Interview: Rowaida Hakim

•May 9, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Paintings with golden touch spread peace, joy

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Art is the only way to express my inner feelings like joy, peace, positivity and spread the message of happiness around me. Through paintings, I express my ideas and the result reflects through a range of artworks.
This was stated by Rowaida Hakim, a contemporary artist based in Dubai. She was talking on the sidelines of the unveiling of her signature strips of gold leaf series of paintings “Ramadan and Spring collection” in Dubai on Wednesday.
Rowaida Hakim adopted a special technique to use gold leaf as well as other precious metals like copper and silver to draw a variety of artworks. Her latest collection comprises a series of paintings in which she used her own handwriting rather than borrow someone else style of calligraphy. “My collection includes paintings of Arabic alphabets…
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5th ‘Al Mtwassf’ competition

•May 8, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Competition shows youth’s love for heritage

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

As many as 37 winners of the 5th edition of the ‘Al Mtwassf’ competition were honoured in a ceremony at Abu Hanifa Elementary School, Dubai.
The competition saw a huge number of participants from 41 schools comprising different nationalities, making the latest edition a huge success.
The students from different grades won in the 10 categories of the fifth edition of the ‘Descriptive Contest’ for the popular Emirati proverbs collection “Al Mtwassf – Proverbs and Adages from the UAE” written by Abdullah Bin Dalmouk.
The contest has been organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) which aims to promote the cultural identity of the younger generation and linking it to its cultural and social heritage. The Centre has been collaborating with Dubai Educational Zone to complete the Quiz Competition. The ceremony was held to award the winners at the Abu Hanifa Elementary School Theatre in the Al Quoz area.
The event was attended by Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmouk, CEO of HHC, Mohammed Issa Al-Khumeiri, Consultant of the School Operations Sector, Saif Bin Hariz, Director of Research and Studies, Mohammed Abdullah Bin Dalmouk, Director of Institutional Support Department, Hind Bin Dumithan Al Qamzi, events manager, jury members, teachers, parents of students and faculty and administrative staff.
The competition is based on the book ‘Al Mtwassf’ written by Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmuk who spent many years in the investigation and collection of Emirati proverbs, explaining their meanings.
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Over 300 attend blood donation drive

•May 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

More than 300 people from different segments of the society including a large number of blue collar labourers have attended the blood donation campaign on Friday.
The campaign was organised in continuation of Pehal International’s CSR initiative PCT (Pehal Charitable Trust) Humanity, a non-profit organization, at Terrazzo Labour Camp, Dubai Investment Park 1. The day-long drive was in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority ahead of the holy month Ramadan to meet the shortage of blood due to fasting.
Along with the blood donation, approximately seven ton food items also were distributed to blue collar people and the distribution was carried out by Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman- Gurudwara Dubai. This camp was aimed at celebrating…
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English version of ‘Khooni Vaisakhi’ presented

•April 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The work on the audio version of Khooni Vaisakhi by Nanak Singh has started and hopefully will be completed soon, said Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE while addressing a gathering in Gurudwara Dubai on Saturday.
The book presentation was attended by scores of people from different walks of life including prominent Indian businessmen. The event was organised and hosted by Surender Kandhari, Chairman of Gurudwara Dubai to celebrate the ‘Year of Tolerance’ and the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
In his speech, the Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri, who translated the Punjabi poem written by his grandfather Nanak Singh, has described the journey behind his lengthy…
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Pak consulate helps repatriate 26 prisoners

•April 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The officials from the Pakistan Consulate General Dubai have facilitated repatriation of 26 prisoners to Pakistan, who had completed their jail sentences in Dubai’s Al Aweer Prison.
The Consulate General not only issued necessary travel documents but also arranged air tickets through the Welfare Fund and support from the community’s philanthropists and the jail authorities.
The Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai appreciated the support of community members and jail authorities who helped ease the suffering of these prisoners.
However, Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai, told Gulf Today said that they had been engaged in a number of activities to facilitate the community in every way.
“Education is most important and without quality education …
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Souk Al Arsah a haven for antique lovers

•April 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Old souks that adorn the Rolla area in Sharjah are a haven for antique collectors as they can find their trophy at bargain prices.
Out of many scattered in the area with their own uniqueness, one such is Souk Al Arsah located in the Heart of Sharjah. It has been renovated into a traditional marketplace with a high wooden roof, small but long alleys and shops on both sides selling every kind of antique item.
The souk has been in the same place for decades and is known as one of the oldest marketplaces in the country. It was once used as a meeting place for Bedouins while catering for the needs of their camels at the same time.
Multiple renovations by the authorities in the last couple of years to bring back the traditional bazaar experience for visitors resulted in the whole market becoming a traditional Arabesque souk. Now the market with dozens of shops seems new with shining wooden doors, glass windows and paved small but bright alleys.
Talking to Gulf Today, a group of shopkeepers admired the facilities that have been provided by the authorities to benefit them and where visitors, mostly foreigners, throng daily to pick antique pieces.
Thamer M Amir, an Iraqi dealer in the market, has been part…
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Union Coop announces AED110 million Ramadan Package

•April 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Union Coop, the largest consumer cooperative in the UAE, has announced, for consumers, the 60-day Ramadan package of Dhs110 million allocated for price reductions of around 25,000 products on VAT free prices. The chain of hypermarket is also expecting Dhs650 million worth of sales during Ramadan campaigns to benefit 2.5 million beneficiaries with up to 90 per cent discount on most of the edible items.
Addressing the annual press conference at its head office in Al Aweer Dubai, Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop along with Majiruddin Khan, Assistant Director of Trading Division also presented the result of the first quarter and reported a 26.5 per cent increase in net profit compared to the same period on the previous year, with an increase of Dhs28.8 million. The first quarter of 2019 saw a net profit of Dhs138.5 million, compared to Dhs109.7 million of 2018,” he said.
During the conference, Al Falasi said, “Union Coop achieved a net profit of Dhs138.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, with a monumental net profit improvement of 26.5 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year regardless of the decrease in the prices of the products by 7.5 per cent.
This is due to the increase in promotion campaigns released by Union Coop
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