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Everything to Know About the 11th Ataya Exhibition Supporting Refugees in Need

1309 Studios. Photo: Courtesy

After last year’s virtual edition, the annual Ataya exhibition returned on February 28 under the patronage of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF). Its 11th edition this year was inaugurated by Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State.

Ataya (meaning ‘giving’ in Arabic) is an exhibition for charity organized by ERC under the patronage of HH Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) for Women Affairs, Chairperson of the Higher Committee of the Ataya Initiative, and the wife of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region.

The inauguration of the Ataya exhibition. Photo: Courtesy

Open to visitors till March 4 at the Jiu Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi, the exhibition seeks to aid 2,000 refugee families in Jordan and Iraq, provide education and advance their digital skills, and set foundations for productive projects on agriculture and livestock in rural areas. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors from a total of 13 supporting countries, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Germany, India, Brazil, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Indonesia, the exhibition gathers its proceeds through jewelry, home appliances and furniture, and clothing. The proceeds will then be donated towards the charitable cause of empowering and supporting refugees.

Some of the participating designers and brands this year include Sarah’s Bag, 1309 Studios, Musée Poudre, Anita Dongre, Bokja Design, and Orchard Moon, which will be launching a line of abayas at the exhibition.

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