Mother’s Day

•March 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

‘Thank you Mama’ event held at Rashid Centre

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 26, 2015

DUBAI: The students of Rashid Centre for the Disabled organised a day-long event to celebrate Mother’s Day under the banner of “Thank You Mama” where a group of prominent women were also awarded.
The chief guest at the celebration was Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Managing Director of the Rashid Centre, while Sheikha Dr Hind Bint Abdul Aziz Al Qasimi along with differently-abled children and their mothers were part of the event. JAMIL-Rashid-MothersDay1
The event was also attended by several female media personalities, celebrities, businesswomen and philanthropists included Madiha Muarej, Ilham Chahine, Somaya El Khashab, Fatima Al-Jassem, Batool Arafa, and many more.
As part of celebrations, a group of students presented a musical performance to express their gratitude towards mothers, while other groups performed dance and other acts to enthral the audience.
Maryam Othman, Director General of the Centre, welcomed the guests and highlighted the role mothers play, especially those with differently-abled children.
She also highlighted the services of Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, President of the General Women’s Union and Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council, also known as ‘Mother of the UAE’.
She said that Mother’s Day celebrations at Rashid Centre was being held especially to honour mothers of disabled children as well as women who have played an inspirational role in society as a sister, mother, wife, friend, business leader, etc.
She thanked Sheikha Hind Bint Abdul Aziz Al Qassimi and Sheikha Fatima Bint Hashim Bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum for gracing the event with their wonderful presence.
Later certificates and gifts were conferred to the prominent mothers.

Nurseries’ kids celebrate Mother’s Day
Al Hikma, a leading distributor of high quality organic and natural skin products in the UAE, and Al Ryadah Nursery, a renowned early learning centre, teamed up to celebrate Mother’s Day with a twist this year.
The nursery decided to go the extra mile and give mothers special attention by hosting activities that include free skin checkups and consultations. Al Hikma also had an open dialogue with mothers to help them address various skin problems and identify solutions. The company said this will bring benefit to all mothers, especially with the approaching hot weather.
Mothers of kids from Al Ryadah Nursery enjoyed free check-ups by Al Hikma specialists and cosmetics experts.
“It is important to help mothers tackle their skin issues before the onset of summer. We feel that this campaign provided the ideal opportunity to spotlight women’s skin problems and solutions.
“It is true that moms are on duty 24/7 and play multiple roles as cooks, nurses, teachers, cleaners and drives, among other jobs,” said Ratiba Ayad, Vinoderm Brand Manager.
“Apart from conveying gratitude to mothers, the move is in response to the growing need to raise awareness of increased risk of skin issues. Mothers tend to be very busy, especially working mothers and it is very important to be alert about protecting their skin and checking for changes despite their busy schedule,” added Ayyad.
Soumia Moussa Al Ryadah Nursery Manager said: “We are very keen to salute the most important person in our lives. We have celebrated Mother’s Day with a twist this year instead of the conventional flowers and cards. We have decided to offer the mommies of our children some health related services, skin tests and advice on maintaining a radiant skin, especially with the  change in weather in the UAE.
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75th Pakistan Day In UAE

•March 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Pak community celebrates National Day with fervour

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 24, 2015

DUBAI: Community members from Pakistan in the UAE along with their brethren all over the world celebrated the 75th National Day of Pakistan with fervour in Pakistan’s embassy in Abu Dhabi and its consulate in Dubai on Monday.
The major function held in Abu Dhabi had Asif Durrani, Pakistan’s Ambassador in the UAE, as the chief guest while members from the community and others were also present to witness the hoisting of the national flag and presentation of official messages from the President and the Prime minister.Ambassador of Pakistan to UAE Asif Durrani and distinguished Expat Pakistanis cutting cake to commemorate the 75th Pakistan National Day at Pakistan Embassy Abu Dhabi on 23-03-2015
The ceremony began with the hoisting of the national flag and playing the national anthem, students from Pakistani schools and the expatriate Pakistani Christian community all sang together. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador welcomed the community members and recalled the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan’s forefathers for the independence of the Muslims of South Asia.
He said, “Pakistan was both our identity and destiny.” He further pointed out that in its 68 years, Pakistan had witnessed many challenges and measured up to each one with resilience and resolve. In this context, he also mentioned the success of the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in the light of the latest terrorist attack on a Peshawar school.
Recalling the historic struggle of the Muslims of South Asia for a separate homeland under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the community was urged to play their role with dedication and commitment to make Pakistan a stronger and prosperous country.
Highlighting the fraternal bonds between Pakistan and UAE, Ambassador Durrani expressed satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral relations and said that under the present leadership of both countries, the relations would be further strengthened.
A large number of community members residing in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman were part of the celebration in the consulate in Dubai, members from all walks of life attended the ceremony.
The ceremony began with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran while the Consul General, Javed Jalil Khattak, hoisted the national flag at the consulate’s premises and the national anthem was read by the whole gathering. He read the messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to the audience.
In his address, the Consul General recalled the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan’s forefathers for a separate homeland.
He said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Founding Father of the Nation, envisioned a country where Muslims could lead their lives according to their own values and traditions, while the non-Muslims would also be free to practice their own religion.
Khattak stressed upon forging unity among the rank and file of the Pakistani community and mentioned that the Pakistani nation had witnessed many challenges and measured up to each one with resilience and resolve.
He extended his warmest felicitations to the Pakistani community residing in the Emirates and urged them to work tirelessly for the progress and development of the UAE.
“Every community member in the UAE has the responsibility to spread the message of unity and support Pakistan through their gestures as a long journey is ahead to make the country prosperous,” he added.
As part of the tradition, prominent community members along with the Consul General cut a huge cake to commemorate the 75th National Day.
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SCHS-University of Seoul

•March 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

SCHS, Seoul University launch mobile app making competition

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 24, 2015

SHARJAH: For university students with the knowledge and interest in designing mobile phone applications, a competition to design assistive applications was announced on Monday. The competition was launched by the Assistive Technology Center at Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) in cooperation with Seoul National University Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT), with the sponsorship of LG Electronics.
The launch ceremony held at the University of Sharjah was attended by Sheikha Jameela Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the General Manger of SCHS, Professor Lee and Duk Young Kim, the President of LG-UAE along with prominent dignitaries. schs-11
According to the officials, the launch of the competition is part of the ongoing cooperation between SCHS and QoLT. Sheikha Jameela,  Professor Lee and Duk Young Kim signed a MoU for the competition which aims at raising awareness between university students about the importance of assistive applications that support and assist people with disabilities.
“In the first year of the competition, the shortlisted students who applied for the competition will be given 2-week training to design a web-based Java application to benefit people with special needs. Later the competition will be spread to other platforms like 3D printing, software for wearable gadgets and designing hardware to provide maximum benefit to the people with disabilities,” said Professor Lee while presenting the competition’s its rules and regulations.
The first phase of the competition (from April to mid-August) will be for the submission and screening of the applications, 40-50 students will be selected to go to the second stage of the competition, at which selected students will undergo an intensive course in assistive application development.
Furthermore, the students will be divided into groups to start the development of the assistive applications.
The third and final phase (mid-September) will be the selection of the winning assistive application in the competition.
The team with the best assistive application will travel to Seoul to participate in the HCI conference where they will gain more experience so as to expand their knowledge and creativity to assist them in the development of technologies that will cater to people with disabilities.
The winning team will visit LG Electronics headquarters and take a sightseeing tour in Korea.
The competition is part of the ongoing efforts of the Assistive Technology Center at SCHS to highlight and raise awareness about the need for assistive services, and to encourage university students in the UAE to unleash their creativity and create innovative solutions that will help people with disabilities.
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Mega Mall Honours 5 Mothers

•March 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Five women receive ‘mom of the year’ surprise

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

SHARJAH: Many mothers from different nationalities were gathered at the Mega Mall in Sharjah to celebrate Mother’s Day in which a number of surprises were set by the mall management to enthral its visitors.
As part of the Mother’s Day evening, the mall which is also Sharjah’s one-stop shop for shopping and dining, a group of five prominent women from different parts of the country were given “Mega Mall Mother of the Year” award while performances by young and professional artists also enthralled a large number of families.
The event, which took place on Saturday at the mall’s Water Court, featured amazing giveaways and remarkable surprises. More importantly, it provided children with the opportunity to pay tribute to their beloved mothers on this very special day. JAMIL-MegaMall-MothersDay1
The award ceremony at the Mother’s Day celebration was one of the prominent features. The awards were presented to the loving and devoted mothers, in recognition of their indelible contributions, as fiercely loyal customers, to  Mega Mall’s success. They were chosen based on the impressive number of points amassed on their Mega Mall Loyalty Card.
As part of their prize, these mothers were treated to a full day of pampering. They indulged in beauty and skin care treatments, shopping sprees, and extraordinary dining and entertainment experiences at Mega Mall.
In addition to receiving an array of gifts, the award-winning women also shared their touching, inspiring journeys as mothers on stage, while accepting the award.
For visitors at the mall, various activities were set, including play a spin-the-wheel game and sharing personal anecdotes about their own mothers for the chance to walk away with a gift.
“At Mega Mall, we have orchestrated an extensive line-up of exciting family activities aimed at providing mothers with a truly memorable day filled with love and emotion,” said Abdullah Al Khamis, Mega Mall’s HR and Government Relations Manager.
“Mothers play a pivotal role in their children’s lives. They serve as indispensable pillars of comfort for their families. Our Mother’s Day festivities were especially created to show these women our strong appreciation for their hard work. This sheds light on the countless and invaluable lessons that they have taught us along the way. We hope that these powerful women enjoy an unforgettable Mother’s Day at Mega Mall!”
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PSCS Awards High Achievers

•March 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Pak social centre honours achievers for National Day

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

SHARJAH: The Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah (PSCS) conferred recognition awards to a number of high achievers in the  community  at a ceremony held as part of the country’s National Day celebrations.
The ceremony was organised the social centre to celebrate the country’s 75th Resolution Day and  various activities organised from awards to prominent community achievers to performances by students as well as song performances by amateurs.
The chief guest at the event was Javed Jalil Khattak, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai, while a number of officials were also present at the event.
Khalid Hussain Chaudhry, the President of PSCS, pointed out in his welcome address that prominent members of the community who were distinguished in their particular fields should be honoured. The PSCS, as part of the commitment to the Pakistani community residing in Sharjah and other Northern Emirates, always comes forward in this regard.
He also highlighted the services of various community members especially top-ranking  students from the Pakistani schools who highlighted the country’s soft image to achieve higher position in their annual examinations.
Similarly, the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), to mark the Pakistan Day and keeping the tradition alive, is organising a function “Pakistan Day Awards Ceremony” on March 27 at 8:30pm at its premises.
The event will include a variety of segments like presenting tableau, national songs and an important segment of the event would be to recognise the services of individual Pakistani in their respective profession, field of interest or any act reflecting a positive image of the Pakistan in the UAE.
“In this regard, the association – to recognise the efforts of prominent community members in their respective fields – will be awarded “Pakistan Day Awards” to recognise their services for community members, as well as promoting the country’s soft image in the UAE,” said Syed Tahir Zaidi, joint secretary of the association while talking to The Gulf Today on Sunday.
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Citi-Toys R us – Hold Fun Day For Kids

•March 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Free toys, competitions add fun to Mother’s Day celebration

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 21, 2015

JAMIL-Citi-MothersDay-1DUBAI: Hundreds of families along with their children turned up to participate in a day-long, fun-filled event to celebrate Mother’s Day as young kids were given unlimited opportunities to showcase their talent in drawing and building their favourite designs with the help of Lego bricks.
The event was organised by the Citi Credit Cards Team in the UAE as part of its customer engagement efforts in collaboration with Toys R Us, Lego, Crayola and Dubai Festival Centre on March 21.
The bank invited their credit card customers and their children for a full day of activities at the Toys R Us outlet in Dubai Festival City. As the day started, more than 700 kids within the first couple of hours got a chance to compete in various competitions of Lego building, apart from which they also enjoyed Crayola colouring, participated in face painting activities and snapped pictures at the photo booth as well as won many exciting prizes.
Besides all these activities the highlight of the day was the “Golden Minutes” where all kids got the opportunity to pick a toy of their choice — courtesy of Citi. For this, an exclusive section with a huge variety of toys to cater the needs of children of all ages were set up within the Toys R Us where children could be seen picking a toy of their choice.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Dinesh Sharma, Citi Consumer Banking Head for Middle East and North Africa said, “This is our way of thanking our loyal customers who contribute to our continued success in the UAE.
“Through these events we hope to strengthen their trust in Citi and delight their little ones during a day of fun and games.”
He added that their clients were their best ambassadors and the bank continuously strives to create engaging experiences and exceed their expectations.
Devendar Agarwal, Assets Head UAE and Bahrain Citi said, “The participation in different segments by the children in building different things with the help of Lego blocks as well as other activities like drawing paintings were not only mesmerising their parents but all those who were present. We will definitely host such family-oriented activities for our clients in future as this was the first time in the country that a bank organised such event for its clients and their families,” he added.
Throughout the day a total of nine sessions were held in which children participated in different activities and won fabulous prizes.
Those who were also present included Anil Shahani, Managing Director of Lego Middle East;  Amarnath, Managing Director of Crayola Middle East; Mahmoud Mady, Buyer at Toys R us, Middle East and Dinesh Sharma, Citi Consumer Banking Head for Middle East and North Africa.
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Two Classrooms Opens @ Rashid Centre

•March 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Philanthropists open classrooms for disabled children

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Mar 21, 2015

DUBAI: Children with special needs at the Rashid Centre for the Disabled received corporate support on Thursday as two new classrooms were inaugurated.
The classrooms, which boast of many facilities for the disabled children, have received the backing of philanthropists as a sign of their support for the cause of helping children with special needs.
Dr Ayman Al Baya’a, Chairman of Al Wasl International Group Advocates & Legal Consultants and Ambassador of Goodwill, inaugurated one of the classrooms in the presence of media and children from the centre.
Dr Ayman is a well-known figure and has been awarded by Cairo Bar Association for his human rights based work in Egypt in 2008 and by Al Amal Institute for the Disabled for defending the rights of the disabled to lead a normal life.
Talking to the media after signing a memorandum of understanding to provide all the required support, Ayman assured that his firm will provide all the necessary legal services to Rashid Centre free of cost as part of their support towards the cause of benefiting people with disabilities.
The signing ceremony was attended by Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman of Rashid Centre; Maryam Othman, Director General of  the Rashid Centre and a number of supporters from different industries.
The other classroom was inaugurated by Dr Rajen Kilachand, Chairman of Dodsal Group. This classroom will carry his family name, as they provided all the required funds to set up the new classroom.
Kilachand, who is a well-known philanthropist, supports educational & humanitarian missions, and has so far committed over $50 million to such initiatives.
“The joy to see the smile on the faces of these special needs children is eternal happiness. This is the first step to extend support for Rashid Centre and we are assuring the management of Rashid Centre our continued support,” he said.
Talking to the media, he appreciated the management of the Centre for operating the facility with diligence and maintaining a high standard for the young disabled people.
“We will not only continue our support for this centre but will also set up more centres to facilitate the children with special needs on the pattern of Rashid Centre,” he announced.
Being an active businessman, Kilachand has taken part in various projects around the world, from building and laying gas line pipes in the harsh Sahara desert; developing gold mines and gas fields in East Africa; building electricity grids in Libya and water supply projects in Indonesia; constructing nuclear power stations in India; building oil refineries in Europe and many such projects.
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