•April 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Urdu writer attends PAD literary session
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 20, 2014
DUBAI: The literary committee of the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has organised a literary session and invited renowned Urdu comic writer Colonel (retd) Ashfaq Hussain to its premises on Friday evening.
The session was one-of-a-kind, as the committee in the past had organised many sessions inviting poets to visit from Pakistan as well as many that are based in the UAE.
Ashfaq Hussain, who also served in the Pakistani Army, has written a number of humorous books, short stories, travelogues and translations of popular English novels. He also written a number of books recording some historical events of the Pakistan Army in his humorous style. Even serious accounts like ‘Fatih Saboona’ on the martyrdom of Major Sabbir Sharif Shaheed received huge applause among literary circles within the country as well as abroad from ardent Urdu book lovers.
During his career as a diplomat and other senior positions in different parts of the country as well as abroad, Hussain found every situation worth sharing with his readers and compiled a number of books. Readers got to witness the harsh realities of different segments of life.
A number of people from different segments of the society were present at the literary session at the PAD to hear the writer speak among other guests.
Ashfaq Hussain read out excerpts from his books and also answered questions asked by the audience on his career in the army as well as in the literary world. The audience became emotional while listening to excerpts from his book ‘Fatih Saboona.’
Malik Arshad, secretary of the Literary Committee of PAD, pointed that they had started the literary session for poets and this was the first time they were honoured host the country’s most prominent Urdu writer.
“We are planning to increase the number of such sessions on a monthly basis, as the community in the UAE is keen to welcome the country’s literary personalities,” he added.
Zenat Lakhani, another member to welcome the guest writer, said that his (Hussain’s) books are like the narration of literary exercises by an armyman.
“He is very much popular among the Urdu book lovers as all his books have been receiving great admiration from every segment of the society,” she said.
Others who spoke on the occasion were Hidayatullah, Kabeer Khan, Sharafat Shah, Dr Sabahat Wasti and Zahoorul Islam Jawed.
Syed Tahir Zaidi, joint secretary of the PAD, thanked the audience and the guests who made the evening a successful literary session and vowed to organise such events and invite more Urdu writers in the future.
•April 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment
SNF hosts second Annual ‘Dine n Deed’ charity gala dinner
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 19, 2014
DUBAI: Over 500 patrons including individuals and families attended the second annual charity gala dinner — Dine n Deed — organised by the Special Needs Future Development Centre (SNF) to raise funds for children with special needs.
The Dine n Deed 2014 featured celebrity and famous Indian singer Shaan, who encouraged the audience to show their generosity to help the SNF Centre.
Renowned Indian choreographer Shiamak Davar’s UAE team gave a special dance performance whilst paintings from Art Zest, a Dubai-based initiative to promote emerging artists from various nationalities, were also presented for auction.
Safia Bari, director of SNF, told the media that the proceeds raised from the event will help SNF move from its current overcrowded premises in Karama Centre to a new, larger facility.
This move will allow SNF to effectively accommodate its rapidly growing number of students and diversify its current suite of training programmes to include more outdoor and recreational activities.
“We are very excited about our second annual Dine n Deed event and we very much hope that we will be able to raise the necessary funds to move into bigger premises. Our mission has always been to equip our students with the skills and tools they require for taking on suitable jobs in Dubai, but we are now in desperate need of a larger facility to accommodate a growing number of students,” she added.
Shaan, while talking to The Gulf Today, said that this is the first time he is attending the SNF event.
“I am sure that the people who are attending the gala charity dinner will show their full support as Safia Bari, director of SNF Centre, is striving to expand their facility to accommodate more students,” he said.
He vowed to continue his support for SNF and take part in other events to sing and raise funds for the special needs children.
“There are so many young people with special needs who can’t attend school or find suitable vocational work, so this is where SNF comes in. We remain committed to helping young adults with special needs in Dubai and we hope that Dine n Deed will help us raise the funds to achieve our mission,” Bari said.
•April 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Innovative ideas draw huge turnout at Wetex
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 17, 2014
DUBAI: The three-day Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2014) has drawn a huge turnout, as all the exhibition halls were packed with enthusiastic visitors getting information firsthand on the latest products.
This year, the exhibition has entered into its 16th record with new green economy solutions being organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).
Besides the leading names in the water and energy sectors, the organisers also introduced the new “SmarTech Shopper”, a first of its kind initiative in the region to give visitors a chance to buy eco-friendly products.
The advertising and promotions manager of ITL Group, R. Haridas, told The Gulf Today that the SmarTech Shopper is the region’s first consumer exhibition platform that encourages the use of eco-friendly products and appliances to reduce electricity and water consumption.
“From the platform of Sharp, we are offering a large number of household appliances known as eco-friendly and energy efficient atdiscount prices for the Wetex visitors,” he said.
Besides Sharp, a number of other high-end brands had also set up their stalls with the latest products on display to offer discounts on prices for visitors.
“We are expecting that the idea will be successful and this segment, SmarTech Shopper, will be continued to benefit the consumers on large scale,” he added.
Fouad Ahmed, marketing manager from Wilo Middle East FZE, told The Gulf Today about the activities as scores of visitors gathered to get information on the wide range of products put on the display.
“We are planning to involve the final year mechanical engineering students from all the universities in the UAE in our business by offering them internships and part-time jobs. We will also be visiting universities and meeting with students to provide them technical training,” he added.
The firm is also looking to sponsor one of the mechanical engineering labs in UAE universities and provide them with the required pumps from Wilo for free in order to educate the students and give them practice in their universities.
“We will do our best to let young students to think green and help the world in saving water and power,” he added.
The Wilo Middle East is a subsidiary for Wilo Group with headquarters in Dubai to cater to the needs of all GCC courtries besides Egypt, Iran and Yemen.
•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Advantages of drinking ‘Real Water’ highlighted
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 15, 2014
DUBAI: Targeting the health, wellness and fitness of the overall population, QNET, a prominent direct selling company has launched a multi-layer lifestyle enhancement campaign in Dubai.
The drive with 6 chapters was announced in a press conference in the firm’s regional office in Dubai on Monday and attended by experts and media persons.
The first component of the regional awareness campaign highlighted the importance of drinking ‘Real Water’, which is the first vital component for a healthy lifestyle.
‘Real Water’ is water that has been refined, energised and alkalised to maintain its purest form.
The other components of the campaigns included weight management to be launched in May, holiday package (June), physio radiance and bio silver (July), degrees for all (August) and nutrition solution (September).
Salma Ahmed Hassan, product training and marketing manager told the media that the QNET is focused on providing products and services that help address some of the challenges caused by today’s urban lifestyle, such as poor quality of drinking water, obesity, bad air quality, damage to skin and overall wellness.
“Through the ‘Real Water’ campaign, we would like to raise awareness about the importance of water in our daily lives and how our product, HomePure, can help people to lead a healthy life with ‘Real Water’. Whether one want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir,” she said.
QNET’s panel of experts have identified that water is best absorbed into the human body when it is – Refined, Energised and Alkalised. Three of its exclusive products help turn regular water into ‘Real Water’ in three easy steps:
HomePure Water Purifier refines water with seven stage-filtration system that purifies water while allowing natural trace minerals to pass through, providing natural, purified and clean water. The filter is believed to absorb and remove 97 per cent of chlorine; 99 per cent of turbidity, 99 per cent of the total 46 types of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) as well as heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides and chemical compounds that cause long term health problems.
Speaking on the awareness campaign, Khaled Diab, regional general manager-Mena, said, “The Middle East region’s hot climate makes it more important for people living here to stay hydrated and take good care of their health. With the ‘Real Water’ launch, QNET is helping raise awareness on the importance of drinking water, which helps in maintaining good skin, aids in digestion and in overall health.”
•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Spring Bonanza opens cultural doors
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 14, 2014
DUBAI: Expatriates from different nationalities attended a day-long fashion bazaar in which a number of housewives set up their stalls to offer a huge variety of traditional clothes, ethnical jewellery and other products.
The fashion event, ‘Spring Bonanza’ was organised to provide housewives a chance to showcase their entrepreneurial talent and mingled with the community besides promoting their products. The event was held at the Ramada Bur Dubai and attended by families from Pakistani, India, Iran as well as from different western countries residing in Dubai and other emirates.
Sardar Abdul Wahid Khan, press counselor at Pakistan Consulate along with Abbas Raza Dar, Country Manager Air Blue were the chief guest and visited the stalls and enquired about the exhibitors about their products and participation.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Ayesha Nizam, the organiser, said that she initiated the idea to promote housewives some one year ago and set up the Facebook group.
“Currently we have over 2,000 members, all housewives from different nationalities but residing in Dubai, and they encouraged the idea to set up an event to promote housewives’ entrepreneurial skills. I took the initiative seriously, along with my husband, Muhammad Nizam, and with the support of our group’s member we are organising this event called spring bonanza,” she added.
She also said that they are organising this event to bring housewives into the community as there are many talented women who left their dreams in the middle for their families. “Through this platform, we are encouraging women to promote the traditional cultural products of our countries in a society where the market is huge and the potential to grow is enormous. Today, out of 36 stalls, many brought traditional lines of clothes from Pakistan and India while some are exhibiting and selling ethnical jewellery, shoes and other items,” she pointed.
•April 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment
PAD awards prominent Pakistanis on National Day celebrations
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 13, 2014
Dubai: The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) as part of Pakistan Day celebration has started a new initiative to present awards to prominent community members and organisations striving for the betterment of the community individually and collectively.
In the evening to mark the Pakistan Day celebration, the association awarded 14 individuals and four organisations for their contribution.
The chief guest of the event was Tariq Wazir, head of chancery at the Pakistan Consulate.
A large number of community members and families as well as representatives were also present at the event.
Dr Faisal Ikram, general secretary PAD, in his welcome note pointed that they have been celebrating the National Day in the UAE every year but this time the association added more flavour to honour the prominent community members and recognise their services.
“It is a tribute from the association for those who without any reward serve the community as well as portray a good image of the country overseas,” he said.
He added that the appreciation award will be given every year as a committee has been formed to identify distinguish Pakistanis.
He made it clear that the association will continue to recognise the services of prominent community members and organise such events annually.
Wazir appreciated the association’s efforts to celebrate Pakistan Day in a unique way and the idea to appreciate the community members will increase the moral among the community. An Emirati Dr Zubair Farooq was conferred with an award for his contribution inpromoting Pak-UAE friendship.
He has chosen Urdu language for his poetry and written a number of poetry and other books in Urdu and well known in the Pakistani community in the UAE.
The individuals who were awarded were Yasmin Wazir, Rizwan Fancy and Abdul Sattar Pardesi for their contribution in the welfare sector, Sharafat Ali Shah (culture and arts), Ghazi Marjan (a social worker), Imran Hilal (to help individuals in finding jobs), Musarrat Hussain, Samina Nasir (education), Dr Nighat Aftab (medical), Iftikhar Hamdani (hoteliering), A S Muslim (prominent writer and Pakistan Movement worker), Dr Sarwat Zehra (literature) and Aqib Javed (sports).
However, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the PAD and Skyline University was also signed.
The university during the next couple of years will award scholarships to Pakistani students in post-graduate and graduate degrees worth one million dirhams in total.
During the evening, a group of students from the Pakistan School Ajman presented a tableau and received a tremendous applause.
•April 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Rashid Centre to unveil pictorial book
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Apr 13, 2014
DUBAI: Rashid Centre for the Disabled is all set to start a number of events to celebrate its 20th anniversary and also announced it would unveil a pictorial book ‘Rashid – through their eyes’ later this month in a ceremony to be attended by dignitaries and patrons of the centre.
The ceremony will be held at the Cultural and Scientific Association Dubai on April 30.
The book includes pictures and quotes of prominent personalities who visited the centre over 20 years and lauded the founders and the management of the centre for providing rehabilitation and training to children with special needs.
The bilingual book, in both Arabic and English, also incorporated exclusive photos of prominent personalities who shared their joyful moments with groups of children in the centre.
The personalities who visited the centre over the last 20 years were sheikhs, senior Emirati personalities, politicians, educators, artists from Arab showbiz international stars were part of the 220 colourful pages.
The book will be distributed during the celebration organised by the centre on April 30 at the Cultural and Scientific Association located in Al Mamzar, Dubai.
The spokesperson told The Gulf Today that they are planning a huge ceremony to celebrate the Centre’s 20th anniversary, in which more than 800 guests from different walks of life will attend the event. Besides the guest, families of the children with special needs will be present to admire the performances of Rashid Stars.