x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Tales worth telling

Wives of diplomats in the UAE are striving to prove their worth to the community.

Any thought that the wives of diplomats fill their lives only with afternoon teas, parties and shopping excursions has been appropriately and definitively put to rest thanks to the commendable charitable activities of an organisation based in Abu Dhabi.

The Diplomatic Group for Spouses of Ambassadors has donated Dh104,000 to a very worthy cause in the Emirates, with Dh84,000 of that coming from sales of an illustrated children's book, On the Wings of a Tale, comprising folk stories from 24 countries. The contents range from the classic Danish fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes to an Inuit fable from Canada, and The Ghaf Tree, an Emirati story written by Al Ain 9th grader Fakhera Khalifah.

The collection of stories gathered from different cultures and belief systems is in many ways a mirror of the UAE: it is compelling precisely because of its diversity, not in spite of it.

The diplomats' spouses support a different cause each year. On this occasion, the recipient is the Al Ain Centre for Care and Rehabilitation, which enriches the lives of children with special needs. By sharing their stories, the initiators, authors and illustrators of On the Wings of a Tale have also enriched the lives of everyone who reads their book.