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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Four new Fujairah majlises offer place to exchange ideas and help communities

Four majlises have been opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, in Al Siji, Habhab, Wadi Seder and Awhala to serve everyone in the community.
Obeid Al Teniji, 37, said the new majlises were great because they are a place where different generations can meet, share expertise and talk about traditions. Pawan Singh / The National
Obeid Al Teniji, 37, said the new majlises were great because they are a place where different generations can meet, share expertise and talk about traditions. Pawan Singh / The National

FUJAIRAH // Those in remote areas of Fujairah now have places to gather, exchange ideas and launch projects to develop their areas.

Four majlises have been opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, in Al Siji, Habhab, Wadi Seder and Awhala to serve everyone in the community.

The four majlises are being managed and supervised by Fujairah Foundation for Region Development and each has a kitchen, toilets, two storage rooms and a majlis that can fit up to 30 people.

They have ballrooms with capacity for 400 people for celebrations, social activities and funerals. Residents can book the ballrooms for reasonable prices and for free in some cases, for a social event or group wedding.

The general supervisor of the majlises, which opened last month, said these venues were for everyone.

“People’s happiness, social cohesion and community development are part of our leader’s vision and desires, and establishing majlises in remote areas will help in achieving this goal,” Abdullah Al Hamoor said.

“The ballroom can accommodate about 400 guests and it’s suitable for wedding ceremonies, other celebrations and funerals. The majlis is open every day from 8.30am to 10pm, and we serve coffee, tea, dates and water.

“Residents visit the majlis on a daily basis. They enjoy each other’s company and they chat, share thoughts and ideas, address their issues and exchange experience.”

Residents of Al Siji welcomed the majlis in the area.

“The majlis has created a kind of harmony between us and made us more united; it’s a great idea and we are so thankful to our wise leader and Ruler of our emirate, Sheikh Hamad, for launching such an initiative,” said Obeid Al Teniji, 37.

“We gather from different generations, share our expertise and take advice from the elders, talk about traditions, life challenges and how to take part in the area’s development.”

Al Siji lacks a football field, public park, street lights and a pharmacy, and the majlis gave residents the chance to address the issues with the foundation.

“This initiative made us feel proud of our leader and placed us on the right track to help improve the area and raise our issues to the authorities,” said Abdullah Al Zahmi, 40.

“I visit the majlis every weekend and we spend hours talking and sharing ideas and concerns.”

Mr Al Hamoor said the foundation had already begun working on a development plan for Al Siji after receiving residents’ suggestions, and contacted the municipality about building a football pitch.

“Public satisfaction is our main goal,” he said.

rhaza@thenational.ae