Sweden tenanted by 50 Muslims for whom we will build a mosque. "We are also building an Islamic Centre in South India and other Islamic centres in Georgetown and Pennsylvania in America. Mosques will be built in Rotterdam, Boston, Frankfurt and other areas, increasing the number built by the foundation all over the world to more than 100." The Al Maktoum Mosque in Al Zarrqa in Jordan and the Cancer Centre to which the foundation recently donated US$100,000 are other projects in various stages of implementation.

During Ramadan, the foundation helps in offering food to more than 50,000 people around the world. He added that the foundation, at its own expense, is planning to send some new Muslims to Haj. Domestically, the foundation has also helped various organisations through the Beit Al Khair Charity Society which, since its inception in 1989, has been active in extending aid to wherever it is needed. (The Gulf News)


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