AD Ports Group Signs MoU with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination

Collaboration to Support People of Determination and Enable Them to Share Innovative Ideas 

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 November 2021 – AD Ports Group and Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to aid efforts aimed at supporting people of determination and enabling them to achieve their aspirations and actively contribute to the nation’s development.

The MoU reflects AD Ports Group’s commitment to its social responsibility and support for all segments of society, as well as its dedication to driving cooperation with the leading national firms in joint social and humanitarian work.

As per the agreement signed by His Excellency Abdullah Abdul Ali Al Humaidan, Secretary-General of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, in the presence of officials from both firms, AD Ports Group will provide ZHO with fully equipped retail space at Marsa Mina, a vibrant retail and F&B hub at Zayed Port, which will allow people of determination to display their commercial products.

Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of AD Ports Group, will also be providing the organisation with access to IBTIKAR platform, which was developed to compile innovative ideas and suggestions submitted by employees, customers, and stakeholders. To date, the platform has produced thousands of ideas, of which several have already been turned into successful projects including Marsa Mina.  

As part of the MoU, ZHO will deliver sign language training programmes for AD Ports Group’s employees, as well as printing awareness brochures in Braille for AD Ports Group’s customers of determination.

His Excellency Abdullah Abdul Ali Al Humaidan, Secretary-General of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination welcomed the collaboration with AD Ports Group and thanked the team for their cooperation, noting that ZHO is keen to exchange expertise and work with leading companies to support social, humanitarian, and national efforts aimed at achieving sustainable social development.

He commended the important efforts and significant role of national institutions in rehabilitating, employing, empowering and integrating people of determination in the society.

He said: “Our cooperation with AD Ports Group is a great example of successful social collaboration as per the vision of the wise leadership of the country, and comes in line with our role under the vocational rehabilitation and employment pillar of the National Policy for Empowering People of Determination. The cooperation also allows us to achieve one of the employment policy objectives in Abu Dhabi under the Emirate’s Comprehensive Strategy for People of Determination 2020-2024.”

He added: “This collaboration will help support and market the goods produced by the people of determination under the trademark “BEE”. Moreover, it will help us develop our work mechanisms by launching cooperative initiatives that will benefit all stakeholders and strengthen the role of the people of determination in the society.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, noted that the efforts of AD Ports Group and Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination are in line with the leadership’s vision for the empowerment of people of determination, and ensuring prosperity and equal opportunity to all members of society.

Captain Al Shamisi added: “We are proud of our collaboration with ZHO. I am confident that the creative ideas provided by people of determination through IBTIKAR will highlight their talent as they fulfil their national role in supporting social development and help enhance the UAE’s status in all fields.”

The MoU will facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge between AD Ports Group and ZHO, in the fields of IT, cybersecurity policies, in addition to vocational health and safety. Both parties will work closely to develop joint work plans for sports, culture, and social programmes, along with joint training courses for employees from both organisations.

Chaired by H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination is a government entity under the Department of Community Developments, which was established in April 19, 2004, as an umbrella for all humanitarian bodies, social services, people of determination institutions and any future bodies established in Abu Dhabi for humanitarian goals.

With centres and clubs for People of Determination​ across Abu Dhabi, ZHO provides a range of integrated services that aim at rehabilitating disabled people for inclusion into the community. These services include training and education, vocational and therapeutic rehabilitation (assessment, early intervention, physiotherapy, functional therapy, speech therapy, and vocational training workshops), psychological care, family counselling, as well as supporting educational and sport activities.

Photo Caption: His Excellency Abdullah Abdul Ali Al Humaidan, Secretary-General of Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group signing the agreement.

About AD Ports Group: 

Established in 2006, AD Ports Group today serves as the region’s premier facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.

Operating several clusters covering Ports, Industrial Cities & Free Zone, Maritime, Logistics, and Digital, AD Ports Group’s portfolio comprises 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, and more than 550 square kilometres of industrial zones within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.

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About Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO)

With centers and clubs for People of Determination​ across Abu Dhabi, ZHO provides a range of integrated services that aim at rehabilitating disabled people for inclusion into the community. These services include training and education, vocational and therapeutic rehabilitation (assessment, early intervention, physiotherapy, functional therapy, speech therapy, and vocational training workshops), psychological care, family counseling, as well as supporting educational and sport activities.

Throughout its history, ZHO has made wide strides and considerable achievements, notably its expansion plans to accommodate disabled people all over the emirate of Abu Dhabi. All along, it was inspired by​ His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on the need to widen the ZHO scope of service and create new sections and therapeutic units in all centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. Under the General Secretariat of the Organization, there are three Sectors: Administrative and Financial Support Sector, Persons with Disabilities Sector.

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