Dubai’s ruler stops off at expo stand of Afghan products

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Wednesday visited a stand, at this year’s World Government Summit, that showcased products sourced from farmers in Afghanistan who benefit from Mira, a UAE initiative.

Attending the summit, which brought thought leaders, global experts and decision-makers from around the globe together to share and contribute to the ethos of shaping future governments, the Dubai ruler paid particular interest to the Afghan products, especially the nuts.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, also visited Mira’s stand at the event.

Mira, the social enterprise of a UAE-based humanitarian organization, the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI), showcased Afghanistan products across the three-day summit that was held from Feb.13-15 in Dubai.

Launched over a decade ago, Mira represents independent farmers from across Afghanistan, united under a shared vision of growing organic fruits, nuts and saffron without using harsh chemicals or preservatives.

To date, many farmers have benefited from the initiative, and their products have reached consumers worldwide. This has brought better living conditions to them, and their families and communities. With agriculture being an integral part of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, Mira encourages traditional techniques and provides farmers with vocational training.

Bringing renewed hope to people affected by crippling poverty and unemployment, especially women, the Initiative, has been at the forefront of bringing sustainable sources of income, education, social development, medical care and clean water to over 1,000,000 needy Afghans over more than a decade.