Emirates Post celebrated World Post Day by felicitating the UAE winners and participants in the annual international letter-writing, as part of the worldwide celebrations to mark the 137th anniversary of the founding of Universal Postal Union (UPU).
The celebrations were held at the Dubai Police Officers’ Club in association with the Ministry of Education and the Writers’ Association. Dubai Municipality participated by presenting a lecture on environment by Mr. Midhat Ali Sharif, agriculture expert, which was the theme of this year’s UPU letter-writing competition.
Mr. Ibrahim Bin Karam, Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Post Group, said: “The World Post Day is a major event on the annual postal calendar. The UPU has played a pivotal role in international postal affairs, formulating laws to ensure streamlined postal operations and fostering financial and cultural links between member countries.”
Mr. Abdulla Mohamed Alashram, CEO of Emirates Post, said: “The World Post Day is a reminder that the Posts continue to play an important role in linking the world through a network of post offices. At Emirates Post, we are proud that our postal network is growing every year and we keep adding new services for the benefit of the community and companies.”
The message of Mr. Edouard Dayan, Director General of UPU, was read out by Mr. Ibrahim Bin Karan, which Mr. Dayan said: “Today, of all the billions of letters processed and delivered by Posts throughout the world each year, it is estimated that more than 80% come from businesses, associations or government entities. Personal letters account for 5 to 11% of mail volumes. Meanwhile, parcels are on the rise, as Posts have taken advantage of the growing popularity of e-commerce to become the preferred distributors of those who buy and sell over the Internet.”
“Postal financial services are also a popular postal product, and an ever increasing number of Posts throughout the world are focusing on this business sector. Postal financial institutions hold more than 1 billion of the estimated 5.18 billion current and savings accounts in the worldwide retail banking market,” Mr. Dayan added in his message.
The function concluded with distribution of prizes and certificates to the winners and participants of the 40th UPU International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People on the topic “Imagine you are tree living in a forest. Write a letter to someone to explain why it is important to protect forests”.
Mizoon Saeed Al Tunaiji, a student of Al Burdi School for Girls, Sharjah, was presented with the first prize in the UAE-level competition. The other winners from Arabic schools were Ameera Jamal Abdullatif Mohammed (Sumaya Bint Khayat School, Ajman), Meera Ali Hamdan Ahmed Obeid (Lubaba Bint Al Hares School, Fujairah), Mohammed Abdullah Al Ajjaal (Ibn Al Kayim School, Ras Al Khaimah), Yasser Ahmed Adullah Abdulrahim (Al Sharjah Al Namudajiya, Sharjah), Salman Mohamed Ibrahim (Fujairah Islamic Academy), Noor Mohammed Yusuf Dhahruj (Somaya Bint Khayyat School, Ajman), Maryam Abdullah Hassan Abdulla (M’raishid School, Fujairah), Nouf Salem Obeid Al Kaabi (Somaya Bint Khayyat School, Ajman), Minnatullah Mohammad Ibrahim (Um Al Quwain School).
From the English schools, the winners were Taher Iftikhar Kathawala (Dubai Gems School, Dubai), Hessa Ali Mohamed (Alger School, Ras Al Khaimah) and Fatma Salem Rashid (Masafi School, Fujairah).