Establishing a distinctive economic entity that adopts “Made in the UAE” with the effective participation of people of determination, has turned from a dream to reality through the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO), by setting up a cheese factory at the ZHO’s People of Determination Production Center in Al Bahia area, Abu Dhabi
The project helps empower students of professional disciplines in development projects in Abu Dhabi. It will be carried out by five national students with different disciplines at the Abu Dhabi Institute for Vocational Education and Training (ADVETI) and a trainer from ZHO’s teaching staff.
The process of establishing the factory was not easy. It took more than three years. It started with the establishment of a cheese manufacturing unit in ZHO, within the vocational and agricultural rehabilitation projects, by honing the skills of ZHO’s members in the manufacture of cheese and local products. At a later stage, cheese products of all kinds and yoghurt manufactured by members of determination of the rehabilitation workshops, were supplied to a number of tourism sector establishments upon their requests. This comes as part of ZHO’s efforts to expand the circle of their products to be among the contributors to Abu Dhabi’s economic development.
With the increased demand, confidence gained and the high quality of cheese products, came the next step by starting to meet external requests, followed by the launch of the Hemam Farms Platform, encouraging citizens to be self-employed, and the issuance of licenses for farms registering on the platform to supply milk to ZHO. With the growing desire to expand, came the idea of establishing a factory in support of national industries, opportunities and the future, making us boast it is a UAE-made project.
ZHO’s Secretary-General His Excellency Abdullah Al Humaidan expressed his extreme pleasure with the successful steps achieved, the realization of the dream of establishing the factory as an economic entity contributing to the empowerment of people of determination, and the translation of the wise leadership’s vision, to attract young Emirati cadres and provide them with supportive opportunities to carry out the project, setting an honorable example of the Emirati citizen. HE said, “We are proud that our project holds the slogan “Made in the UAE”, and that we can reach this level of work development, and proud of what our members provide in terms of effective participation as producers and participants in the renaissance of our dear Emirates”.
Al Humaidan stressed ZHO’s endless keenness to support and develop the capabilities of its children of determination to make them productive people in society with a core role in development, adding that it works to increase partnerships with the private sector, and encourages all institutions in all sectors to activate their role in empowering and rehabilitating people of determination, so that they have an indelible mark in society.
For his part, His Excellency Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), said, “We are pleased to cooperate with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, and to support its efforts in serving people of determination and enhancing their integration into society. We are very pleased with the establishment of a cheese factory run by ZHO’s members of determination, as we believe that people of determination have unique skills and capabilities that enhance productivity.
HE went on saying, “ZHO provides outstanding services for people of determination. We are pleased to be their partner in providing these services, as we are proud to support this excellent project by qualifying and training workers in the factory in food safety requirements. ADFCA’s specialized technicians will make periodic visits to the cheese factory to verify the application of food safety requirements and collect food samples to ensure that the products conform to the approved standards and specifications.
For his part, ADVETI’s Director, Dr. Abdul-Rahman Jassim Al Hammadi, said, “People of determination can keep pace with development and prepare for the future, and they have proven their readiness. ADVETI supports this project by pooling its students to take part in the construction, installation, and maintenance of the cheese factory”. The idea of ZHO-ADVETI cooperation is a translation of the leadership directives that all public and private sectors should cooperate through this type of projects, aiming to demonstrate the capabilities and skills of the people of determination to society, and support the UAE’s strategic initiatives and plans to empower national cadres.