Pak young tipped on environmentalism

•March 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

PAKISTAN Youth Forum (PYF) of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has organised a tree plantation event to encourage environment friendly behaviours amongst the younger members of the community as well as to mark the Year of Giving 2017.
The two-hour event included introduction to gardening for the students and a sapling planting session for all the attendees. The attendees included students from Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School Sharjah and Sheikh Rashid School Dubai.
“The kids enjoyed spending time with nature and are going back with useful knowledge about taking care of their environment,” said Zeeshan from Sheikh Rashid School, Dubai.
The main goal of the event was to raise awareness of caring for the environment and giving back to nature among school children. This is in-line with PYF- PAD fundamental goals of enlightening, empowering and encouraging the youth through education.
“It is very good to see such enthusiasm and love for nature among the school children. It is vital for us as a community to educate them and create awareness about landscaping and gardening at this age, which will instill social responsibility among them in the coming years,” Ghaus Rahman, in-charge of the nursery, said.
However, contributing to Dubai’s aim of becoming the happiest city in the world, PYF of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) celebrated the World Happiness Day at Mediclinic Hospital, Dubai.
-Published in The Gulf Today

Kids at Rashid Centre celebrate Mother’s Day

•March 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

MOTHERS of hundreds of children with special needs, enrolled at the Rashid Centre for the Disabled, were treated with surprises as kids celebrated the World Mother’s Day.
As part of the World Mother’s Day, the students at the Rashid Centre were engaged in a variety of activities including painting and designing ‘wish cards’ with their favourite messages and presented them to their mothers.
A group of students of different age groups and members of Rashid Stars performed different acts from singing, dancing and drama to express their affection towards their mothers as “Shukran Mama.”
The evening was also attended by Sheikha Fatima Bint Hasher Bin Dalmook Al Maktoum, famous Bahraini actress Zainab Al Askari, along with a large group of mothers of students.
The diferently-abled students expressed their love for their mothers under #Shkura_mama slogan launched by the Centre to celebrate the day.
As part of the open day celebrations, the guests toured the different facilities at the Centre and reviewed the children engaged in the art workshop to produce the attractive and colourful gifts for their mothers.
The tour was accompanied by Maryam Othman, CEO of the centre addressing the gathering.
Actress Zainab Al Askari interacted with students and distributed them special gifts bearing a design distinctive to each student, and received, including some handmade products on the occasion of Mother’s Day. She remarked, “How beautiful is what I saw and what I heard today at the Centre, it’s all due to the beautiful mothers.”
Maryam Othman on the occasion said that the humanitarian role and the affection shown by famous actress Zainab Al Askari has brought profound smiles on the faces of special needs children whom she interacted with during the tour.
“We appreciate all such people who are influential and have made a difference in the lives of children with special needs,” she added.
-Published in The Gulf Today

Happiness Talks spread message of happiness globally

•March 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Spreading the word of happiness and giving and how the two play an important role in making the world a better place were the theme of the evening as Happiness Talks collaborated with The World Speech Day for a talk held in Dubai.
The talk saw 15 speakers take to the stage through the platform of Happiness Talks to share their thoughts about how happiness and giving can make the UAE and the world a better place. The event was held at Mattar Art Centre, Jumeirah, Dubai.
The speakers’ talks about giving, empathy, emotional intelligence, gratitude, inner happiness, making happiness a choice, well-being, health, relationships, purpose and meaning of life for increasing happiness levels, were delivered live for the audience present to learn and adopt from. The evening was also live-streamed …
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GLOBAL VILLAGE FOR ALL

•March 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Anyone who has travelled on Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Road in evenings will not miss the long row of vibrant lightbeams piercing the clouds. The multicolour lights of world famous monuments can be seen from one end to the other.
This is the Global Village and all the hustle and bustle in the area is due to the 21st season of the much-anticipated event in the region that started on Nov. 1, 2016. Its run of 159 days will end on Apr 8.
With its attractions for families catering to children and elders, the current Global Village is full of surprises from entertainment, products from various countries in stalls to choose from to food. Also, the main cultural stage is set everyday for a new cultural show. The massive and beautifully installed ‘main cultural stage’ hosts live concerts every Friday to offer visitors the chance to see their favourite artists from not only from the Middle East and Asia but also from around the world. These include Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Cheb Khalid, Atif Aslam, Mohammad Assaf and Omar Abdul Lat among others. feature-1
The village dubbed as ‘global’ represents over 75 countries in 30 pavilions. These provide a unique shopping experience as one can find handcrafted items in their respective pavilions that represent their culture and tradition.
Besides Algeria, pavilions representing their country for the first time includes Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the Far East Pavilion and in the Eastern Europe pavilion includes Serbia, Romania and Ukraine.
The countries that enthrall visitors every year includes UAE, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine, Russia, Africa, USA, Pakistan, Italy, Lebanon, France, India, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Yemen, Thailand, KSA, Spain, Kuwait, China, Qatar, Germany, Syria and UK.
To cater to the needs of the huge influx of tourists and residents from different parts of the city, the Road and Transport Authority has initiated two new routes, 103 from Union Station and 104 from Al Ghubaiba Station, to provide affordable transport to the venue.
The visitors find the arrangements satisfactory while they visit their favourite entertainment and leisure destination. Besides, ample parking spaces at the entrances of the Global Village, is a great relief for all those who come in their own transport.
To add to the fun, food lovers are offered more than 150 food and beverage outlets covering cuisines from most parts of the world are available at new restaurants, cafes and street-food kiosks.
As a family day-out, the Global Village provides a wide range of traditional food options not only Emirati but from around the world such as Japanese, Thai, Mexican and Mughlai (Iranian, Indian & Pakistani). For children, no matter which nationality or culture they belong to, kiosks offering ice-creams and street food adds to the mix.
One cannot miss the huge replicas of famous structures from around the world providing ample opportunities of taking selfies and group photos in every possible style. The Taj Mahal of India and Pyramids of Giza are some attractions for Western visitors who are seen taking unlimited photographs with their portable cameras and mobile phones. Other prominent replicas are aso on display, attracting huge crowds.
-Published in The Gulf Today

ESMA executes new regulation for lubricating oil

•March 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and Gulf Standards Organisation (GSO) have implemented new regulations relating to the minimum requirements of the approved standards for lubricating oils in vehicles, across the Gulf region.
The service categories of API CG-4, CF-4 and CF are no longer approved for sale in the UAE and are no longer listed in the new GSO regulation. Other countries including Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have also implemented the same minimum standards.
ESMA is supporting the green initiative – environmental…
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SCHS-US College sign MoU

•March 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) and Florida-based US Beacon College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of services to benefit those with learning differences.
The MoU was signed by Sheikha Jameela Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of SCHS and Dr George Hagerty, President of Beacon College at the Sharjah Centre for Learning Difficulties.
According to the agreement, they will evaluate programmes and courses offered for 2017. Based on the success of the programmes and courses, they will reach…
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Exhibition of metal wire artworks opens

•March 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

An exhibition of artworks made from metal wire portraits has opened in a local hotel in Dubai.
The series as Ashkal artwork is done by Mira Mortada who captured the features of 15 people, some real, others fictional in a series of quirky metal wire portraits.
Each portrait is created from a single piece of wire delicately twisted into a human face. The exhibition is titled Ashkal, the plural of the word Shakl which means shapes or forms in Arabic.
Mira Mortada is a Lebanese artist with a BFA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. She started her career in Dubai working in advertising, publishing and branding. She was the Art Editor at Brownbook Magazine before starting Ashkal Artworks, a series of framed metal wire portraits. She is a mom of two and is currently working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
While talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of her first solo exhibition of 15 artworks done by a single metal wire at the Rove Healthcare City, she narrated her journey: “In 2015 we, a group of friends, decided to start some creative sessions and one particular day I ended up with quite an interesting human face with a metal wire which encouraged me to try more and I did practise. The real motivation I got was when I made a birthday present for my husband,” she said.
She created 15 frames with different human faces, some she knew and others just imaginary.
“First I start drawing the face I want to make with metal wire and if it is simple it takes less than an hour, but if it has more details and complicated it consumes much more time,” she described the process and labour about her passion.
The 15-day exhibition, part of Dubai Art Week, is also encouraging visitors to admire her artwork which is also for sale in small frame for Dhs50 and the large ones with more details are for Dhs450.
-Published in The Gulf Today