The foundation aims to preserve the UAE’s identity and heritage and instil national values among the younger generation.
In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued Law No. 7 of 2018, establishing Watani Al Emarat Foundation as a public entity.
According to the law, the new foundation will replace the Watani Programme. All liabilities, commitments, assets, and responsibilities of the programme, as well as its staff will be transferred to the Watani Al Emarat Foundation.
The foundation aims to preserve the UAE’s identity and heritage and instil national values among the younger generation. The foundation also seeks to promote the UAE’s cultural and social heritage, and support the development objectives of the UAE by conducting studies for understanding public opinion on key public issues.
The foundation also works to encourage volunteering and promote social responsibility and cross-cultural and religious dialogue. It also seeks to enhance the contribution of Emirati youth in various sectors.
As per the new law, the foundation is tasked with coordinating with concerned authorities to develop comprehensive strategic plans in areas related to the UAE’s national identity and society, good citizenship, political participation and development of youth.
The foundation is also tasked with supporting community volunteering initiatives by coordinating with entities both inside and outside the country and through communication and collaboration with local, regional and international entities.