Pak artist’s solo exhibition opens

•December 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | ABU DHABI

THERE are multiple threads binding the UAE and Pakistan together; perhaps the most strong and abiding one is the profound cultural and civilisational commonality that runs through our lives, outlook and social fabric.
This was stated by Moazzam Ahmad Khan, the Pakistani Ambassador, while addressing the gathering of “Metanoia”, a series of symbolic abstract paintings using multi medium by Abu Dhabi-based Pakistani artist’s Zari Kaarina Jafri exhibition.
The solo exhibition was held at and in collaboration with the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Art Hub and Poetic Strokes.
The show also saw diplomats from the US, the Netherlands, and dozens of other countries as well as a large number of art lovers.
He said that art and culture are an integral part of any civilisation and an important barometer of the progress and development of a society. “Pakistani art is today an eclectic mix of the traditional and modern, the old and new. Over the years, Pakistan has produced several eminent artists, who have made a mark for themselves, both nationally and internally,” he said.
The embassy is also working to bring prominent artists from Pakistan …
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Kids celebrate World Children’s Day

•December 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

IN celebration of World Children’s Day, a cluster of hotels in Dubai hosted a fun day with a group of children and women from the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC).
In collaboration with DFWAC representatives, the day-long event was filled with fun activities and exciting games, followed by a sumptuous feast of freshly prepared food and gift-giving.
Commenting on the event, Ulrich Hoffmeister, GM of Jumeira Rotana, said: “We are pleased and delighted that we were able to give the children and women of the DFWAC an eventful day of excitement and glee.
“It was a great experience seeing the children and women relishing this momentous event with us.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our great partners like Babyshop for the gifts they have shared with the children.
“Sparkys and Splash N Party for the action-packed entertainment…
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Pak community shows love for UAE

•December 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

THE Pakistani community residing in the UAE has celebrated the 45th National Day of UAE with fervour and in a phenomenal manner.
The Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah (PSCS) organised a huge gathering which was attended by families from community members residing in Ajman, Sharjah and other Emirates. The gathering celebrated the 45th National Day by cutting a huge cake with national colours, while schoolchildren recited the national anthem to express their solidarity with the country.
The event was hosted by the newly elected PSCS office-bearers led by Khalid Hussain Chaudhry, president, and an oath-taking ceremony was held ahead of the celebrations. The ceremony and the rest of the event was attended by Samar Javed, Acting Consul General in Dubai and Northern Emirates, prominent Sharjah-based community businessmen and others.
A family bazaar, live barbecue, music and different indoor activities were also part of the evening in which families and children took part with a great deal of excitement.
Another major meeting was held in Grand Excelsior hotel in Dubai to pay tribute to the UAE heroes. The evening was hosted by Noorul Hassan Tanvir, a prominent community member and supporter of Pakistan’s current ruling party. The event was also attended by Emiratis from different government departments, community businessmen and supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-N hailing from different GCC countries.
Addressing the gathering, Noorul Hassan Tanvir shed light on the UAE’s achievements and praised the leaders. He also urged community members to express their solidarity with the country in their own capacity besides promoting the soft image of Pakistan. “People should learn from the Rulers of UAE whose diligent efforts in every sector have resulted in tremendous success not only for locals but for expatriates from over 200 countries,” he said.
Another event to celebrate the UAE 45th National Day was organised by the office-bearers of former president Pervez Musharraf’s party (All Pakistan Muslim League) UAE-Chapter in Dubai.
The chief guest at the cake cutting ceremony was Muhammad Amjad, general secretary APML while workers from different Emirates were also gathered.
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Dewa head visits Rashid Centre

•December 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE activities to mark Commemoration Day were observed throughout the country by government departments, organisations as well as schools.
In this regard, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), visited the Rashid Centre for the Disabled (RCD). He was received by Maryam Othman, CEO of the centre, accompanied by the administrative and media staff. The visit coincided with Dewa’s activities to observe Commemoration Day.
Al Tayer opened a special arts classroom, and helped the students draw and colour some Dewa-related drawings. The Dewa head and students read and took a group photo. Furthermore, everyone observed a minute of silence, praying to Allah to bless the souls of the nation’s martyrs.
Othman presented to Al Tayer an honorary trophy in appreciation of his continued support to the Rashid Centre for Disabled .
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Pak Consulate to hold open house

•December 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai has decided to hold a weekly Open House (kacheri) every Wednesday.
This event will be starting from next week.
It is intended to address the issues of the Pakistani community living in Dubai and Northern Emirates.
The Consul General will address the Open House and will listen to the issues of the expatriates between 2pm and 3pm at the premises of the Consulate.
The Pakistan Embassy and Consulate General in the UAE will remain closed from Dec.1 on account of the 45th UAE National Day.
The premises will reopen on Dec.4.
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PAD holds 1 min prayer for troops

•December 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

COMMUNITY members and Pakistan Association Dubai staff observed one minute of silent prayer to mark Commemoration Day on Nov.30.
The silence was observed at 11:30am in honour of the heroes who had sacrificed their lives for their beloved country.  The gathering also raised the UAE flag while playing National Anthem in the premises of the association located at Oud Metha Road, Dubai.
Besides members of the association, representatives of various wings of PAD were also present and took part in the observance and expressed their solidarity with the Emiratis.
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Organisations commemorate patriotic festivities with pride, joy

•November 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

PEOPLE from every walk of life in UAE, from locals to expatriates and individuals to the corporate sector as well as the differently-abled, started celebrations of the country’s 45th National Day.
Rashid Centre for the Disabled held a day-long event titled ‘Express your love for UAE’ in its premises on Nov.29 with the attendance of a large number of Arab personalities and celebrities from various fields.
The chief guest was Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, acting chairman of Rashid Centre. Other guests include prominent singers and poets like Fayez Al Saeed, Abdullah Bil Khair, Aryam, Nadia Al Mansouri, poet Abdullah Bin Shamma and Kareem Al Iraqi besides a large number of patrons…
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