Pakistani community celebrates Independence Day

•August 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Thousands of community members residing in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have celebrated the country’s Independence Day with national zeal on Tuesday. The day’s activities started with most important events including flag-hoisting ceremonies at the premises of the Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai.
Both ceremonies were attended by a large number of UAE-based Pakistanis including women and children, who belong to different segments of the society.
Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan, hoisted the national flag in the Pakistan Embassy, Abu Dhabi. Independence Day messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk were read out.
In his address, Moazzam Khan, while felicitating the Pakistanis on the…
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Interview: Arsalan Hasan

•August 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Young Pakistani singer seeks international renown through platform

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Arsalan Hasan, a young Pakistani singer, is the youngest artist in the country who signed with a global platform Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) to represent him internationally.
Hasan has been entertaining music lovers as he is multi-talented: a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, audio engineer, mix engineer, songwriter and composer.
Talking to The Gulf Today, he said, “Before singing I start playing the piano. I got a toy piano on my third birthday.
I started playing the tunes and melodies I was listening to around me. I was in the school choir and I was too shy to sing alone but eventually I started my solo singing career a couple of years back.”
Residing in Lahore, Pakistan, he graduated from A Levels with straight As and is currently studying chartered accountancy. Prior to debuting his international performance at a private function in Dubai last week, he has performed all over Pakistan where he entertained the youngsters in schools and college functions.
“I recently signed with BMI which is known to represent artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift etc. I am the youngest Pakistani to sign with BMI who will represent me internationally,” he said.
He was awarded a scholarship at the Berklee School of Music, US. “I’m the first and only Pakistani to be featured on Radio One Lebanon based in the US which is a matter of pride not only for me but all singers in the country,” he said.
Hasan has won several competitions during his O and A Levels and is working on a couple of exciting projects with multinational brands.
Even though he so far released one single ‘Umeed’ he is working on a number of songs and plans to release them soon with international collaboration. Talking about his appearance in the television series ‘NESCAFÉ Basement’ in Pakistan, he lauded the support and termed the platform as an excellent exposure to an aspiring young musician. “It’s more than just a platform. It’s a whole learning experience,” he said.
Responding to another question, he said, “I think social media has played an enormous role in helping me grow. The amount of people you can reach around the world is unbelievable. People get to know you and your art and its super easy and anyone can do it,” he said.
When asked about his career in singing or chartered accountancy he responded, “I’d love to be an entrepreneur and have my own firm one day but the heart wants what the heart wants. I think music is my true calling and I’d love to keep pursuing it in the future along with being a finance person. Only time will tell,” he added.
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Interview: Dr Wasim Ahmad

•August 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

‘Listening more is key to a peaceful and tolerant society’

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

People these days are being taught to speak rather than listen more for a better understanding of each other and what they are facing in their surroundings. Even students everywhere are not being trained on this which results in facing challenges once they face real-life situations.
This was stated by Dr Wasim Ahmad Malik, author of ‘The HOW of a peaceful and tolerant world,’ in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today recently.13-dr Wasim
He said that the reflections and questions incorporated in the book are those which no one ever answered anywhere. “Since my life in studying, I have been collecting these questions as I did not found anyone who somehow discussed them. I found these questions as my primary responsibility to present in the form of books and push readers to think deeply,” he said.
“I have felt that for a greater tolerance in society, students should be taught speaking skills as well as listening. Nowadays many are teaching speaking skills but that is not enough for having wider aspects of peace and tolerance in the society which can only be built by listening more,” he added.
His book, published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany in 2016, is a collection of reflections and questions that arose in his mind during his academic journey over a decade. “The book is a set of multidisciplinary reflections and questions on issues close to everyone’s life and their immediate surroundings. Over 400 piercing questions and reflections are part of the book’s questions including many one-liners encouraging the reader to comprehend these,” he said.
The book is for everyone from students to people in corporate sectors but most importantly for Muslims to understand the difference between religion and the world while sections discuss the management and leadership related to professionals and educated segments of the society.
There are a number of reflections and questions in this book for Muslims taught the traditional system of education or religious system being carried out in the ‘Madrassah’.
Some of his questions/reflections from the book include knowledge (of what) is power. why and how?; which of the two is a more difficult task and why – listening or speaking?; which of these two are short on actions or ideas?; what is our career on earth?; every ‘leader’ is a ‘manager’ but not every ‘manager’ is a ‘leader’; loyalty is earned, not demanded; a teacher seeks to make his students independent of himself, etc.
As an assistant professor in the American University in the Emirates, Dubai, he presented his book before students and faculty members while also using various platforms to spread his message. “I have a huge network of friends on social media and discuss my thoughts with them while also availing the opportunity of speaking with teachers and students in different schools in different Indian states,” he added.
Malik has completed his early education in a religious madrassah in Azamgarh, UP, India and obtained his PhD from Hamdard University, New Delhi. He did his MA in Arabic Literature from Aligarh Muslim University, India. Since 2001, he is in the UAE and affiliated with academic institutions. His PhD thesis is titled ‘A Critical and Comparative Student of the Western Perception of Islam as Reflected in the Writings of William Montgomery Watt and Kenneth Crag.’
“I have been working on the second instalment of my work as a second book which will be ‘Towards Innovation and Diversity’ to simplify the definitions of everyday matters,” he said.
The book is available in online stores including Amazon.
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Night Of The Masked 2018

•August 9, 2018 • Leave a Comment

First ever ‘Night of the Masked’ on Oct.

MAV events

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

For the first time in Dubai, one of the most prominent fashion, cultural and entertainment events ‘Night of the Masked’ will be held in Dubai on Oct.5 in bid to feast the highly sophisticated segment of the society with the theme of the Baroque era’s rich heritage, arts and culture evening.
Addressing a press conference held at Al Habtoor Palace in Dubai, Fahad Salem Al Marri, chairman MAV Events, along with partners unveiled the details.
“The Night of the Masked is one of the grand masquerade balls being held regularly in prominent cities around the world like Paris, Versailles, Venice, New York and Monaco. We noticed that with all its cultural and entertainment events in Dubai, this one segment is missing and with the support of partners from fashion, grooming and costume sectors we are now bringing this to first time in the city,” he said.
He pointed that this year’s theme will be of the Baroque era’s (1600 – 1750) rich heritage, arts and culture in which the guests will be entertained with fashion shows, grooming and a four-course gala dinner and mainly socialise with other guests don in particular dresses and masks.

Briefing about his company, he said that the MAV Events was founded and named after the founders’ miracle child; “Maverick”. The child who was the sole reason and inspiration how the company came about into venturing a world that is consistently challenging but unique in every detail and absolutely fulfilling such as the world of events.
The press conference was also spoke by partners including Ramzi Alsayed from Oplus, Luci Walze of Nayoumi Saloon, Huda Salem of Almeria Fashion, Julnar of Baravia Fashion and Tatiana Fostrokentova of Palais De Danse.
The MAV Events has taken the challenge of bringing to Dubai the famous grand masquerade ball which is annually taking place in only the key and major cities of the world wherein the company believes Dubai should be among with, like Paris, Versailles, Venice, New York and Monaco. To commence its mission in continuously bringing unique and spectacular experiences in the region.
The Night of the Masked 2018 will be held on 5th of October 2018 showcasing world-class entertainment with the most dedicated, brilliantly creative and hardworking team along with the top caliber precision of the founders. “MAV Events is set to make its mark in the industry as the leader in delivering high quality and amazingly unique experiences in the world of events and entertainment.”
Fahad Salem Al Marri is an engineer who is working in the tough & critical oil industry. He is fascinated with details & quality of any delivered work. He believes that with right knowledge, tools and the right determination, people can achieve their goals and exceed their limitations.
Huda Salem of Almeria Fashion told that they will bring traditional costumes as part of the Night of the Masked with modern touch.
The ticket will be available at AED5000 for each guests.
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400 benefit from amnesty by Pak mission

•August 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

During the first week of the 3-month long UAE Amnesty Scheme ‘rectify your status’, the officials from Pakistan mission have provided service and asistance to more than 700 illegal immigrants with regard to their documentation, obtaining proper papers and so on. The Consul General in Dubai and the other Northern Emirates have already completed the processing procedures of almost 400 migrants.
This was stated by Javed Hassan, Pakistan Consul General in Dubai while talking to the media during his visit to Al Aweer immigration camp on Tuesday. He also met with few of the rectifiers.
The staff who have been made available in the camp from day 1, Aug.1, of the initiative have been providing enormous support to the attendees.
“So far the department has completed rectifying the status of around 400 illegal immigrants. They are now waiting for further guidance from the local immigration authorities. We appreciate and sincerely thank the UAE and its government for launching such a scheme, helping the expatriates overstaying in the country illegally. We have been urging the people from the Pakistani community in the UAE to make complete use of this initiative and to rectify their visa status as soon as possible,” he said.
He also pointed that once the next step is completed, the 400 rectifiers will get their outpass to exit the country.
“Besides the help desk in Al Aweer immigration camp, hundreds of visitors are also being assisted at the Consulate on a daily basis, in order to benefit from the amnesty scheme. Those with minor fines or short overstaying can directly approach the immigration centres in their respective emirates, wherein the authority will assist them,” he said.
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PAD unveils Independence Day celebration events

•August 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has lined up a series of events with fun-filled activities to launch different projects as part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations. The major events will be the ‘Meri Pehchan Pakistan’ on Aug.10 and launch ‘Junior Brick’ on Aug.14.
Talking to The Gulf Today, Muhammad Zaim, an official from PAD, said that the Aug.10 event would be a major entertainment event for families amid activities like a national song competition, a quiz competition based on Pakistan-related questions for children, tableaux and other events for the general public. “To continue the tradition of bringing guests from Pakistan, this year…
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Participants of Arabic short course awarded certificates

•August 6, 2018 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Graduation ceremonies always bring a profound happiness to those who are going to receive. Such happiness was in the atmosphere at the venue set to award the graduates of second Short Arabic Course last week.
Around 20 participants of the course were awarded the certificates as earlier some of them took the stage and narrated short speeches and one participant even recited a short poem in Arabic language.
Hiraz Al-Murr Bin Hariz, Executive Director of Development and Social Welfare Section, CDA distributed the certificates among the short course participants at the Etihad Museum…
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