SCHS ‘Hand Made’ Exhibition

•May 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Special needs students show top-class skills
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, May 01, 2016

DUBAI: Visitors and shoppers at the City Centre Mirdif are showing great interest in the exhibition of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Department, an affiliated body with Sharjah City For Humanitarian Service (SCHS).
The exhibition has been running for over a week, by students and staff of the Department, to showcase and sell a wide range of handmade products. These items have been made by students with special needs of the Department.
Dignitaries also turned up to encourage these students on their endeavour.
Among the dignitaries were Sheikha Amal Mana’h Al Maktoum, Mona Abdel Karim, Deputy Director of SCHS; Mohammed Al Jassmi, Director of City Centre Mirdif; Salam Al Dahmani, Head of Government Relations Department at Majid Al Futtaim Projects; Saied Boti, Head at SCHS Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Department.
Parents of the participating children also attended the opening ceremony.
The exhibition “Hand Made” consist of a wide range of products made by 63 students. These students receive training in SCHS Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Department workshops in porcelain, mosaic, crafts, nutrition, among others.
The exhibition will continue till May 5 at Magic Planet Area, first floor, City Centre Mirdif.
Sheikha Amal Mana’h Al Maktoum was very happy with the products made by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services students and also bought some, due to its high quality.
Students with special abilities are capable of producing magnificent works of art. And SCHS strives to rehabilitate and train such students until they attain competence.
Mona Abdel Karim accompanied Sheikha Amal during her exhibition tour. Sheikha Amal admired the great diversity of products and said that she was impressed by the confidence students displayed as they explained to her how the products were made.  She wished her best to the students and SCHS workers.
Nihad Gasser, Executive Director of Ronza Company for Artifacts, said that these products deserve better marketing.
The company will therefore coordinate with SCHS Vocational Rehabilitation and Training Department to market these products and give revenues to SCHS as a reward for students’ efforts.

CDA-School Sailing Program

•April 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

CDA reaches out to local sailing talent
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By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 29, 2016

DUBAI: The Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai, in a quest to nurture local sailing talent, has launched the “Emirati Schools Sailing Programme”. The programme drew the participation of 22 children between the age group of 10 to 15.
The sailing programme was floated in collaboration with Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, at its premises, on Wednesday. The event was attended by Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of CDA, Gareth Lloyd, General Manager of the sailing club, students from Zayed Bin Sultan and Greenwood International School and officials from the CDA.
Highlighting the details of the programme, Lloyd told The Gulf Today that the aim of the initiative is to work with local schools to identify talented students. The students will be given the opportunity to be part of the local sailing club and consequently members of the member of national team.
“As part of the ‘Emirati School Sailing Programme’, we have come up with two courses for students from the Emirati schools. The Youth Course-Afloat and Adult Course-Afloat are to educate them about the basics of sailing, racing in various stages, seamanship skills, sailing with spinnakers and others like dinghy, keelboat and multihull sailing,” he said.
The activities will be available on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of the schools. Professional instructors will train the students the basics of sailing. “Those students, who will demonstrate a passion for sailing will be enrolled into our daily activities to hone their skills. The students will also participate in various races, along with the professionals. The objective is to develop local talent for the national and international level,” he added.
Speaking to The Gulf Today, Al Kamda said that sailing is a great sport that helps the participants to develop teamwork skills in order to be effective group members.
“The CDA works towards bridging the gap between the public and organisations through various initiatives such as the Emirati School Sailing Programme. The students from various Emirati schools in Dubai will be invited to take advantage of this programme and qualify for the local sailing activities. We want these students to be part of our future teams to compete with not only local clubs, but also shine at the international scene,” he said.
The three decade old sailing club has also initiated the Sailability Progamme’ for people with special needs. The classes are held every Wednesday. The ‘Sailability Progamme is part of a rehabilitation programme for the people with special needs. “The programme will be linked with My Community initiative of the government of Dubai to make Dubai a differebtly-abled people friendly city by 2021,” the CDA official said.
However, the participating 22 students at the launching of ‘Emirati School Sailing Programme’ also conferred medals and certificates by the CDA director general.

City Overdrive 2016

•April 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Family-friendly hub showcases craftsmanship, engineering brilliance
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 27, 2016

DUBAI: The 10-day City Overdrive was held at the City Walk, transformed into a motor sports arena for the second edition of event. There was a display of over 50 of world’s best custom-built cars as visitors from every walk of life admired the creations of region’s best automotive technicians.
The sensational 10-day motoring festival showcased a raft of rare custom-built cars by auto-artists from across the world, as well as vintage models and super cars that had never been driven on UAE roads. In addition, as a finale to the festival, City Walk hosted an underground party that highlighted street culture in the motoring world.
As part of the 10-day City Overdrive a number of activities were organised including Race Room near Reel Cinema, Mario Kart near Geek Nation, RC Drift Race opposite Reel Cinemas and the grand car gatherings in the area.
Throughout the show, leading personalities of the UAE motoring circuit converged at City Walk including drift driver Dany Neville, Rabab Al Tajer, the first Emirati woman rally driver and Emirati kart racing driver, Haytham Sultan, among others.
The festival offered a celebration of sophisticated craftsmanship, unbridled power, engineering brilliance and sheer motoring magic with exhibits across a variety of categories – 4×4 and Big Foot, Bikes & Trikes, Tuned Cars, Classic Tuned Cars, and Super Cars. The event also provided visitors an opportunity to meet and watch some of the region’s best automotive technicians and builders in action.
Friends and families competed with one another at the venue’s interactive “Race Room” that simulates a real-time race track scenario or participate in an”RC Drift Race” at the festival – each for a nominal fee. Meanwhile, kids enjoyed an exciting and real life game of “Geek Nation Kart.”
Saleh Al Geziry, Vice President – Retail Marketing, Promotions and Recreation, Meraas, said, “City Overdrive captured the spirit of Dubai’s auto enthusiasts and showcases a versatile range of motoring marvels from vintage classics to customised super cars. Following the success of the motoring festival’s first edition, we are delighted to announce the return of the festival, backed by a line-up of credible influencers from across the country. We find that a lot of our visitors at City Walk were very passionate about their cars. We urge all car enthusiasts not to miss the bigger and better second edition of ‘City Overdrive’ at City Walk.”
In addition to all the breath-taking action, exclusive car groups from across the city will showcase their unique automobiles during weekends. Visitors are also invited to experience an exclusive underground party in City Walk’s basement parking space where car enthusiasts will gather and reveal their kitted up and modified cars.
An urban-living destination by Meraas, City Walk spans an area of more than 10 million square feet. A family-friendly hub that seamlessly combines living, shopping, entertainment, hospitality, and wellness options within one integrated space, City Walk offers visitors a unique sense of community and comfort.

Centro Art Competition

•April 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hotel holds Ramadan art competition

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 27, 2016

SHARJAH: With the holy month of Ramadan quickly approaching, Centro Sharjah partnered with Manzil Centre for children with special needs to conduct an art competition with the students by giving them the theme ‘Ramadan in Sharjah’.
The winning designs from the competition were selected to feature as art design for the Ramadan Brochure showcasing the Iftar & Suhoor offerings at the hotel.
The event started with the judges from Centro Sharjah and Manzil short-listing the best designs from the 40 entries that were received. After selecting the winners, all the students were felicitated with a certificated and goodie bag of gifts from Shurooq.
“Our approach this year was to involve the community in Sharjah and use the event to highlight the outstanding talent and creative skills of children with special needs” said Michael Kasch, General Manager of Centro Sharjah.

PAD-Beach Clean

•April 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Beach clean-up drive a success
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 17, 2016

DUBAI: Hundreds of members from the Pakistani expatriate community residing in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman took part in a day-long clean-up drive.
The Cigarette Litter and Beach Clean Up Day activity held at Mamzar Beach, Dubai saw participation from members of the Pakistan Association Dubai and its youth wing. The drive was organised by the Pakistan Youth Forum under the banner of “Cigarette Litter and Beach Clean Up Day” in collaboration with Dubai Municipality and its initiative “An Hour With The Cleaner”.
The objective of the activity was to collect cigarette butts during the beach clean-up and spread awareness about the misconception that they are biodegradable. More than 200 enthusiastic members and students of Pakistani schools, universities and community participated in the clean-up campaign.
Participants were to collect dumped cigarette butts and trash on the beach in their respective teams. Two teams won, both schools – Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School, Sharjah and Al Amal English High School, Sharjah – collected the highest number of cigarette butts. The teams awarded with shields and all the participants in the activity received certificates.
Dr Faisel Ikram, General Secretary of Pakistan Association Dubai, expressed his gratitude towards the participants in coming together for an educational morning as a unified community. The Acting Consul General of Pakistan Samar Javed – Pakistan Consulate, Welfare Consellor – Pakistan Consulate, Haroon Malik, and The Head of Diera Cleaning Operations – Dubai Municipality, Ali Abbass, were also present at the occasion. They thanked members of the community and students for their participation in the Awareness Campaign.
The partners of the Cigarette Litter and  Clean Up Day included Ramada Hotel Ajman cool and cool, Al Rawabi, Dubai Refreshments,  Dubai Municipality, Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School Sharjah, Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School Ras Al Khaimah, Al Amal English High School Sharjah, Omer Bin Al Khattab Pakistani Islamia High School Ajman, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST) Dubai, and Skyline University College, Sharjah.

Interview: CDA DG

•April 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

CDA, other govt bodies showcase their services at exhibition

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 12, 2016

DUBAI: The Community Development Authority Dubai – in the three-day Dubai International Government Achievements exhibition – along with other government departments showcasing their services and achievements.
This was stated by Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA) while talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of the event being held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday. Their presence at the exhibition, he pointed out, is to present the community with a number of services being provided by the CDA for the different segments of the community, seek out their needs, and make them happier.
Regarding a question related to the recently launched smart phone application for the registration of volunteers, he mentioned that so far the response from community has been amazing.
“Even today, we are seeing benefits for Sharjah-based organisations through this service, and even those working in Dubai are benefiting. Organisations in Dubai are asked to register their events online and get volunteers according to their needs and requirements. It helps the department streamline such activities in the emirates,” he added.
At the CDA pavilion, senior officials were available to showcase the wide range of services and upcoming plans.
Al Kamda pointed out that a number of recent services have been popularised by the community, and a great number of participants showed their satisfaction with the department.  “The CDA has been running an Elderly Centre, one of the most popular among the senior citizens, and they receive daily visits from young people.
The centre is a place where elders meet youths and exchange experiences.

Comic Con 2016

•April 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Fans meet their idols at Comic Con fest

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 09, 2016

DUBAI: The 3-day Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC), one of the biggest events for pop culture fans, witnessed a huge line-up of entertainment on the second day at Zabeel Hall in Dubai World Trade Centre.
The event, a haven for comic book lovers and diehard fans of pop culture, opened on Thursday and will run until Saturday with a wide range of activities from meet and greet of their heroes, workshops and live performances.
Comic Con is a widely popular event among young fans in the UAE, regardless of their nationality. Fans from different backgrounds are seen attired in their favourite characters from Games of Thrones to Star Wars, especially from a wide range of sci-fi genre.
On the first day, fans witnessed the rollout of a digital “red carpet” for a live video conference with the godfather of comics Stan Lee, while many didn’t miss out on seeing the Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and helping fans capture the perfect selfie, or meeting Ash Ketchum voice artist Veronica Taylor.
Lee joined us live from LA via video link to answer burning questions from a full house of fans. He let fans in on a few secrets, including that one of his favourite cameos was in the Avengers movie and his most loveable character is Spiderman’s Aunt May.
Star Trek fans grabbed pictures with the original Captain’s chair from the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond” feature, filmed right here in Dubai.
They also had the opportunity to see the exhibition from above and zip-line right across the hall. Visitors also checked out the new Samsung virtual reality googles and experienced a fresh world of gaming.
One of the most talented veteran comic book artists, Whilce Portacio, was around to answer fan questions about his years of experience and work with X Factor, Uncanny X Men and Heroes Reborn: Iron Man.
A number of visitors registered to take part in workshops where they learned about techniques and experiences of prominent artists from local to regional.


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