Pak Universities In Emirates

•August 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

College session attracts parents, students looking into tertiary education

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 25, 2015

DUBAI: A large number of parents along with their children looking into options for higher education attended an open session and expressed their great satisfaction with the opportunities available in a local university with an affordable tuition fee structure.
The information session held on Sunday evening by the officials of the Future College, Ras Al Khaimah at the Pakistan Association Dubai, catered to the needs of the Pakistani community’s youth who are currently looking for options in higher education.
“We are here to meet the parents and students seeking affordable universities in the UAE and help them pursue their higher education target. Recently at Future College, RAK, we have been affiliated with two prominent universities, Abasyn University, Pakistan and Bath Spa University, UK, to offer a number of degree courses which are highly popular among the young generation gearing to be part of the professional workforce in a multinational environment like the UAE,” said Iftikhar Alam Khan, an official from Future College while talking to The Gulf Today.
The college is also serving as an offshore campus of Peshawar-based Abasyn University affiliated with the Higher Education Commission Pakistan offering a wide range of degree courses to students with affordable tuition fees.
“For new students wishing to enrol in Abasyn University-affiliated courses, they will be awarded a 30 per cent discount in tuition fees for the first year and a 15 per cent discount for those who wish to be part of Bath Spa University’s courses,” said Khan.
The campus is based in the Academic Zone in RAK with all the latest facilities, offering courses to students from the Pakistani, Algerian, Indian, Filipino and other communities.
The Abasyn University offers classes in BBA, BCom, BScs, MBA, MCom, MSc while the Bath Spa University, UK has BA (Hons) Business and management, BA (Hons) Creative Computing and MA Business and Management.
It was the second open day after the first recently held in Sharjah to assist the parents and students make, at the same time, connection with teachers from the two Pakistani schools in Sharjah.
“The response from the first information session was overwhelming, as most of our current students are from Sharjah, while the presence of students from Dubai and Ajman is also remarkable. Our next such session will be held next week in Dubai to address more members of the community, especially those children studying in Pakistani schools in the emirates,” he said.
Samina Nasir, principal of Pakistan Higher Education Academy, Ajman and senior official of the association, has termed the open session for parents and students a need of the hour and a huge opportunity for students to be part of world-class degree courses being offered by a Pakistani university in the country at a reasonable fee.
“I’m sure more and more parents will turn up to show their interest in these programmes being offering by the Abasyn University, RAK and also being recognised by the government,” she added.

Interview: Young Pak IT Pro

•August 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Young Pakistani offers free IT services to community members

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 23, 2015

SHARJAH: The vibrant, young, professional and entrepreneurial force of the UAE’s population has as many stories as there are people ready to serve their communities through their skills.
“To serve your community, especially in a country like the UAE, where there is so much competition, you don’t need an abundance of finances; rather, just good intentions. If you are serious and have good and honest intentions, you could offer your time and skills in which you are in expert,” said Faisal Mumtaz, a young Pakistani national based in Dubai, in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today on Thursday.
He is an expert computer programmer and developer of application (apps) for smart phones. In a recent event to mark the launch of the Pakistan Youth Forum, a wing of Pakistan Association Dubai, he offered a mobile app free of cost as a service to the community. faisal
“I have been in the country for over a year and I’m very impressed with the presence of professionals from all over the world in every sector, taking part in the country’s fast paced development. It is a good sign that the UAE has over 1.2 million Pakistanis present in almost every sector, but there are a lot of blue-collar workers as well,” he said.
He mentioned that he wants to form a group of like-minded people with the intent of doing something for the community. Mumtaz achieved his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Karachi and is serving as a Dubai-based Hungarian Games IT Manager. His initiative is being supported by his two colleagues, Basma Siddiqi, a fashion designer and active social worker, and Fawad Khan, a graphic designer also working in a Dubai-based firm. A number of professionals in Dubai and Karachi are also supporting him to ease the work pressure.
“We are all information technology (IT) experts in different categories. So we are approaching prominent members of the community to help provide our services free of cost to make a difference with the adoption of this technology on the next level. We offer our services for logo design, websites and mobile apps which is one of the fast growing mediums to address the masses,” Mumtaz said.
With the aim of providing technical assistance to community members in their professional life to improve their career, the team has been ready to go above and beyond, offering to make free mobile apps, websites and logos.
“We don’t have money to spare for charity works or do some social work for the community, but we are more than ready to offer our services, not only for mobile apps and other solutions, but also to provide technical assistance as well,” he said.
He was impressed with the successful stories of prominent social workers in Pakistan like Abdul Sattar Edhi and Malik Riaz Hussain. Edhi started his social and welfare work for the community in Karachi some 50 years ago, and is currently known worldwide for his relentless welfare initiatives.
Hussain, who is a business tycoon and is running a very large real estate business throughout the country, also launched a number of welfare projects, setting up free meals for needy people and providing free healthcare facilities in remote areas.
“We have so many stories in which people started, not with money, but with good intentions, and made a difference. This is our aim, to educate and raise people’s awareness, as many people in the UAE are technology savvy. They can be approached by anyone and help offer their unique services without any charge just to serve the community,” he said.
Soon the team will be working on different games application to promote Dubai. At the same time, they will launch a number of apps for individual professionals in different sectors, helping to set a unique example for others to follow in their steps and offer their skills for the community.

Outlet Mall: ‘Rising Little Stars’

•August 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Mall announces ‘Rising Little Stars’ dance competition for children

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 23, 2015

DUBAI: Young children between the ages of 4 and 16 across the UAE with the passion for dance and a wish to become a rising star, are invited to compete and take part in the upcoming ‘Rising Little Stars’ dance competition.
Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG), a UAE-based multi-diversified international conglomerate, has announced the “Rising Little Stars” dance competition for kids and teens from across the UAE with a passion for dancing.
A subsidiary, Dubai Outlet Mall is hosting the event in coordination with its partners, Pynkiss Outlet, Big Brands Outlet and Infinite Ideas.
The mall has said that the auditions for the dance competition start from this weekend and again on Aug 28 and 29. All the finalists will undergo training at a workshop hosted by the mall on various aspects of their performance like styling, choreography and photoshoots.
With top industry experts judging the event, the organisers said that this training will help the finalists turn raw talent into a unique learning experience that will help them build a stronger base in the field of performing arts.
AAHG announces such events to engage the community, customers and society at large by providing a platform where talented young and budding performers/artists can showcase their skills and be appreciated at large.
The winners of the Rising Little Star Dance competition will not only win the coveted title but also amazing prizes and surprises and Dubai Outlet Mall’s Gift Vouchers worth thousands of dirhams.
The grand finale of the event is planned to be held on Sept 11, and interested participants are pouring in on the Dubai Outlet Mall website (, to register for the event.

9th Camp Ka Champ

•August 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Audition in full swing for labourers’ singing competition

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 22, 2015

DUBAI: Thousands of blue-collar workers from various labour camps around the country are taking part to win a place in one of the biggest singing competitions exclusively for the labourers. The audition for the finals of the 9th edition of the “Western Union Camp Ka Champ” presented by du is in full swing from July 23.
So far over 2500 workers have been part of the audition process. Ahead of Sept. 4, a total of 24 teams of two workers will be selected for the semi-finals to be held in mid-October. camp ka champ
The current edition of the Camp Ka Champ was launched on July 23 with several initiatives that are set to take the contest to new heights. The singing competition was initially created with the sole purpose of enriching the lives of the UAE labour community. The contest has grown multi-fold since its inception in 2007 – from three participating companies to 24. In 2015, covering 140 camps, over 4,000 hopeful contestants will be auditioned this year across the United Arab Emirates.
The organisers have told the media that the Camp Ka Champ has commenced on a very positive note with an array of highly talented singers participating in the auditions.
According to Marc Aubry, Vice President Marketing – MEA, APAC, EE & CIS at Western Union, “Western Union Camp ka Champ is now a serious and much anticipated music contest for thousands of people, both as participants and in the audience. We know our customers work hard to support family and friends back home and Western Union Camp ka Champ has been working equally hard to give them a platform that brings out their singing talent in a fun and entertaining way. The progress of this initiative over the years is a game changer in every sense, and we expect this year’s contest will continue to touch the hearts of the thousands of workers in the UAE.”
“As a telecommunications provider, we are in the business of adding life to the life of UAE society. The labour community is a valuable portion of our society, and it is one without which we would not be able to enjoy the beauty of the Dubai skyline. We are thrilled to offer our support to such an engaging community initiative that will definitely put smiles on the faces of thousands. As a responsible business we are required to provide all echelons of society with quality communication services, great deals and most importantly we take a personal responsibility to increase the happiness quotient across UAE societies as we move towards the UAE Smart City Vision,” said Hala Badri, Executive Vice President, Brand and Communications, du.
The three-month long contest which allows free entry for all workers will culminate in a two-member team being crowned “Champ of the Camps” for 2015 at the final on Oct.22.

NaMo (Narendra Modi) In Dubai

•August 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Different evening

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 22, 2015

The recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UAE has set many milestones on the level of strategic, economic and bilateral co-operation between the two countries, but there were also many individuals who witnessed the event as a memorable one for them. Modi In Dubai
Being in the country for the last many years, it was a rare sight for many expatriates to see such a huge public gathering for any visiting foreign premier.
For me, being in the middle of the stadium along with several other mediapersons was a remarkable moment as the field, which usually witnessed felicitation of cricket players, was packed with chairs for visitors to listen to the address.
“The huge stadium filled with Indian expatriates made it look like we were watching a cricket match in Mumbai cricket stadium between two IPL-rival teams. Music, dance and cheers made the atmosphere like a home ground,” remarked Sethi, a media colleague representing an FM radio station based in Fujairah.
He told me hundreds of community members reached the venue 3-6 hours earlier along with families and friends.
Over all, it turned out to be a different evening.

PAD Celebrates 69th I-Day

•August 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Pakistani expats honour nation’s Independence Day with festive spirit

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 17, 2015

DUBAI: A large number of families from the Pakistani community from Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman celebrated the country’s 69th Independence Day organised by the Pakistan Association Dubai.
The event was filled with activities and celebrated by the community members from all walks of life with great enthusiasm at the Auditorium of Pakistan Education Academy, Dubai, all of whom showed their love for Pakistan.
The participants included women, youths and children in costumes depicting the Pakistani flag and showing their affection for their motherland. During the whole event they were waving Pakistani flags in their hands and singing national songs. Throughout the evening, a magic show, quiz competition, face painting, and national dress competitions added more colour to the event. Tableaus and skits were also presented by children showing the national slogans of unity, faith and discipline, and a band of live performers presented various national songs during the event.
Tahir Hasnain Zaidi, the Joint Secretary, welcomed the audience and thanked the public for their active participation in the event. He welcomed the audience and the chief guests of the occasion as well.
For the occasion, Sitara Barooj Akbar was honoured with the shield for her brilliant academic achievements, and Asif Khan Muhammad and Yousuf Khan Mohammad were honoured with shields for their honesty. Dubai Police also honoured these two brothers for their honesty, brining a good name to the country from abroad.
The Consul General and Ambassador of Pakistan presented them with shields and praised their achievements.
Asif Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan and Javed Jalil Khattak, Consul General of Pakistan, were the chief guests of the occasion. The ambassador lauded the spirit of the independence of the youths, and congratulated the expatriate Pakistani community on the celebrations of this special day of independence.
Dr Faisel Ikram, General Secretary, in his vote of thanks congratulated the community for showing their unity on this national day and thanked them for joining in the celebrations. He also thanked the honourable chief guests, Khattak and Durrani, Rana Samar Javed, Head of Chancery-Pakistan Consulate, Dr Riaz Hussain Laang, welfare counsellor, and other dignitaries from the community for their presence.
A large cake was cut by Durrani to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day. Gift hampers were distributed among the participants at the end of the show.
However, events to mark the country’s Independence Day were also held at the Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah, while various groups also held events in different hotels and public places to cut the cake and showcased national songs in the process.

Bazm-e-Urdu Mushaira – Dubai

•August 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

India-Pakistan poetry session slated for Aug 27

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Aug 16, 2015

DUBAI: The second annual Urdu poetry session, Mushaira, will be held in Dubai on Aug 27. Prominent Urdu poets from India, Pakistan and UAE are slated to participate in the event.
Unveiling the details of the occasion at a press conference held at Ghurair Rotana, Dubai, the organisers said the poetry session will be a grand celebration of independence aiming to promote one of the most prominent and widely spoken languages in South Asia.
The Mushaira is organised by Bazm-e-Urdu, a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organisation, on Aug.27 at the Iranian Club, Oud Metha Road in Dubai.facebook-20150814-030458
The organisation was formed to serve the interest of the Urdu language, the fourth largest spoken language in the world, mainly in the Indian sub-continent region. The event is being organised to celebrate the Independence Days of India and Pakistan, two countries where Urdu is a prominent language used daily.
The poets who will enthral the audience include Anwar Shaoor, Abbas Tabish, Ahmad Salman, Salman Gilani and Rakshanda Naveed from Pakistan as well as Manzar Bhopali, Mehshar Afridi, Iqbal Ashar, Johar Kanpuri, Haseeb Soz, Agha Sarosh, Ashok Sahil, Mohamed Aijaz and Khushboo Rampuri from India. Dr Zubair Farooq from the UAE will also share the stage along with Abrar Kashif, who will host the session.
Padma Shree Muzaffar Ali, the famous Bollywood filmmaker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music lover, a revivalist, and a social worker will be the chief guest. He is the producer and director of a 1981 classic movie called Umrao Jaan.
The event will also be graced by prominent Bollywood actor Raza Murad, who is known for his powerful voice. Murad has featured in more than 200 movies in different roles. He is an extremely versatile actor who has left an indelible mark on Bollywood. He is an extremely articulate orator and Urdu is his mother tongue.
Rehan Khan, one of the organisers, told the media that the Bazm-e-Urdu launched an award in 2014 to recognise the services of personalities from the region for the promotion of Urdu language.
“The second Josh-e-Urdu award will be conferred on Shams-ur-Rahman Faruqi, the most prominent Urdu critic based in India. He is a retired Indian civil servant and has spent his entire life serving Urdu. He is already a recipient of Sarswati Award, the highest literary award in India,” he said.
The Josh-e-Urdu Award was been initiated by Bazm-e-Urdu in memory of Josh Malihabadi, one of the most prominent poets of the last century, for service to Urdu language. Josh is one of the very few personalities in the world who has been conferred with both Padma Shree Award in India and Nishan-e-Pakistan Award in Pakistan. His literary contributions to Urdu are unrivalled.
Bazm-E-Urdu is an organisation which is run by volunteers, who are professionals working in different local and multinational companies in UAE. They are brought together by their love for Urdu.


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