'Listen First' strengthens community cohesion in Abu Dhabi

August 2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken the lead in introducing ‘Listen First’ in the Arab region.  The Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD) launched its ‘Listen First’ initiative on June 26, commemorating World Drug Day. The DCD actively works to create an inclusive and cohesive community and foster sustainable social development to improve the quality of life for the people of Abu Dhabi. In particular, they strive to build an active and responsible community that embraces children of all ages. Dr. Laila Al-Hayas, Executive Director of the Monitoring and Innovation Sector at DCD, highlights that in their view, family is society’s primary building block, and the role of family members is crucial for children’s positive growth and development.    Dr. Laila Al-Hayas also shared her views on ‘Listen First’ and how it ties in with the existing visions and goals of the DCD in Abu Dhabi. 

Read her interview here.

To learn more about ‘Listen First’ in UAE, click here.

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