Pakistani students attend workshop on sustainability

•September 4, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A group of Pakistani students from different schools attended a day-long workshop on sustainability and learned about the climate change and how to protect Planet Earth.
The workshop was part of the series of weekly events under the 2-month PYF Summer Academy to hold various activities for the community students.
“The purpose of this workshop and other events as part of the Summer Academy was to provide education and in-depth knowledge on different subjects through the industry experts. Today we had a highly qualified expert from Siemens who highlighted various aspects of climate…
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Over 60 Pakistani students get appreciation award

•September 4, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

As many as 65 students from different academies who participated in the Pakistan Youth Forum (PYF) Summer Academy have received appreciation certificates at a ceremony held in the Pakistan Association Dubai.
The summer academy hosted by the PYF for schools held seven workshops during July and August.
PYF is the youth arm of PAD and works with the community youth in education, health and youth empowerment. The workshops were an effort to instil twenty-first century skills in the youth to give them an overview of subjects beyond their regular curriculum.
Addressing the students and parents, Nissmah Atif, chairperson of PYF said, “The objective of the summer academy…
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Pakistani expats celebrate nation’s 73rd Independence Day in UAE

•August 15, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Pakistani expats in the UAE have celebrated the country’s 73rd Independence Day with zeal and enthusiasm to hold two official ceremonies in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Community representation from all segments of life attended the ceremonies and also vowed to continue their support with Kashmiris especially in the revoking of their special status recently by the government of India.
The official ceremonies were held at the Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi while another was held in Pakistani Consulate in Dubai. A large number of UAE-based Pakistanis including women and children attended the ceremony.
Ghulam Dastgir, Pakistani Ambassador to the UAE, started the ceremony by hoisting the national flag. Independence Day messages of the President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were read out.
In his address, Ambassador Ghulam Dastgir, while felicitating the Pakistanis on the auspicious occasion…
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PAD’s initiative aims to empower women

•August 15, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Following the footsteps of the UAE government which has proved to be an excellent model for women’s empowerment, the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has set up a Ladies Forum to empower women of the society by discovering their hidden talents, honing their skills and helping them overcome struggles.
Talking to the Gulf Today, Sadaf Ather, Vice President, PAD Ladies Forum has shed light on the establishing of the forum recently and its role to bring Pakistani women especially housewives and professionals on a platform to work together.
“Ladies Forum is another innovative initiative of PAD and it is a gathering of genius minds to contribute and give back to the community. Like several wings of Pakistan Association …
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Using reward money for a noble cause

•August 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The winner of ‘Better Starts Now’ competition Shobhika Kalra has received AED25,000 for her ‘Wings of Angelz’, an organization working to bring wheelchair access to people of determination in the UAE and across the world. And now she intends to utilize the funds to launch an app to build a database of places that require ramps.
Shobhika Kalra, a wheelchair bound young lady diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare inherited degenerative disorder, at a very young age. She is also founder of the Wings of Angels is on a mission to enhance the lives of people on a wheelchair.
The organization is working to bring wheelchair access to people of determination in the UAE and beyond through its efforts and raising awareness on various platforms. Recently Kalra was presented with a prize of AED 25,000 for her cause, ‘Wings of Angelz’ – a CDA licensed nonprofit entity that aims to make the world more wheelchair accessible – one ramp at a time.
Keiji Kato, Citizen’s General Manager-Middle East commented “The ‘Better Starts Now’ campaign believes that no matter who you are or what you do it’s always possible to make something better, and now it the time to start doing it. The campaign attracted a fantastic response from many people representing many nationalities and backgrounds, all of whom had put our philosophy into practice. Meeting them and listening to their individual stories has been incredibly inspirational, and we are very pleased to be supporting the winner, Shobhika Kalra with their very worthy cause.”
Citizens of the UAE who have shown indomitable spirit and determination either founding or benefiting a wealth of charities and causes, were celebrated at Citizen’s Better Starts Now Awards event.
The Japanese watch brand launched a campaign to mark its one hundredth year of ambitious watch-making at the end of 2018.
It involved seeking out those members of the public who exemplify its “Better Starts Now” philosophy, a belief that there should always be an endeavor to improve the world we inhabit. The Better Starts Now awards event saw ten deserving finalists who had entered the competition come together to have their compelling and uplifting stories told to guests, judges and Citizen’s management, before a winner was announced.
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First AI-themed café in Dubai soon

•August 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

With its leadership and the strategy to be pioneers in technology use the UAE has been ranked top in the Middle East with respect to its readiness to be the number one nation in artificial intelligence.
The country started to embrace advanced technology and its purpose to employ this modern technology in order to upgrade its population quality of life and make them the happiest. All this is set to play a central role in the country’s Centennial 2071 project.
In this regard, Dubai will soon witness the opening of the first artificial intelligence themed café in the emirate and the world. The unique concept cafe is situated in Dubai Festival City and will open soon in August.
The unique café experience comes in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s vision and aspirations to make the UAE the world’s artificial intelligence hub through a well-defined plan of ‘UAE Centennial 2071’.
Robocafé will be the first of its kind and the robots at the cafe can do it all – they will serve foods and drinks and take orders. These robots will follow fixed paths to deliver food and drink orders to customers while also performing light and musical customised shows.
The cafe will be equipped with three robots in the initial stages that aim to help familiarise the public with the technological revolution in automation and artificial intelligence.
Yasmin El Enazi, the Customer Happiness Manager at the company behind the first Robocafe, told the Gulf Today that “it is our pleasure to announce the opening of the first artificial intelligence themed café in Dubai and the world.
“The whole cafe will be fully autonomous. Customers can place their order through a tablet at the entrance, and leave it to the robot arms to serve your brew. In addition to serving coffee, they’re touted to perform musical and light shows too.”
She further added “these are robots and cafe capacity is 60 persons maximum and this is enough to serve this number. There are future expansion plans to be announced later.”
She further pointed that this is not a scene from a science fiction but rather it is a new addition to Dubai’s hangouts for everyone mainly high tech geeks who seek a virtual taste of the future.
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Hot climes make happy times stay indoors

•August 13, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The ongoing hot season with an advisory from the authority to avoid direct rays of the sun has led many revellers to stay inside and enjoy the long Eid Al Adha holidays.
Many expatriates have devised plans on their own to keep themselves busy and happy rather than be lonely. Talking to Gulf Today, expatriates from different nationalities and backgrounds shared their thoughts on the celebratory programmes they were engaged in on the second day of Eid and would continue for the next couple of days.
Shahid Khan, a Pakistani expatriate and a long-time resident of Dubai, said that in the past he was travelling during Eid…
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