Florence, Italy, gives Sheikha Fatima the key to the city in honor of her humanitarian efforts

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak:

  • We express our gratitude and pride for this gift and for giving us the keys to beautiful Florence
  • A gift that reflects the depth and consolidation of Emirati-Italian relations with the support of the leaderships of the two countries
  • A broad and comprehensive role for the city of Florence in promoting the values ​​of peace, tolerance and coexistence
  • The people of Florence embody the honorable heritage that culminates in a career full of achievements
  • Al Reem Al Falasi offers a tapestry as a souvenir to the municipality of Florence
  • Alicia Bettini: We appreciate the humanitarian role of Sheikha Fatima and respect the values ​​of her initiatives

Alicia Pettiini, Deputy Mayor of Florence, Italy, presented the city key to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, in honor of Her Highness for her great humanitarian efforts.

This gift also comes in honor of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, for her generous donation for the benefit of dozens of elderly people infected with the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) who are receiving treatment at the Montdomeni Foundation for the Care of the Elderly in Florence, Italy. The inauguration of a thank you plaque for Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, in the presence of Deputy Mayor Alicia Pettini, Luigi Baccuzzi, Head of the Volunteer Service Center “Cesvot”, and Emanuela Pellicano, Director General of Monte Domini Foundation, to express their appreciation and to express gratitude for Her Highness’s generous gift to the Foundation.

On behalf of Her Highness, Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, received the key of the city of Florence during the ceremony held on this occasion, last night, Thursday, at the historic Palazzo Vecchio in Florence , in the presence of Alicia Bertini, Deputy Mayor of Florence.

The handover ceremony was also attended by “Ambassador Cristiano Magipiento, Diplomatic Advisor to the Mayor of Florence, Sarah Fusaro, Advisor for Social Welfare to the Mayor, Raffaele Caluso, Advisor at the Department of Political and Security Affairs of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Interior Collaboration, Luigi Pacuzzi, President of the Montedomeni Foundation, and Mavalda Savoy. , President of the Italian Arab Women’s Association, and Randa Eid, Secretary General of the Italian Arab Women’s Association.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, in a speech delivered on behalf of Her Highness Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi, said: We express our gratitude and pride for this gift and that we have been given the keys to the beautiful city of Florence, which the depth and consolidation of the Emirati-Italian relations which are witnessing continuous development, with the support and care of the leaderships of the two friendly countries. In order to achieve the aspirations of their people and push the process of sustainable development towards further progress and prosperity. .

Her Highness emphasized the broad and comprehensive role of the city of Florence in promoting the values ​​of peace, tolerance, coexistence and human solidarity, which are all well-established principles in UAE society and form the core of the country’s march for the next fifty years, contributing to the achievement of global stability and prosperity.

Her Highness pointed to the history of Florence, which is proud to be the home of the golden age of Florentine art, and the houses of Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, the birthplace and resting place of the Medici family, and decorated with seen the glories during her reign.

She emphasized that the people of Florence embody the honorable heritage that culminates in a historical march full of civilizational achievements, and their contribution is visible around the world, which her highness expresses with great appreciation and pride by giving her the key to the city.

Her Highness said: The archives of your great city, housed in the Museum of Treasures in the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and in the “Silver Museum” in the Pitti Palace, contain tangible evidence of the ancient history that Florence and the Arab Gulf unites states, including the correspondence known as “Cartgio della Signoria”, which It includes records of the city’s international relations spanning 700 years, including its relationship with the Arab Gulf states, reflecting the rooted history that unites us.

Her Highness expressed her aspirations to strengthen the historical ties that unite our two countries, saying that the people of the Emirates played a role through the pearl trade in the prosperity of the Renaissance that the world sees embodied here in Florence.

Her Highness added: We thank the UAE Embassy in Italy, represented by Omar Obaid Mohammed Al-Hussan Al Shamsi, the country’s Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and the Office of the Mayor of Florence, for their continued cooperation in building relations strengthen and their development.

Her Highness also expressed her gratitude and appreciation to Randa Eid, Secretary General of the Italian Arab Women’s Association, and Luigi Baccuzzi, President of the Montedomeni ISP Foundation in Florence, for their tireless efforts to support Her Highness’s efforts for peace in Montedomeni promote, help achieve. .ISP” through his generous donation during the “Covid-19” pandemic, at a time when these contributions were critical in advancing efforts to alleviate the hardship experienced by the community in Montedomeni.

On this occasion, Al Reem bint Abdullah Al Falasi presented a souvenir gift to the municipality of Florence, which is a tapestry from the collection of designs for the Fatima bint Mohammed bin Zayed project, on the occasion of the fiftieth National Day of the United States . Arab Emirates, and designed by Emirati artist Mariam Taher, where This carpet is woven by skilled Afghans in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The design is inspired by the development of the United Arab Emirates over time with the camel, a symbol of the past, representing travel, wealth, resilience, hope and prosperity. Because the camel is one of the Arab creatures that made life easier for the Emiratis in the past. Where the camel was and still is a great source of support for our ancestors, and they represent the Emirate journey, which witnessed an incredible development of identity. The repetition and transparency of beauty slogans emphasize the importance of recognizing the historical beginnings of the Emirates, while allowing adaptation to modern concepts. As the icon rises, it becomes more solid and opaque, which is how we want to visualize our future expansion.

For his part, the country’s ambassador to Italy said: It is a great opportunity to witness today the handing over of the keys of the ancient Italian city of Florence to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, “Mother of the Emirates”, out of appreciation of Her Highness’s continued efforts to raise the level of women, empowerment and leadership, in addition to Her Highness’s numerous humanitarian and charitable contributions. Around the world, and Her Highness’s pioneering role in serving the issues of motherhood, childhood, the elderly, refugees, charity, humanitarian, cultural and social work, and in recognition of the generous initiatives and contributions she launched during the period of the “Covid-19” pandemic in Italy, and especially the city of Florence, in solidarity with the kind Italian people, who today bear witness to the achievements of the pioneer of women’s work, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, and write in golden letters this deserved honor in the history record that has deep roots between the two friendly countries.

In turn, Alicia Bettini said: This honor comes as an expression of our appreciation for the ongoing humanitarian role of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, and out of respect for the values ​​that are the source of her generous initiatives, and encouraged her . to establish many humanitarian and cultural associations and institutions to defend women’s rights and promote opportunities for their prosperity and to support the younger generations, both local and international levels.

For his part, Luigi Bacozzi praised the generous support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, her response to the campaign activities and her solidarity with the conditions of elderly patients, saying: We are very grateful for this humanitarian gesture of Her Highness to support the Foundation’s efforts to the health crisis caused by the outbreak of the virus. Covid-19″ among the institution’s elderly inmates, noting that the initiative has contributed to alleviate the suffering of others, and in times of adversity, people gather and unite hearts on the path of giving and providing help to the weak.

The Arab and Italian Women’s Association (AIWA) and the municipality of Florence have launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of providing basic needs, medical supplies and health protective equipment to care for Covid-19 patients, alleviate their suffering and their conditions to improve, such as the generous donation made by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, A great resonance, and was appreciated and directed by senior officials in Italy.


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