•July 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment
PAD holds Iftar, medical camp for workers
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 20, 2014
DUBAI: A number of doctors and paramedical staff from various Dubai-based hospitals under the banner of the Medical Wing of Pakistan Association Dubai arranged a health awareness programme and Iftar-dinner at a labour camp in Dubai on Friday evening.
Over 250 labourers benefited from the health awareness event held at their camp in Labor Village-1, Jebel Ali.
During the event, the labourers were provided free medical checkups including blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). Free medical consultations were given by specialists from all disciplines, including dermatologists, orthopaedics, gastroenterologists, family physicians, diabetologists and cardiologists.
The doctors and paramedics who participated in the event were from Mediclinic City Hospital, The American Hospital, Northwest Clinic, NMC Hospital, Al Abrah Clinic and RAK College of Dentistry.
A lecture session on hypertension, diabetes, dental and oral hygiene and hand washing helped create awareness about common health issues faced by labourers. Dr Raza Aftab presented a lecture on diabetes and hypertension – symptoms and how to avoid complications. Special emphasis was laid on diabetes and Ramadan. Dr Aftab also presented hand-washing techniques while Dr Jodat Askari delivered a lecture on oral hygiene.
Dr Faisel Ikram, general secretary PAD, welcomed the guests including Dr Omar Al Muthana, CEO Community Development Authority, Saleh Al Mazmi, head of licensing, Saeed Al Muhairi, head of inspection, Palani Babu, Head of social club and facility, Haroon Malik, commercial welfare attaché at Pakistan Consulate along with officials of DuFreeze LLC. Dr Omar Al Muthanna was the chief guest.
Dr Faisel briefed the gathering on the activities and said that Saturday’s event marks Zayed Humanitarian Day and reflects the spirit of Ramadan.” He appreciated the role of CDA and its support towards these activities.
Dr Omar Al Muthana appreciated the role of Pakistan Association Dubai in achieving the objectives of CDA and praised the initiative taken by the community organisation.
Haroon Malik lauded PAD for organising a health awareness camp for the labourers in this Holy Month of Ramadan.
Dr Zia ul Hasan, president PAD, Dr Nighat Aftab, president Medical Wing of PAD, Dr Aamerah Shah, general secretary of medical wing, and Maqbool Islam, social and legal secretary of PAD were also present.
Later, the guests toured the various health stations and appreciated the role of partner hospitals and clinics.
More than 40 doctors and paramedics including 50 volunteers participated in the activity.
•July 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Cooking, talent contests to be held at Ramadan Night Market
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 16, 2014
DUBAI: The 11-day long Ramadan Night Market starting at the Dubai World Trade Centre this week will have a variety of evening attractions besides shopping opportunities. The Arabian Resources, a prominent event management company, announced a wide range of family-oriented events with competitions including culinary, talent and personal grooming to be held at a dedicated area besides the Ramadan Market.
Dr S.M. Tahir from the Arabian Resources told The Gulf Today that this year they have partnered with the Sumansa Exhibition, the organiser of the Ramadan Night Market to be held at Zabeel Hall of World Trade Centre. “With the support of our sponsor partners we are planning to organise a series of family-oriented activities ‘Taste of Ramadan’ to provide a healthy time especially to the women to take full part in these activities. Besides taking part in different activities, the contestants will be able to get prizes to win in cooking competitions and other such activities throughout the event,” he added.
During the 11-day event, there will be live cooking shows, talent shows and beauty and health demonstrations, as well as various competitions and entertainment for the audience. All participants and visitors will have a chance to benefit from winning prizes and special offers apart from free samplings and giveaways by sponsors.
Many leading electronic firms are participating in the capacity of diamond sponsors and will award home appliances to the winners.
At the Panasonic stand, visitors can experience a live cooking station by celebrity chef Akshay Nayyar, Executive Chef at Signature Melia Dubai restaurants. Other sponsors at the show will also organise a series of styling sessions with expert hairstylists throughout the event.
In addition, customers can enjoy amazing offers on a variety of home and beauty appliances accompanied by gift vouchers worth as high as Dhs150.
Besides this, participants would also be given a chance to participate in some exciting and enticing competitions that guarantee a reward for sure. Nayyar will also judge the cooking competition on July 26, titled ‘Panasonic Cooking Star 2014’.
•July 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Scholars ask faithful to follow the true path of Islam
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 13, 2014
DUBAI: Muslims around the world get rid of their problems by adopting the teachings of Islam as described by the Almighty Allah and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Practising Islam even less or more is not allowed and this is one of the major reasons why Muslims are divided into many groups.
These were the remarks of two prominent Islamic scholars, Sheikh Dr Wasiullah Abbas and Sheikh Zafar-ul-Hasan while delivering a lecture in Urdu on “Islam and Moderation” at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday as part of the 13th edition of Ramazan Forum.
“Islam and moderation actually are the same as our religion asks us to fully adopt the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) while practising less or more will be the cause of many evils and result in the division of many groups among the Ummah in the world,” said Sheikh Dr Wasiullah Abbas.
He pointed that many believers incorporated new things even in their basic faith which is not the right thing to do. He pointed that it is the teaching of Islam to be moderate in every phase of life wherever we are. “Whether we are practising Islam in our daily lives or fulfilling our social necessities, we have to be moderate which is the true teaching of Islam and this not only brings happiness in our lives but also creates a better society around us,” he added.
He appreciated the efforts of the Dubai government and the organisers to hold the Ramadan Forum where scholars from different parts of the world congregate and deliver lectures on various topics in various languages. He also urged the people to participate in sessions like these where they could learn the religion through qualified scholars.
Shedding light on various social evils in the Muslim society, he exhorted the believers to understand the religion properly so that they would not become the target of non-believers who are always trying to misguide Muslims through their vicious tactics.
Sheikh Abbas, during his lecture, pointed the different phases of Islam since its advent and the conspiracies of non-believers to divide the Muslim Ummah.
However, Sheikh Zafar-ul-Hasan said that practicising Islam on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the only way to real success. “Whatever we were told by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the only solution to be on the right path. If we start adopting new things in religion then it will cause more harm rather than peace,” he said.
He said that the Holy Quran and Islam are here to teach us the moderation not only in fulfilling our religious obligations but in our whole life and it is the only thing which will keep Muslim Ummah on the right path.
The 13th annual Ramadan Forum has been organised by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. The 12-day forum will run until July 14, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), offering an enhanced and bigger agenda of activities and events this year including educational programmes, training workshops and more.
•July 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment
PAD distributes food among families to mark the Holy Month
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 09, 2014
DUBAI: The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), in collaboration with community support, has started the distribution of charity food packages among deserving families and vowed to support around 750 families in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
In a ceremony held at the association’s premises on Monday evening, a group of families were handed over the vouchers so that they could collect the allocated food package from the Lulu Hypermarket in Sharjah, Al Wahda branch at their own convenience.
Bushra Al Rahoomi, CEO of Al Jalila Culture Centre for Children, Dubai was the chief guest and Javed Jalil Khattak, Consul General of Pakistan, was the guest of honour while members and supporters of the association were also present on the occasion.
Last year, about 500 Ramadan food packages were distributed and this year the deserving families will get their vouchers at the PAD office while the volunteers are also planning to send food packages to the doorsteps of those who are not planning to visit the association.
“The packages have almost all the necessary food items for an average family for about a month. I’m very thankful for the community in donating and their support,” Dr Faisel said.
The PAD asked the deserving families to register themselves at their office so they could issue them the coupons and the deserving families were treated accordingly.
Ikram pointed that besides distributing the free food packages to deserving families, the association was also working to get a number of prisoners from Dubai jail released, waiting for someone to pay their minor fines so that they could join their families on the occasion of Eid. Last year, the association got freed 13 prisoners by paying their fines and also arranged air tickets for them to join their families in Pakistan.
“PAD will also conduct a health awareness event at one of the labour camps to provide basic health checkup facilities and Iftar food,” he added.
He also said that PAD’s efforts were in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and his message for Ramadan as a month of sharing and fulfilling social responsibility.
Bushra Al Rahoomi said, “I would like to thank PAD, this reflects the spirit of Ramadan – giving and sharing with others. Pakistan and the UAE have been brothers for ages. Helping and supporting each other in Ramadan is a great service of humanity,” she added.
Javaid Jalil Khattak appreciated PAD for organising such activities and praised that PAD had always been at the forefront in taking necessary steps for the Pakistani community in the UAE. He highlighted the Consulate’s contribution in such activities and desire to join hands with PAD for prisoners’ release and in the education sector.
Later, Bushra Al Rahoomi handed out the food coupons to the needy families.
Tahir Zaidi, joint secretary, thanked the guests for attending the ceremony.
•July 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Hotel organises Iftar for old people’s home
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 08, 2014
SHARJAH: For the second consecutive year, inhabitants of Old People House in Sharjah have been enjoying the free Iftar sponsored by the Centro Sharjah hotel as part of its annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.
The charity Iftar was organised with the aim of celebrating the true essence of the Holy Month of Ramadan as the hotel hosts around 100 persons for an Iftar feast in the centre on Sunday.
The centre, Old People House in Sharjah operating under the Social Services Department of Sharjah Government, established in 1986, has been supporting and assisting the old people from Sharjah aged 60 and above. The government of Sharjah provides them their basic necessities, from food, clothing to shelter, medical attention and medicines.
Currently the centre has around 40 senior citizens. The supporting staff at the centre provides all the facilities round the clock.
The hotel management headed by Maan Cheikh Hussain, Centro Sharjah Front Office Manager and heads of different departments were also present on the occasion.
Maan Cheikh Hussain said as the word Ramadan conveys, it’s the time of year where everyone focuses on charity, forgiving, and praying. “As part of our CSR activities we are organising various gatherings for the different segments of the society. Through this charity Iftar, we are providing a wonderful opportunity to share this remarkable moment to individuals that truly value Ramadan,” he added.
Mansour Mohammed Haji told The Gulf Today said that the centre has been receiving support from individuals as well as corporate sectors who are providing food and other necessary items for the old people permanently residing in the centre.
“The Sharjah Government is fully providing all the facilities including medical and rehabilitation. With the help of supporting staff, the senior citizens in the centre are leading a quality life in the presence of all the necessary facilities from rehabilitation to medical while every week a group is taken for outdoor activities like sight seeing,” he said.
For the past three years, the hotel has been active with several community services and supporting non-government organisations. The hotel’s initiative confirmed the commitment of Centro Sharjah to its core values of respect and integrity demonstrated by giving back to the community.
The management and a group of elderly people of the centre expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the support and for choosing them to celebrate Iftar.
•June 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Pak artist showcases work in Dubai
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, June 27, 2014
DUBAI: The month-long painting exhibition of the artworks by a prominent Pakistani artist Khusro Subzwari, has started in Dubai in connection with the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The “Flight to Enlightenment” exhibition is a collection of artworks dwelling on the philosophy of Mevlana Rumi’s poetry, on which Subzwari has worked for the past three years.
The exhibition was opened by Jimmy Engineer, one of the country’s well known social workers and artists, at the Z Gallery at the Four Points by Sheraton in Dubai on Wednesday evening.
Subzwari, who had worked in different forms and styles like landscapes, cityscapes, abstract and others, has put his deep feelings on canvas to represent Mevlana Rumi’s poetry. He has showcased his paintings in different cities of Pakistan and also participated in various international exhibitions in Istanbul, London and the UAE. He has also exhibited and represented Pakistan at the International Art Fair in Lugano, Switzerland, in November 2012.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Subzwari told that he started painting the whirling dervishes since he visited Turkey while attending his solo exhibition. “During the stay in Istanbul, I witnessed dervishes in different parts of the city while attending “samaa” sessions and their movements on the Rumi’s poetry in trances mesmerised me and gripped my attention wholly. For the past three years, I have been painting and so far have painted over 500 paintings based on different verses of Rumi poetry. Many of the paintings are now in private collection of art lovers,” he said.
He is exhibiting his paintings “Flight to Enlightenment” based on the mystic dances by dervishes, which was at the request of the hotel that has organised the exhibition related to the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The organisers have decorated the whole gallery with 37 paintings by the artist and offer visitors a chance to enjoy a different form of art during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Jimmy Engineer, a prominent social worker and artist, opened the exhibition in the presence of a number of art lovers. He told The Gulf Today that the theme selected by Subzwari was not only fascinating but also gave the viewers a chance to join him in the spiritual journey through his paintings. “Each painting is great, with the balance of colour appropriate theme and most of them reflecting the philosophy of Rumi.
“Dubai with the passage of time has evolved as a great destination for artists and the multinational audience who for sure will like these paintings,” he said.
The exhibition will run till mid-August at the Z Gallery at Four Points by Sheraton in Dubai.
•June 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Dates get attention ahead of Ramadan
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, June 26, 2014
SHARJAH: Muhammad Anwar was one of many shopkeepers at the newly established stalls selling dates. They are out to get a head start on the increasing number of customers for the fast approaching Holy Month of Ramadan.
Like every year, Sharjah Municipality has set up additional stalls to cater for the needs of customers visiting for the fresh vegetable market situated next to the bus station in Rolla. Generally, the shops dealing in fresh produce in the market also sell a large variety of dates imported from Saudi Arabia and Oman besides the dozens of local varieties.
But ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the municipality has been putting up a whole row of new shaded stalls outside the vegetable market with easy access parking spaces for those who wish to buy dates.
“Currently there are 30 stalls, but only a few are vacant, and all deal in dates. So far, business is good, and every day — especially in the evenings — we cater for a huge number of customers who bought dates for the whole month,” said Anwar who has been in the market for many years.
According to the shopkeepers, the stalls will be set up till October. The different varieties of local dates will have arrived for customers who are fond of them. It is worth mentioning that the dates are naturally preserved, and the stock could last long enough if kept in a dry place, as many families only buy a batch once for the entire month.
“During summers, many people avoid going to the market because of the scorching heat. People come in the evening and early in the morning to buy dates, as it is the only major market in the Sharjah that provides a huge range of dates imported from Saudi Arabia and Oman along with the local varieties in the UAE,” Sidique said.
It has became a common practice for Muslims in Ramadan to break their day-long fast with fresh fruits and other varieties of delicious dishes; but one item that is a must is dates. Dates have been proven highly effective in providing energy after the fast, and everyone likes to have at least one variety of dates on the dining table.
As compared to the last few years, the prices of different varieties of dates are almost the same and can be bargained down if a person is looking to buy in large quantities. The market is full of varieties and the rates for one kilogramme are as follows: for Sultana dates, (Dhs25), Safawi (Dhs30-Dhs40), Safri (Dhs25), Khalas (Dhs15), Khizri (Dhs25), Saghai (Dhs25-Dhs30), Nafal (Dhs15), Khaneezi (Dhs25-Dhs30), Dakhori (Dhs30), among many others.
Some of the stalls selling dates also offer a variety of jars with dates syrup extracted from Khalas dates. A jar of 400g is being sold for Dhs10.
“There are families who use this syrup for their breakfast,” one of the shopkeepers stated.