UAE charity to sponsor air tickets of freed prisoners

September 16th, 2008 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 16 (IANS) Inmates in various United Arab Emirates (UAE) jails, who have finished their terms and are waiting to be deported back to their respective countries, can now fly home for free.The UAE’s leading charity, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Charity Foundation, has announced it would sponsor the air tickets of the prisoners who are to be deported after serving their terms at various prisons, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Zayed Foundation executive director Haji Al Khouri said this move would enable those with no resources to join their families back home and celebrate the holy festival of Eid with them.

He said people of various nationalities would benefit from this initiative, which was among various charity works carried out by the foundation to mark the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

A large number of prisoners, both nationals and expatriates, were granted pardon by the rulers of various emirates in the UAE to mark Ramadan.

Founded in 1992 and named after the UAE’s founding father, the Zayed Foundation has a diversified operational field and contributes to all types of charity in coordination with national and international organisations, in order to promote the presence of the UAE on all international charitable and humanitarian boards.

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