x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE-funded mosque and hospital in Kazakhstan inaugurated

A newly built mosque and hospital have been officially inaugurated in Kazakhstan by Dr Hadef Bin Jouan Al Dhaheri, the UAE minister of justice.

Dr Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhaheri, the UAE minister of justice, opens a mosque in the Shymkent area in Kazakhstan. Courtesy Wam
Dr Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhaheri, the UAE minister of justice, opens a mosque in the Shymkent area in Kazakhstan. Courtesy Wam

A mosque and hospital have been officially inaugurated in Kazakhstan by Dr Hadef Al Dhaheri, the Minister of Justice.

The buildings, in Shymkent, were funded by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation as part of a Dh200 million project in the region, said the state news agency Wam.

The 8,000-square-metre mosque took three years to build and cost Dh45m, while the Dh110m hospital is believed to be the largest specialised maternity hospital in the country.

A delegation from the UAE attended the opening, including Dr Hamdan Al Mazrouei, chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments;  Suhail Al Ketbi, UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan; and Mohammed Al Khouri, director general of the Khalifa Foundation.

“This aid reaches nations struck by natural disasters, armed conflicts, and those countries striving to develop their economy and meet their people’s needs,” Dr Al Dhaheri said.

“This has always been the UAE’s humanitarian stance since its foundation, with all countries, regardless of gender, creed or race.”

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