Rashid Centre receives two buses in donation

•May 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

RASHID Centre for the Disabled in Dubai offers wide range of services towards students with special needs that has attracted the corporate sector to support the organisation and continue their cooperation smoothly.
In a recent move, Al-Fowz Holding has donated two buses to the Rashid Centre to provide more access to the students from various routes in Dubai through its existing fleet. Currently the centre has a fleet of 15 buses to serve the needs of the students’ transportation.
The buses were presented after the visit of Samer Zuhair Al-Fowz, CEO of the Group who recently visited the Centre and toured the facilities and showed great satisfaction with the services being provided and the programmes and treatment offered to benefit over 300 students.
Maryam Othman, Director of the centre, expressed her profound appreciation for the generous gesture and initiative, stressing that the integration of public and private organisations contributions towards humanitarian organisations is very welcome since the cost of running a centre is extremely high.
Samer Zuhair said that he was very happy to see a huge mix of nationalities benefiting from the programmes offered at the centre. He said that it was a good opportunity for him to donate to a worthy cause and that he was keen to continue donations in the future to provide a better future for the students at the centre.
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Volunteer Appreciation Party-’17

•May 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Special needs children at Al Noor centre show their appreciation for volunteers

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

SCORES of community members who volunteer for Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities were entertained by a group of students with special needs at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party.
The annual appreciation event was organised by the centre to acknowledge the contribution of the volunteers from different segments of the community they were associated with for years.
Isphana Al Khatib, Director Al Noor Training Centre, told The Gulf Today said that the centre had been organising the annual event to invite volunteers and appreciate their devotion to students with special needs and Al Noor Training Centre that provides…
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Interview: Welfare Attache-Dubai

•May 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Pakistan maps out steps to raise awareness of services for its citizens in UAE

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE UAE has over 1.4 million Pakistani expatriates in the country. Though some work in the corporate sector, a large number of them are blue-collar workers. To raise awareness on their overseas Pakistani rights, officials in the Consulate have decided to initiate a series of activities.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Asma Ali Awan, Community Welfare Attaché at the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai and Northern Emirates, shared how they were going to handle the woes of the blue-collar expatriates.
“To raise the awareness of Pakistani expatriates, we are going to display all the relevant information related to immigration, protector, overseas foundation, education, consulate services, welfare services, others in Urdu and English languages. These display boards with all the relevant information on various departments of the Ministry of Overseas will be installed in Pakistan Association Dubai, Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah besides the Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai,” she said.
To address the majority of blue-collar workers from Pakistan, the officials plan to hold activities regularly in camps with the support of community philanthropists. The official assured that they are conducting various activities for labourers in their camps and raising the awareness of their rights. Recently, the consulate organised two events for workers in their camps on Pakistan Day and Labour Day.
The majority of the Overseas Pakistanis have no inkling of the benefits being offered by the Government of Pakistan including life insurance, compensation in case of injuries, legal advice and other services through Welfare Sections in the Consulate and Embassy, benefits at international airports in Pakistan, investment in housing schemes, education and others.
Every expatriate who is seeking a job overseas has to obtain a protector from the Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment. For individuals, the fee for the protector is Rs6,500 and those who seek jobs through promoters have to pay Rs4,500. The fee includes Rs2,000 as welfare fund, Rs2,000 as premium for life insurance and Rs500 for the government exchequer.
Ministry of Overseas Pakistani Human Resources Development organisations have six bodies including Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), Overseas Employment Corporation ( OEC), Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BE&OE), Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) and National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC).
The government has been providing the re-insurance facility since 2001 which is valid for two years.
The insurance was introduced in May 1982 as each emigrant was required to deposit Rs2,000 as insurance premium to cover life risk for a sum of Rs1,000,000 from the State Life Insurance Corporation and Rs250,000 from the Pakistan Overseas Foundation, where the coverage is valid for two years. To ensure that the government continued with the service, the emigrants have to pay Rs2,000 to get a re-insurance. The fee can be submitted along with an application through their respective Protectorate of Immigrants offices where they were issued the protector for the first time.
Less than one per cent of overseas Pakistanis have been availing the re-insurance facility due to lack of awareness.
However, the staff in the welfare section of Consulate in Dubai are available round the clock as they have to facilitate community members to provide all the required documents.
“In case of death of any community member, the consulate has to provide documents on the request of family of relatives of the deceased and most of time by employers to fulfil the local legal documentation and repatriate the body. For deserving cases, the welfare sections provide financial assistance to repatriate the body to Pakistan as one case needed Dhs4,100, while deserving sick patients want to go back home. The department also extends financial support. It is difficult for such families to bear Dhs15,000 in such cases and request the Welfare section to do so,” she said.
The staff in the last five months have issued documents for over 250 dead persons while they also visited hospitals, jails and families to extend their support to people in need.
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Tie-up brings local talent to UAE film industry

•May 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

EMIRATI film producer and director, and founder of The Scene (formally known as The Scene Club), Nayla Al Khaja and Meraas have announced a cultural collaboration between The Roxy Cinemas and The Scene to bring the most relevant, current and sought after festival films in their original formats to cinema lovers across the UAE, enabling them to enjoy both non-commercialised and big blockbuster films in the comfort of Roxy Cinema’s luxurious settings.
Nayla Al Khaja, talking to the media at a news conference held at the Roxy Cinema, Boxpark, Dubai said, “This collaboration provides us a platform to exhibit aspiring homegrown filmmakers, people like Abdulrahman Al Madani, Safia Al Mansouri and Aisha Al Zaabi, showcasing their talents and cultivating a growing audience through a monthly ‘Made in the UAE’ Film Production Series.”
The conference was also attended by the local film industry fraternity to discuss various aspects of the collaboration to bring local talent including Emiratis and expatriates.
The Scene is a private film club that showcases the best of world independent cinema. Founded in 2007 by Nayla Al Khaja, the Club quickly became the largest in the region and represents a powerful shift in altering the perception of cinema in the UAE.
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Workshops to promote skills of differently-abled

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

IN THE presence of patrons and children with special needs, the Rashid Centre for the Disabled officially opened couple of new workshops in the premises to enhance the abilities of its students besides education and rehabilitation.
The series of workshops including Carpentry workshop, Gardening and the new gymnasium were inaugurated by Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman of Rashid Centre For the Disabled, in the presence of officials from National Paints, Bank of Sharjah, Dubai Technology, Issa Al Gurg Charity Foundation and QNET and others.
Prior to the official opening, Maryam Othman, Director of the Centre received the delegations and accompanied them around for a quick tour of the new facilities and briefed on the services being imparting for the students with special needs.
Prior to the official opening, Maryam Othman, Director of the Centre received the delegations and accompanied them around for a quick tour of the new facilities and briefed on the services being imparting for the students with special needs.
During the inauguration ceremony, Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum stressed that the new rehabilitation workshops are part of the Rashid Center students and are staffed by fully qualified staff who can assist the physically and mentally challenged students so that they can cope with life conditions and requirements and rely on themselves.

The inauguration of the new workshops is additional services in the Rashid Center as senior students who graduated from their regular educational and rehabilitation classes are moved to the workshops for vocational training in different sectors. The centre currently offers enrolled more than 300 students and being getting education, rehabilitation and training on exclusive plans.
Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum expressed gratitude to all who contributed and support of the Center financially and morally. “There is no doubt that the presence of such workshops will open wide horizons for the Center’s students, help them achieve their dreams, and achieve the strategy of transforming Dubai into a friendly emirate for the disabled by 2020,” he said.
The new training workshops, which were supported by Noor Bank and Issa Al Gurg Charity Foundation, included the opening of a workshop on gardening that will enhance the productivity of the organic produce in the centre, and train the students a new profession that enables them to rely on themselves and earn livlihood. The new gym and GPS system for all the Cetre’s vehicles sponsored by Ahmed Rafie, a prominent business and CEO Dubai Technology in order to enable the students to strengthen their bodies through the practice of all forms of sport, especially as the management of the center used as a method of treatment and rehabilitation for students with disabilities.
Maryam Othman expressed that the new workshops will help the Centre’s services in the treatment of disabled children and develops special rehabilitation programs to enable them to integrate into society easily.
Later, the centre awarded shields to the sponsors and enthralled by the performances of the students.
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EEG honours 60 waste champions

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Emirates Environmental Group in a ceremony has awarded 60 waste champions for their contribution to the environment.
The award ceremony was held at Ismaili Centre – Oud Metha, Dubai and attended by a large number of school students, representatives of corporate sectors and others.
Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, spoke about the group’s efforts in curbing environmental degradation through waste, littering and wasteful consumption during the annual celebration of World Environment Day.
She said, “Our focus is on providing an alternate to landfilling household waste. For two long decades we have waged our war on waste, targeting various household waste and expanding our outreach to hundreds of committed individuals and organisations. The outcomes of our waste management programmes are indeed very powerful..
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Malls prepare to welcome Ramadan with full gusto

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

WITH the onset of Ramadan, prominent malls and food outlets come to life with dedicated menus and special food and kids’ entertainment.
MERCATO MALL
Mercato in Jumeirah is going to embrace Ramadan with traditional Arabic style decorations to set the appropriate mood and ambience combined with charitable activities, children’s workshops, an abaya exhibition and artisan markets.
During the Ramadan mall visitors will enjoy complimentary coffee and dates in Mercato’s relaxing hospitality tent from sunset every day until 10.30pm courtesy of Patchi. In addition, customers can visit Mercato’s charity henna tent which is provided by Anfasic Dokhoon, from 6pm until 10pm daily, where all proceeds will be donated to Noor Dubai.
Mercato will also run a children’s charity donation campaign through card making workshops every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout Ramadan. This is an initiative in collaboration with Noor Dubai and all proceeds will fund buying glasses for underprivileged youngsters in Bangladesh. The workshops will involve colouring outlined drawings created by Noor Shamma, an Emirati artist who is Noor Dubai’s Ambassador.
Beside this, the mall will host an Abaya Exhibition by renowned UAE designers starting from 6 June – 13 June and from 17 – 27 June ARTE Market will showcase UAE artisans exhibiting and selling unique handmade items made especially for Ramadan. On 3 and 16 June the mall will also host a Ramadan night market.
GENGHIS GRILL
Sharing and giving are two important pillars which Ramadan teaches everyone. As the crescent moon will soon emerge with the onset of Ramadan, Genghis Grill, Abu Dhabi’s favourite ‘Build your own Bowl’ pan Asian restaurant chain invites everyone for a hearty Iftar with loved ones this holy month at sundown.
SUGAR FACTORY
Sugar Factory at Dubai Festival City joins in the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan with an appetising array of food for adults and children alike. Peppermill, the colonial Indian dining restaurant, welcomes the Holy Month of Ramadan with a special set menu and buffet menu of culinary discoveries inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing.
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