Khalifa Mosque, Hospital opened in Kazakhstan

June 03. WAM

Khalifa Mosque, Hospital opened in KazakhstanDr. Hadif bin Jowan Al Dhahiri, UAE Minister of Justice, has inaugurated the new Shaikh Khalifa Mosque in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

The mosque was funded by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and constructed through the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF). The construction  comes as a part of a number of Emirati projects in Shymkent, valued at Dh200 million.

Al Dhahiri affirmed in a speech given at the ceremony, on Sunday, that the UAE, under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa, has always extended a helping hand to those in need whether inside the UAE or abroad. This aid reaches nations struck by natural disasters, armed conflicts, and those countries striving to develop their economy and meet their people’s needs. This has always been the UAE’s humanitarian stance since its foundation, with all countries, regardless of gender, creed or race.

The Minister stated that the mosque was built on an area of 8,000sqm and also has a prayer space for women with an area of 270sqm. Construction took three years, and cost approximately Dh45 million.

A high-level delegation from the UAE was in attendance, including Dr Hamdan bin Musallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments; Suhail Mattar Al Ketbi, UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan; and Mohammed Hajji Al Khouri, Director General of the Khalifa Foundation. Also present at the ceremony was Eskar Mosinov, Kazakh Ambassador to the UAE, along with a number of Kazakhstani and Emirati officials.

Dr Al Dhahiri also announced the completion of another Khalifa Foundation humanitarian project under the funding of Shaikh Khalifa, with the establishment of the Shaikh Khalifa Hospital in Shymkent, at a cost of over Dh110 million.

Dr. Al Dhahiri stated that the hospital is the biggest specialised maternity project in Kazakhstan to provide healthcare to mothers and children. It includes 12 intensive care beds, and eight beds for newborns.

The Khalifa Foundation also provided funding to fully equip the hospital with the latest medical tools and facilities, in a move that aims to increase health services provided to mothers, babies and children as well as lowering the costs for poor families.