Emirates School opens in Lebanon.

Hamad Saeed Sultan Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon, has inaugurated the Emirates School in the town of Qadriya, west of Beqa, Lebanon.

Fitting within the “Year of Giving” initiative, the school project was funded by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment and is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.

The school, which is supervised by over 10 teachers, consists of 14 classrooms, a science laboratory and a library with a capacity of 350 students. It operates in two shifts, morning and evening, to provide equal educational opportunities for the children of nearby villages and towns, where nearly 700 students graduate each year from kindergarten and primary schools. The next stage of the initiative will involve the opening of a secondary school and high school.

Al Shamsi stressed that aid provided to Lebanon will continue across the country, to promote development, education and culture, under the guidance of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The opening was attended by former Lebanese minister Mohammad Rahal along with members of the Lebanese parliament Ziad Al Qadri, Amin Wahbi and Amin Al Daouk, Head of the Makassed Islamic Charity Society in Beirut, as well as several mayors, ministers, and religious and social activists.

Rahal praised the UAE’s role and its ongoing assistance to Lebanon. Al Qadri stressed that the UAE’s charitable and humanitarian role is not unique to a country that has devoted all its efforts to investing in human development, being the cornerstone of community building, while explaining that Beqaa has received its share of assistance from the UAE, which contributed to easing its burdens, especially as it currently hosts a large number of Syrian refugees.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs