•October 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Pakistani passport can now be renewed online
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 25, 2016
SHARJAH: The Pakistani community in the UAE is getting relief as government of Pakistan has initiated online renewal of machine readable passport (MRP). The new move, post the online renewal of computerised identity cards, have brought relief for hundreds of people who daily visit Pakistan missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
To spread awareness and for briefing on the new system, Board of Trustees of Pakistan, Islamic Private School Al Ain and residents of Al Ain have hosted a dinner for officials from the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Moazzam A Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan in the UAE was the chief guest. Officers from passport and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) were also present.
During the evening, the officials briefed the community members about the new system launched by the Ministry of Interior for overseas Pakistanis to renew their machine readable passports through online.
Moazzam A Khan assured the community members in Al Ain that the officials at the embassy are ready to serve them and now with new system there is no need to visit the missions in their respective emirates. “The passports will arrive at doorsteps of the applicant once it is ready. All the documentations process will be completed online even the payment made easy through debt and credit cards,” he said.
Abdul Hadi Asakzai, a community member told The Gulf Today that the evening was hosted by a group of businessmen in honour of newly appointed ambassador and meeting with the community.
The residents also raised the issue of Pakistani school in Al Ain which needs more attention from curriculum to management improvement.
The Ambassador assured to resolve the issue and also distributed the mobile phone numbers of passport and Nadra officials. He asked them to contact the officials between 2pm to 4pm for their inquiries.
Samar Javed, Acting Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai told the media in an informal meeting recently that the dispatching of renewed passport through courier will be according to the government policy. An event to raise awareness regarding this will be organised soon in Dubai.
•October 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Awareness event held for individuals with hearing loss
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 23, 2016
DUBAI: A large number of people do not consider hearing impairment a highly severe health issue. Only 56 per cent of respondents believe that hearing impairment is a serious problem, revealed a survey conducted with the participation of total of 410,525 people in the UAE.
The survey was conducted by MED-EL Medical Electronics, the leading provider of hearing implant systems, recently and shared their findings with the media while hosting an event as part of its ongoing efforts to drive stronger awareness on hearing loss attended by hearing impaired patients and candidates in the UAE.
The event took place in Grand Hyatt hotel in Dubai on Oct.22, serving as a platform for cochlear implant patients and candidates to get together and gain valuable information about cochlear implant systems, and how to optimise their use of it in day-to-day life.
Resulting from a strengthened level of conversation with patients, MED-EL realised the pounding need for patients and their families to remain up to date with the latest advancements in cochlear implant technology. Furthermore, bringing the cochlear implant community together is essential to showcasing the accessibility that hearing implants have given to many children and adults; allowing them to be part of the hearing world that they would’ve otherwise been excluded from.
During the event, David Raetz, CEO, MED-EL Middle East said: “Many individuals who have hearing loss are still either unaware or sceptical of how well this solution works. And with this living a life of silence, unable to communicate adequately with the surrounding community, forced into limited career and social opportunities.”
He said that currently, many countries in the region, including the UAE, are taking active measures towards giving access to individuals with hearing disabilities. “We believe cochlear implant patients are the true driver for increased awareness. It is their journeys and success stories that depict a true testament to how well this life-changing technology works. We would, therefore, like to encourage them to be the ambassadors of their own cause, to give hearing loss the attention it deserves,” he added.
The event brought together many patients, who had the opportunity to interact and share their stories with other patients, as well as MED-EL experts.
The event was concluded with a dedicated individual Q&A session, where patients were able to directly channel their personal questions and engage in discussions with MED-EL professionals. Additionally, patients shared their recommendations and suggestions for growing the hearing impairment awareness platform in the UAE and the Arab region.
•October 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Heritage centre targets tourists, visitors
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 22, 2016
DUBAI: Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Airports, aimed at enhancing the centre’s efforts to raise awareness of Emirati national heritage, particularly amongst visitors and tourists.
The MoU was signed by Jamal Al Hai, Vice President Dubai Airports and Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmook, CEO of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre.
The memorandum signing demonstrates great enthusiasm from both parties in collaborating and coordinating efforts towards achieving their shared vision to preserve and promote intangible Emiraticultural heritage.
The memorandum will also explore opportunities for cooperation across a number of fields.
Al Hai said: “We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, to support the vision of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
“Dubai Airports will provide many forms of support to the centre in order to promote heritage and champion initiatives that highlight Dubai’s popular national identity to its visitors.
“In addition, the centre will support us in celebrating national events, especially the UAE National Day.”
•October 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment
‘Downtown Show’ brings high fashion
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 22, 2016
DUBAI: Visitors from various Asian, Western and other communities had a field day as a day-long “Downtown Show” provided an opportunity to grab prominent, high-end fashion garments, foot wares and jewellery products.
The fashion and lifestyle exhibition with over 35 brands from India, Pakistan and Emirati crafts was recently held at the Palace Hotel, Downtown Dubai.
The event was organised by the Dubai-based Pakistani duo, Sadia Khan and Hena Khan, to bring prominent high-end Pakistani and Indian fashion designers to showcase their latest creation in clothes, jewellery and other accessories to fulfil the local demands.
Talking to The Gulf Today, she pointed out that Pakistani and Indian fashion at the local market has huge events like “Downtown Shows” and other exhibitions are the only options to cater for the demands of expatriate women.
“We have been organising such events on different occasions to invite Pakistani and other prominent fashion designers to showcase and sell their dresses at affordable prices.
“We are happy that the number of customers increases with every new event,” she said.
Khan started organising events like cooking and other gatherings 10 years ago to bring like-minded people via social networking events and provide a platform for the expatriate community in Dubai. Some of the events organised by Khan include “Appetite by Sadia Khan” in Dubai, “Celebizz – shopping with celebrities” at Dubai, “Corporate Galas, Suhoors and Iftars” Dubai, weekly cooking shows with celebrity chefs at Dubai, and various exhibitions arranged for budding and well-known entrepreneurs from Pakistan.
Khan, who was part of the “Downtown Show”, is a well-known name in the industry and the founder of UAE’s largest community group called “UAE MUMS”.
She has over 100 successful events to her credit; as her platform H&D has carved a niche for itself; whether it is exhibitions, fashion shows, networking events, festivals, fund-raisers or pageants.
Khan established a broad group of supporters inspired by her determination and her dedication for countless events.
“Women from not only expatriate communities from Pakistan and India in the UAE are fond of Pakistan-based luxury fashion brands but there are many locals and Westerners who regularly buy traditional clothes, jewellery and footwear,” she said.
The participating exhibitors were prominent names such as Amato Couture, Munib Nawaz, Gehna Jewellers, Biori, Mahreen Gul, Ajrak, Spectrum, Nazish Ethesham and others.
It was a mix of Pakistani and Indian designers and so was the footfall.
The admirers of high-end brands were seen flaunting their shopping bags as they walked away happily out of the exhibition.
Many commented that the pricing was very reasonable compared to other exhibitions attended.
During the show, contestants of “Indian Princess”, a famous beauty pageant made the evening more glamorous as the visitors especially families gathered to opt the opportunity of taking photographs with them.
The team participated in the event with about 30 of their models walking through the ballroom amongst the exhibitors and the surprised visitors.
•October 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment
SCHS launches 2nd competition
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 19, 2016
DUBAI: Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) has launched the second edition of its annual Assistive Technology in Education Competition (AT EDUCOM) and AT TOPIA Conference during the Gitex Technology Week from the Sharjah E-government booth as part of its efforts to ensure sustainability and innovation.
In a press conference attended by Sheikha Jameela Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of SCHS, Yong Geun Choi, President of LG Electronics Gulf and a number of officials from both sides.
The second edition of the competition for designing assistive applications was launched by SCHS in cooperation with Seoul National University Quality of Life Technology Centre (QoLT) with the sponsorship of LG Electronics.
The competition aims at raising awareness between university students about the importance of assistive applications that support and assist people with disabilities. It aims at luring students into unleashing their creativity and creating assistive applications that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
SCHS invited students from all universities in UAE to formulate teams, which will compete in this contest by introducing ambitious projects that aim to improve quality of life of persons with disabilities and make them blend in their societies.
The director general of SCHS confirmed the right of persons with disabilities to access all sources of information and all means required to have a decent life, maintain this life, and improve it by recruiting technology and smart applications.
The second round of AT EDUCOM competition is very special because a number of Korean students are going to a join teams formulated by emirate universities. This will create a genuine sharing of experience and information between students. It is a good opportunity to benefit from the new thinking methods regarding the latest trends in the field of assistive technologies, which provides very good services to persons with disabilities.
“LG is proud to be partnering with the SCHS in AT EDUCOM for the second year, as this local competition allows meaningful student-community engagement and ensures student connections across continents for a truly international humanitarian cause. Corporate Social Responsibility is deeply engrained in the values LG holds dear to heart, and we will continue to support projects that empower students to leverage the power of technology for the betterment of society and surely to create a better world for persons with disabilities,” said Choi.
The submission will open till December this year and the working camp will take place in the last week of February 2017 jointly by local and Korean students.
The student teams’ projects will be displayed during the AT TOPIA conference, which will be held from March 4-6, 2017. The prize for the winning team with the best application leveraging assistive technology will be an all-expenses paid trip to visit LG’s world-renowned headquarters in Korea.
•October 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Gitex to see 16 Pak firms
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 28, 2016
DUBAI: As many as 16 leading information technology companies from Pakistan will participate in the GITEX Technology Week 2016 to promote a number of products along with world leading firms.
This was stated by Dr Nasir, commercial counsellor at Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, while talking to The Gulf Today on Tuesday. The GITEX Technology Week will be held from Oct.16-20 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DTWC).
“Technology industry is becoming a fundamental aspect of life in Dubai’s economy and participation of technology companies from all over the world are helping the robust re-export of IT business which allows access to the Middle Eastern, Central Asia and North African markets,” he said.
He pointed out that the Pakistan IT firms will be showcasing their products under the umbrella of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). GITEX is the leading global IT industry event where professionals are involved in buying and selling products, services and equipments to come across new ideas, innovation and conduct direct B2B. “Such exhibitions connect domestic and international buyers/consumers with industry professionals,” he said.
The Pakistani companies to participate in the exhibition include Pakistan Software Export Board, EBRYX Pvt Ltd, Xplorer 3D, Motion Cue, Hayat Tech, Raide Communications & IT Solution (SMC), Tech Bridge Consultancy and Art Fusion and Viscous Co.
The Pakistan pavilion will be located in Sheikh Rashid and Start-up Movement Hall.
“The companies will showcase their products related to hardware and software such as laptop, tablets, software developers, ERP Solutions, video productions, phone applications, printing solutions, design services and other applications,” he added.
He said that businessmen and professionals are invited to visit the pavilion to have a first-hand glance over the Pakistan IT products and services. “We hope that this event will prove mutually beneficial and enlightening for both the exhibitors as well as visitors having interest in the regard,” he added.
•October 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Pakistani social bodies bring health awareness to masses
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 18, 2016
DUBAI: With the aim of educating the community on different aspects of health and fitness issues, the two prominent bodies of the Pakistani community in Dubai and Sharjah, through its partners, have organised a number of activities.
On the occasion of World Arthritis Day last week, the Medical Wing of Pakistan Association Dubai (Pad) was invited to be part of Transguard’s initiative to raise awareness on World Arthritis Day.
A group of specialist doctors and physiotherapists visited the labourers’ accommodation in Sonapur to raise awareness and educate them on the importance of exercise and diet. Informative material in English and Urdu were distributed. A few stretching exercises were taught to the audience along with information on musculoskeletal health problems.
The community had shown great interest in the activities and obtained maximum knowledge from the doctors to learn exercises and other information.
Majida, a physiotherapist, through a discussion to a group of labourers emphasised how arthritis can be prevented and managed by minimally invasive physiotherapy practice.
The Health and Safety Department of Transguard and Pad have been working jointly in the past to organise many free medical checks-ups in the holy month of Ramadan and awareness talks at the Head Office of Transguard for their staff on World Heart Day recently.
PSCS Awareness Programme
However, the Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah (PSCS) has organised an interactive session, a part of the month-long Breast Cancer Campaign, for the community in its premises.
The session was organised in collaboration with ASTR Medical Centre and a local educational training institute.
The 2-part session was conducted by Dr Ghazala Ali Choudhary, specialist gynaecologist, ASTR Clinic Sharjah to provide in-depth awareness on the various aspects of breast cancer as part of their CSR activity for the community.
As part of the awareness session, the participants were also told stories of a couple of families who had such patients in their families and how they suffered such trauma to not find out about the cancer in time which resulted in a huge loss of money, time and trauma for the whole family.
Meanwhile, Zahid Mahmood, Head & Training Consultancy, Excellist training institute, conducted a session on parenting for the Pakistani community. “The current young generation has many issues like generation gap, connectivity with many forms of technology and lack of career counselling. It is the need of the hour for parents to first understand the issues and take appropriate measures timely to provide best to his children,” he said.
To provide a child best training on various social, cultural and other aspects of daily life, one (parent) has to learn himself ahead of the time but in our society parenting has been taking casually, he pointed.
Mahmood has recently concluded a series of lectures in seven different schools in Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai on leadership and career guidance for the students.