DUBAI, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Business Council in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in association with the Emirates Red Crescent, hosted a charitable Iftar for more than 1,000 workers at the Emirates Red Crescent tent in Dubai International City area on Sunday.
The event, sponsored by the Chinese business council along with more than 100 volunteers from major Chinese companies based in the region, also received dignitaries and key officials from the Chinese business community in the region.
"There are more than half a million laborers in the UAE and being able to reach out to at least a portion of them in the Holy Month of Ramadan to embrace the spirit of giving is our way of sharing our blessings with the community," said Acting Consul-General of China in Dubai Tan Li.
Chinese Business Council in the UAE, a non-profit social organization composed of Chinese-funded enterprises and institutions, aims to enhance the position of Chinese companies in the region, attract more participants from major companies to invest in the UAE market and increase their overall market share in various sectors.
"We are honored to associate with Emirates Red Crescent and support their Ramadan initiative," said Zhou Guangyao, secretary general of the Chinese Business Council in the UAE.
"Since the UAE declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance, we decided to contribute considerable resources to benefit the less fortunate and embrace the country's pioneering initiatives to emerge as a global capital of tolerance," Zhou said.
"Ramadan is a time to express compassion and share your blessings with those in need. We are extremely thankful to the Chinese business council and various members of the Chinese business community in the UAE to come forward and join hands in supporting our Ramadan initiative," said Mohammad Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarooni, director of Dubai center of the Emirates Red Crescent.