PAD: Chand Raat and Eid Mela

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

PAD holds activities for community

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 25, 2014

DUBAI: The Pakistani community residing in Dubai and the Northern Emirates is providing a number of opportunities during the Holy Month of Ramadan to spread the blessings in the less privileged segments of society.
The association throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan arranged various activities to engage the community in collecting funds to provide food packages among the deserving families, organising evenings to clean up a community mosque, free health awareness camps for blue-collar workers and aiding in the distribution of free Iftar in different labour camps.

Family Fair
A one-day fair was also planned to bring community members, especially families and children, to provide day-out facilities. The Chand Raat and Eid Mela event will be organised on July 25 (Friday) at the association’s premises in which retailers and individuals are planning to set up various stalls to provide shopping opportunities to the families and fun activities for the children.
The fair has stalls that offer ladies garments, fashion accessories, shoes, henna paintings and a food court for the visitors, while a dedicated corner with fun activities is sure to enthral young children.
The officials pointed out that the purpose of the fair is to provide an opportunity for housewives at the association to get together with other families, while fulfilling their shopping needs for Eid with a variety of goods from Pakistan.

Sporting events
The sports committee of the association has also arranged a football tournament in its premises. In one of its unique events, eight teams participated in the six-a-side teams played on knock-out based matches which began after midnight.
Youths participated in the event as well older people, giving them a healthy boost and encouraging them to participate in sports activities. “The response was very good, especially during Ramadan. Since the Football World Cup was on, we thought to keep the spirit of this game,” said Raja Asad Farooq, sports secretary PAD.
We had invited all community teams and it was good to see the participation of an Indian team in the tournament, he added.
The final tournament was won by FC Strikers. Pakistan Association Dubai announced that the winning and runnerup teams will be awarded trophies and medals in their upcoming event in August to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations. The tournament was attended by many PAD members.  

G4S Iftar @ Labour Camp

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Over 2,000 guests attend corporate Iftar

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 25, 2014

DUBAI: Blue-collar workers in different labour camps around Dubai have been getting attention throughout the year from corporate firms through their corporate social responsibility initiatives. This Ramadan, a number of corporate firms and non-government organisations had organised free medical camps as well as Iftar distributions.
Likewise, over 2,000 employees from various divisions of the business, clients and senior management members attended a grand Iftar hosted by G4S, a leading global integrated security company, as the event was held at G4S Jebel Ali accommodation-1 as its commitment to the community and culture of the UAE. JAMIL-Ramadan-Iftar-1
The Iftar meal was followed by mass viewing of a 6-a-side football match played by team members from different departments of the firm. Two giant screens were also installed at the accommodation to facilitate the labourers to enjoy the live FIFA matches from Brazil. The evening was perked up with a football match, Iftar meal and fun and games for the staff. It also included various prize opportunities, the CEO’s address as well as food and beverages that kept the guests entertained and energised till the wee hours of the morning.
David Stockton, CEO of G4S in the UAE, while addressing the audience said: “At G4S we value our staff, clients and business associates without whose support it would not be possible to be a leading world-class organisation. Ramadan is a month that reflects on sharing and caring. We were glad to take this opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season with people that are the force behind this organisation’s continued success in the UAE,” he added.
During the Holy Month, G4S has also partnered with UAE- Red Crescent Society for its nationwide Ramadan campaign by providing volunteers to serve food at four Iftar tents as well as ensuring their safety at different locations by stationing four guards at each tent and two lady guards at the adjoining mosque from 6pm to 8pm.

Campaign: The Price of Water

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Water campaign launched to support Syrian refugees

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 21, 2014

DUBAI: A new campaign to provide potable water for Syrian refugees in Jordan and other neighbouring countries has been launched in Dubai as the situation for millions of displaced Syrian population has worsened with every passing day.
At a press conference held at A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue Dubai, representatives of Mercy Corps, an NGO working in Jordan for refugees, partnered with Coca Cola, Red Crescent-UAE and others to launch the campaign to raise the funds.
The Mercy Corps and Red Crescent, working in partnership with the bottled water brand Arwa, launched “The Price of Water” campaign across the UAE.
The campaign asks the UAE public to pay what they think water is worth to help improve the lives of people in the world’s toughest places.
For the next six weeks, Arwa water will be free of charge in participating outlets. Instead of the usual price, Arwa asks the public to pay the price that water is worth to them and encourages a donation to help improve the lives of Syrian refugees.
The money raised will go directly to the establishment of water filtration systems that will provide safe, clean water to Syrian refugee children in Jordan.
Dina Sabbagh of Mercy Corps, addressing the press conference, said that water is an unquestionably vital element for life. In Jordan alone, where the country’s aging water infrastructure leaks 76 billion litres per year, the influx of 600,000 Syrian refugees has further depleted the water supply.
Arwa is enabling the public to donate money to Red Crescent through it website or on Etisalat by texting “Arwa” to 6881 to donate Dhs10. For donations made on  Twitter, via @arwa_water, Arwa will match the donation made to further aid Mercy Corps’ work.
To help make a difference to those in need, all Burger King outlets across the UAE will be giving away free Arwa water and providing the public with an opportunity to donate from Aug.4.
The public can also donate in participating Choithrams stores across the UAE on July.24, 25 and 26 while 100 boxes will be put up by Red Crescent to collect the funds.
“Eighty litres of water per day are needed to satisfy basic needs, but in areas hosting large refugee populations, the average supply has dropped to as low as 30 litres per day. We urge the shoppers in the UAE to consider how important water is to them and give generously to this campaign. The price of water really counts,” Dina Sabbagh added.
Antoine Tayyar, Public Affairs and Communication Director for Coca-Cola Middle East, said, “The Coca-Cola Company is committed to enhancing personal well-being, building stronger communities and protecting the environment. The Price of Water Campaign aligns with these core values as it promises to help make a fundamental and necessary difference in thousands of people’s lives. We are honoured to be working alongside Mercy Corps and Red Crescent in order to make a greater impact.”

Senses – Special Needs Centre

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Club organises Iftar for special kids

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 21, 2014

DUBAI: A group of extraordinary volunteers organised a charity Iftar to provide a sense of integration to the students at the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre in Jumeirah on the occasion of the media interaction day.
The Iftar was organised by the Rotary Club of Jumeirah, Dubai as part of their ongoing support toward the centre struggling with financial constraints to cope with everyday operations.
Around 90 children with severe physical and learning difficulties are enrolled and the ages vary between 2 and 20 years.JAMIL-Senses-Charity-4
Dr Lina Owies, executive manager of Senses while talking to The Gulf Today, said that the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre, a non-profit organisation, is the first and only residential care facility for special needs in the UAE and the Middle East.
“Through specialised programmes that combine speech and music therapy, art, life skills, sports and physiotherapy, children from the age of two to nineteen with mild or severe physical disabilities and Down Syndrome receive the care they need. Senses provides a home with round-the-clock care for children who need special therapies offering them rehabilitative and educational programmes, as well as a nurturing environment where they can develop new skills and improve their abilities,” she said.
She lauded the support of Rotary Club of Jumeirah as well as others from government and private sector and stressed more support to run the centre smoothly and extend facilities to the children with special needs.
“For the last couple of years, the Rotary Club of Jumeirah has been supporting the centre through their various charity initiatives but the need is also growing very fast. We need more staff and the facilities as a number of children with special needs are on the waiting list because we have no more space,” she added.
The centre as Senses Care Home project was set up in 2002 with two children in a rented villa by Nadia Khalil Al Sayegh in Jumeirah who has over 20 years experience in the department of Labour and Social Affairs, concentrating on special needs children in Dubai.
The present building of the centre is set in a purpose built centre in Umm Suqeim, which was built under the order of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in 2010.
The centre also aims to take care of differently abled orphans, based on the belief that their needs are unique. Many of the children suffer from epilepsy and are in need of round-the-clock care.
The residential centre has been created to be a home away from home for the students. Senses offers a range of opportunities for children to fulfil their educational interests and participate in new life-enriching pastimes, experience sensory stimulations and build self-esteem, increase independence and explore future life opportunities.
Many of the children at Senses require sponsorship for medical expenses, food, clothing, care and support and equipment.
Anne-Susann Becker on behalf of Rotary Club of Jumeirah told The Gulf Today that they have around 90 members and organise a number of events periodically to raise funds and awareness for the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre.

Free Medical Camp

•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.PAD-Medical-1
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.

Ramadan Night Market 2014

•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’.

Ramadan Forum 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.


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