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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa achieves 1.2 million meals target

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa achieves 1.2 million meals target

Key donors included the Bin Sougat Group, Amazon, Tiger Group, Visa, Masafi, Atlantis Resorts, Tristar Group, Chalhoub Group, West Zone and MAK Holding

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The Burj Khalifa’s campaign to secure 1.2 million donations met its target on Monday.

The initiative known as the World’s Tallest Donation Box was launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) on May 2 as part of the 10 million meals campaign.

Besides the financial donations that poured in from people belonging to 110 different nationalities, the initiative received unique in-kind contributions including fast food vouchers from Burger King, McDonald’s and Texas Chicken and a special song titled Stronger Together produced by Anghami, reported official news agency WAM.

Revenues generated from the song streams were donated to provide food support to those in need.

While Anghami created a 1.2 million tracks playlist and placed a donate button on its platform, Amazon too dedicated a space on its portal to direct users to donate to the initiative.

Key donors to the World’s Tallest Donation Box included the Bin Sougat Group, Amazon, Tiger Group, Visa, Masafi, Atlantis Resorts, Tristar Group, Chalhoub Group, West Zone and MAK Holding.

“Achieving the target of the World’s Tallest Donation Box in record time reflects the solidarity of the UAE’s society, with all its segments coming together to support those in need. The deeply-rooted values of giving, consolidated in society by our wise leadership, set the UAE as a global role model for humanitarian work and social cohesion, ” said Muna Alkindi, CEO of MBRGI

“Now is the right time to stand together in solidarity and lend a helping hand to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” she added.

The Burj Khalifa campaign enabled companies, entities and the public to purchase lights of Burj Khalifa at Dhs10 each. In turn, a meal or food parcel would be donated for every light purchased to low-income individuals and families in the UAE.

In the first 24 hours of the campaign’s launch, 180,000 donations were recorded.

Read: Watch: Burj Khalifa lights up as contributions pour in for world’s tallest donation box

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched the 10 million meals campaign in April to donate meals during the month of Ramadan.

Within the first week of its launch, the campaign exceeded its target and provided over 11 million meals.

Read: Sheikh Mohammed announces 10 million Ramadan meals; UAE’s biggest-ever community programme

That campaign is still active though. There are multiple ways for people to donate to it.

Donors can make an online payment on the website to donate a specific quantity of meals. These are in slabs of 10 meals (Dhs80), 25 meals (Dhs200), 50 meals (Dhs400), 100 meals (Dhs800), 150 meals (Dhs1,200) or they can specify the quantity of meals and the amount they wish to donate.

Alternatively, Etisalat and du subscribers can make SMS donations by sending an SMS with “Meals” to 1034 (to donate one meal priced at Dhs8), 1035 (to donate five meals priced at Dhs40), 1036 (to donate ten meals priced at Dhs80), 1037 (to donate 20 meals priced at Dhs160) and 1038 (to donate 50 meals priced at Dhs500).

There is even a provision to make in-kind donations to donate food supplies and parcels by contacting the campaign’s toll-free number 800 4006.

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