In line with UAE’s announcement of 2017 being declared the Year of Giving, Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi, a multi-faceted Emirati, accomplished artist, successful entrepreneur and a committed philanthropist, has been contributing to the Year of Giving by consistently nurturing a culture of reading amongst patients at the Amana Healthcare Medical & Rehabilitation Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikha Hend pays weekly visits to the recently launched open library at Amana Healthcare, a specialized provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home transition and home care services in the United Arab Emirates, where she spends time reading and interacting with patients. Visitors are also encouraged to participate in these sessions as well as donate books and regularly visit those at the hospital.
“Reading can help expand a person’s imagination and improve their vocabulary – while getting absorbed in a world unique to their own. Though we regularly take our patients for outings to their liking across the country, such as arranging a swim with the dolphins at the Atlantis Hotel’s Aqua venture water park for our paediatric ventilated patients or taking our elderly patients to Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, our book clubs have opened a new outlet for our patients to connect through,” said Angela McNamee, Director of Clinical Operations, Abu Dhabi.
“In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the significance of reading, we welcome the use of our library and thank Sheikha Hind for promoting an encouraging environment to spread the culture of reading among patients,” McNamee added.