•November 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Experiencing the sights of Dublin
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Nov 30, 2015
This year being the year of Irish Design, the International Association of Designers has named Dublin the 2015 World Design Hub. To celebrate this honour the organisers of Irish Design have been hosting the A’Design Award exhibition and a series of events to promote local artists and designers, along with international fraternity.
One of the reasons for the press trip to Dublin was to tour and witness the various ongoing activities being held throughout the city. The A’Design Award aspires to highlight, promote and advocate good design, honouring the best designers, architects, engineers, studios, brands and design led companies from across the globe.
This exhibition features the 2015 A’Design Award platinum winners, the highest calibre award available, representing a diverse range of design disciplines. The exhibition in one of the galleries in Dublin Castle served as a platform for visitors to exchange ideas and propose their own useful, meaningful design solutions to a number of challenges.
Joeleen Lynch, a moderator at the exhibition held at The Coach House, Dublin Castle said for the ‘Platinum Design Competition’ aspiring artists were asked to design a stamp, a shoe, a bridge or a chair as the winning entries of designs will be displayed in the Design Hub during Design Week.
THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE OF IRELAND
Dublin, one of the most cultural cities in the world has places of worship of all the major religions. Visiting a sacred place like a mosque as a tourist is one of my rare experiences. I got the opportunity to visit the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) in Dublin while on the press tour.
The construction of the Islamic Centre in Dublin was completed in 1996 with the funding of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. According to officials, next year the management of the centre is going to celebrate its 20th anniversary by holding a series of events.
The ICCI comprises of various services for the community.
The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland has also opened Human Appeal Clothes Bank and Islamic Relief Clothes Bank as the collection of recyclable clothes aims to provide clothing to people living in extreme poverty. The community in Dublin also actively participates in the series of events being organised by the Centre.
•November 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Hotels show commitment through blood drive, ‘Clean up’ campaign
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Nov 27, 2015
SHARJAH: In line with corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), Centro Sharjah has organised a blood donation drive at the hotel in collaboration with Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Centre to collect blood donations from staff and guests.
During the drive, colleagues, guests and friends had collectively taken part in the drive to donate blood by getting involved as #CentroGoesRed.
Michael Kasch, General Manager remarked, “We are committed to the betterment of the community, and with the support of our guests and colleagues we will be engaging in various CSR initiatives,” he further explained. “This campaign was designed to raise awareness on the need for blood in emergencies. Since the shelf life of blood is only 42 days, we highly encourage people to donate blood on a regular basis.” He concluded by adding, “We thank Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Centre for extending their support during the drive and we assure them of our future contribution through similar campaigns.”
Clean up drive
DUBAI: Villa Rotana’s Dubai staff joined forces with Dubai Municipality to take part in Clean Up the World Campaign, which took place along Jumeirah Beach, under the theme of “Our Place…Our Planet…Our Responsibility” highlighting how every community should take action to improve the environment.
The staff members embarked on four hours of cleaning up and collected a total of 15 bags of mixed trash along the beach.
Commenting on the event, Hossam Mansour, General Manager of Villa Rotana said, “We are proud to support Dubai Municipality’s initiative and be part of the worldwide campaign. We at Villa Rotana believe that all of us have responsibility to protect and preserve our environment.”
“We were once the Rotana Earth awardee recognising the engagement of the hotel by supporting initiatives related to charity, community, health, safety and environment.” Hossam added.
The Clean Up the World is a global environmental campaign and one of the most important awareness campaigns organised every year by Clean Up the World, the Australian-based programme by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 1989. It aims to gather volunteers to work together on a massive campaign to clean up the environment with a focus on raising awareness of decision makers and local and global communities on issues related to the environment and developing waste management strategies.
•November 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment
PAKISTAN a country with everything but not have not importance to a human being especially those who are responsible to save others.
The picture published (Nov 24) in local Urdu newspaper in Karachi and caption said that a bomb disposal expert disarming a bomb found in a local parking lot.
The most worrying
and same time
laughing thing is
that the gentleman
who is an expert from Bomb Disposal
Squad (if we have one?) equipped ONLY with a ‘safety vest’ & ‘P-Cap’ to dispose
a ‘live bomb’.
In the ubiquity of news sources surrounding all of us knew that a bomb disposal officer has to protect himself first with a proper ‘Bomb Suit’ known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit to disarm any explosive threat.
Is this a joke or what? Suppose this guy disposing a “real bomb” then what about his own safety?
In a country where we (not ordinary people but our ‘white cows’ in power corridors) have abundance money to spend on everything from transport, infrastructure, private castle, fleet of most expensive cars, etc., but yet to give proper attention to those who are in the fields to protect their fellow citizens.
Here one can see especially our Pakistanis officials that how ‘bomb disposal officers’ disarm a bomb?
Think Pakistan Think before too late!
•November 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Exhibitions for festive shopping season gearing up for customers
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Nov 24, 2015
DUBAI: With the fast approach of December, widely considered by shoppers as the season of shopping, centres have been gearing up to provide a number of opportunities to the many expat communities in the emirates.
Besides enticing offers, prizes and much more malls and organisations have been planned a number of events to engage their respective target audience.
Mercato Mall in Dubai promises visitors an enjoyable and remarkable shopping season along with their family and friends.
“Gather family and friends this December and head to Mercato to enjoy magical moments and the enchanting decorations this festive season, as well as a variety of entertainment, special events and surprises. The festive activities with a series of events will commence from Dec.5 to 26 along the cobbled streets of Mercato which are alive with captivating roaming characters including winter flakes stilt walkers, snowmen and elf jugglers who will keep everyone of all ages entertained,” said Nisreen Boustani, PR and Corporate Communication Manager.
Children will love watching festive movies in Mercato’s gingerbread house while parents shop for gifts, food and party essentials. What’s more, your little ones can get creative in interactive arts and crafts workshops decorating snowflakes, tree baubles, festive puppets and cupcake decorating activities provided by Sugarbox.
Mercato’s festive Elf in Wonderland play will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between the festive period, combining dance, music and storytelling on stage with a lovable elf whose quest is to bring joy to town during the winter.
Desi Arabi Traditional Bazaar
However, preparation for “Desi Arabi Traditional Bazaar” is also in full swing to facilitate the mixed community of visitors at the Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah to be held on Dec.4. The family event will showcase a wide range of traditional Asian merchants from clothes, footwear, jewellery, accessories as well as food and music.
According to Zareen Masood, the organiser of the bazaar, the day-long event will be a great opportunity for families to select their picks from the wide range of products.
“Visitors will also have the opportunity to win gifts to participate in family-oriented activities, music competition while two prominent Pakistanis, artist Fakhar-e-Alam, and cricketer Imran Nazir will be chief guests while many artists including singer Jahanzeb Mughal, comedian Sabeeh Kamal along with others will enthral the audience.
•November 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Emirati athlete to commemorate National Day with 44-km cycling journey
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Nov 22, 2015
DUBAI: Ahmad Al Mutaiwee, a physically challenged Emirati athletic hero, decided to cycle a distance of 44 kilometres on his bike to celebrate the country’s 44th National Day and support the Rashid Centre for the Disabled through this humanitarian initiative.
Al Mutaiwee visited Rashid Centre to share the details of his initiative with the management and students with disabilities on a recent visit. He was received by Maryam Othman, Director General of the Centre, who lauded his enthusiasm to cycle in support of Rashid Centre and a true celebration of the UAE’s 44th National Day.
The initiative “United Home” of his 44-kilometre journey will take place on Nov.23 from Al Qadra Village, where he resides, to Atlantis, The Palm, a total distance of 44km.
Al Mutaiwee expressed his delight to be part of the national and humanitarian sports initiative, and gave his heartfelt thanks to the students of the centre and its management for their support.
Othman welcomed him upon his arrival and made the event a memorable one, taking a number of pictures with a group of Rashid Centre students with special needs. She also expressed her gratitude for his initiative in raising awareness on issues related to the differently-abled.
Al Mutaiwee also extended his gratitude to Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Dubal Holding, who announced sponsoring this initiative.
•November 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Pak community kicks off events to celebrate UAE National Day
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Nov 22, 2015
DUBAI: To continue its tradition, the Pakistani community in the UAE under the banner of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has vowed to celebrate the country’s 44th National Day with a series of stellar events in Dubai.
In this regard, the first event had the theme “Solidarity Celebration 2015 – Tribute to the Great Visionaries of the East – the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Founder of the UAE) and Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal (poet and philosopher)” on Friday evening. The event was attended by a number of community dignitaries and others where students from Pakistani schools including Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School, Fujairah, Pakistan Islamia Higher School, Sharjah, and Pristine Private School, Dubai showed off their skills in inter-school debates, essay writing and art competition.
Asif Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan, was the chief guest of the occasion.
Maham Masood received 1st place for English Essay writing and Sahar Shahid came in 2nd place from Islamia English School Abu Dhabi. Aleem Batool from Pakistan Islamia Higher School, Sharjah secured the 3rd place position. In the Urdu Essay Competition, Sana Mukhtar came in 1st place from Pakistan Islamia Higher School, Sharjah, and Tawheed Nasir Malik came in 2nd place from Islamia English School Abu Dhabi while Hamza Amjad came in 3rd place from Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School, Fujairah.
In the Arts Competition (Seniors) Syeda Fatima Batool from Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi came in 1st place, Aneeq Ahmed from Pakistan Islamia School Ras Al Khaimah came in second, and Muhammad Ahmad Muhajereen from Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi, came in 3rd.
In the debates competition, Zilkifil Shareef Pakistan from Islamia Higher Secondary School, Fujairah came in 1st place, Huda Tariq from Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi, came in 2nd, and Asrar Ahmed from Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi and Amirah Fateh from Pristine Private School came in 3rd. Overall winner of the competition was Islamia English School, Abu Dhabi.
The event was supported by Skyline University College Sharjah, SZABIST University Dubai, CUCA University Ajman, RakCod Dental College Ras Al Khaimah and IFFCO.
•November 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment
BEING a tour guide for a historical place is one thing but enlightening daily hundreds of multi-national visitors about thousands of rare relics verbally is more than outstanding.
James Meehan was one such tour guide I met while visiting one of the prominent place, Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, recently to attend the 4-day Bram Stoker Festival & Irish Design 2015 Press Trip hosted by Tourism Ireland.
A retired police officer, served the force for over 30-years, being volunteering as guide at the library which is housed over hundreds of thousands of items like manuscripts, prints, icons, miniature paintings, early printed books cultural and religion relics of prominent religions while collectible items like swords, dresses and like such items collected by American-Irish Chester Beatty who travelled all over the world.
I’m sure all those who are avid traveler must encounter some sort of tour guides but only a few have such talent to left an impression on visitors. James Meehan was one of them who seem remember the history of three prominent religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam besides hundreds of rare items being displayed at the exhibition. The unusual quality was that during the over 2-hour tour he never consult a printed document as his gestures were reflecting his inner satisfaction to enlighten the tourists.