Rashid Centre students raise spirits of patients

•June 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A group of students from the Rashid Centre for the Disabled visited patients at Al Baraha Hospital in Dubai on Monday as part of the Year of Giving initiative.
The group of students was led by Maryam Othman, CEO of the Centre and accompanied by businesswoman Reem Bou Samra. Moza Al Shamsi, Director of Public Relations at the hospital, received the group while a number of doctors and paramedical staff were present on the occasion. During the visit, the students of the Rashid Centre for the Disabled toured the hospital’s departments, and learned about its equipment, how it works, and distributed gifts among the patients.
The gifts were donated by Reem Bou Samra for the sick children in the hope of drawing a smile on their faces. “We are used to visiting a number of humanitarian and medical institutions and centres, including Al Baraha Hospital in Dubai, with whom we have close relations.
“We visit patients every year,” said Maryam Othman, CEO of the Centre. “In Islam it is Sunnah to visit the sick and we have to embed these values in our students as the children received the gifts with a smile on their faces. Such visits have a great impact on us. It is our duty to build social and friendly relationships with elderly homes, hospitals and other centres mainly to care and share our feeling of compassion and alleviate the pain. I think such steps are really needed in the community.”
Reem Bou Samra stressed on the importance of this visit and expressed her delight at the participation of children of Rashid Centre for the Disabled. “Visits like these to the hospital and seeing young patients can undoubtedly bring a smile on the faces of the sick. They deserve all the love and care from the outside world,” she said.
At the end of the visit Maryam Othman handed over the plaque of Rashid Centre for the Disabled to Moza Al Shamsi, confirming the deep relationship between the two parties.
-Published At The Gulf Today

PAD ‘Ramadan food packages’

•June 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

PHILANTHROPISTS from the Pakistan community have targeted over 1,200 deserving families to provide food items for a month and hand over a Dhs300 shopping card as its annual Ramadan Food Package.
At a press conference in its premises on Monday evening, the office-bearers of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) divulged the details of month-long Ramadan activities with the support of community members towards needy families, free Iftar distribution, helping inmates, cleaning a mosque, organising a free medical camp for labourers and others.
The month-long activities is being carried in line with the ‘Year of Giving’ announced by the UAE President.
The press meet was attended by Dr Faisal Ikram, Acting General Secretary, Shahid Islam, Welfare Secretary, officials from the Pakistan consulate…
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PAD-Indus Hospital sign MoU

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

PAKISTAN Association Dubai (Pad) in a ceremony has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indus Hospital to provide affordable healthcare facilities to the community in Dubai.
The collaboration with Indus Hospital signed in an event theme of ‘Giving back to the community’ in the premises of Pakistan Auditorium.
Indus Hospital is serving the Pakistani community in Pakistan since last 10-years with their motto ‘Quality Care – Free of Cost’. And the hospital has obtained licensed by the International Humanitarian City Dubai last year.
Dr Faisel Ikram General Secretary Pad welcomed Dr Abdul Bari Khan CEO Indus Hospital and his team and thanked them to be part of Pakistan Centre which includes Pakistan Medical Centre. “As a Pakistani working abroad, we have strong feelings of doing something for the country. We are really impressed and moved by the high level of commitment…
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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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