In pictures: Getting in the food supplies for Ramadan
July 8, 2013
Emiratis in the capital queued up yesterday to collect subsidised food supplies for Ramadan from the civic body.
Some items have been made cheaper than usual for Ramadan, such as water and rice.
The municipality provides subsidised food to Emiratis in Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi-based Emirati families who live in other Emirates throughout the year. There are nearly 45,000 municipality card holders in the capital, excluding Al Ain and the Western Regi???
There were over 110,000 food transactions made through Abu Dhabi Municipality during the first five months of this year. The body distributed 154,000 bags of basmati rice, 200,000 bottles of Al Ain water and 130,000 cartons of juice.
The body introduced a digital system in 2011 that allows citizens to purchase subsidised items using a machine, rather than through a customer service agent. The machine reads a bar code from the municipality card and then lists how many items the cardhol???
“Our strategy is to keep the same prices all year,” said Saif Yahia Al Rumaithi, head of foodstuffs distribution centres in Abu Dhabi. “Three or five years in the future, the prices will still be the same. It doesn’t matter whether prices are high???
Although the municipality can only cater to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western region at present, plans are in place to set up distribution centres across the UAE after President Sheikh Khalifa ordered the expansion of the programme last year.
The municipality recently announced it would add Arabian coffee, milk, salt, cardamom seeds, tea bags and loose tea to its list of subsidised foodstuff. This brings the total number of subsidised commodities available to 31, on a list including water, jui???
To claim the subsidies, citizens must apply for a municipality card, providing their family books and other relevant documents, such as rent contracts and school enrolment certificates. Cardholders can then purchase food from any of Abu Dhabi’s 13 munic???
The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation will be responsible for expanding the programme.