Ice Age characters enthrall kids at Sahara Centre

•January 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

The winter season seems not to run out of fun activities for children, who take pleasure in outdoor leisure.
In Sharjah, the little ones currently have the chance to enjoy a face-to-face meeting with their favourite Ice Age characters – Sid the sloth and Diego the saber-toothed cat – at Sahara Centre, Sharjah’s leading retail and leisure centre.
As part of its ongoing Spring Promotion, “See the World Like Never Before, that is Ice Age Collision Course,” Sahara Centre has invited Sid and Diego to escape winter and take a sunny holiday in the UAE, where they will be hosted till Jan 20.
Created by Blue Sky Studios, the beloved Ice Age films have captured children since the intrepid Scrat first chased his prized acorn across our screens in 2002. The fifth and latest installment of the franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course, follows the comedy-filled journey of Sid, Diego and pals through the Paleolithic…
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Enthusiasts’ convoy ready to embark on ‘Camel Trek’

•January 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A group of riders will embark on a journey in the desert of the UAE for the third edition of the ‘Camel Trek’ being organised and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC). The convoy with a mixed participation of 13 men and women will be held between Jan.21 to 27.
The week-long expedition will depart from Nakhra area in Dubai on Saturday Jan.21 at 7am and return to Global Village after their one- week journey.
They were selected after showing interest in going back in a journey through time after having registered through the website of HHC…
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Centre for the differently-abled students move Kim Kardashian

•January 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

SPECIAL needs students at the Rashid Centre for the Disabled got their turn to impress the US reality show star Kim Kardashian by showcasing their spell-bounding performances of dance, art and music.
In her recent visit to the Rashid Centre, Kardashian was received by Maryam Othman, Director General of the centre, in the presence of a handful patrons of the organisation.
Kardashian toured several parts of the centre and attended a brief presented by Othman about the centre and the services provided to the differently-abled children. There was also a presentation about the rehabilitation programmes offered by the centre for the differently-abled children to making the children more active members of society. A brief was also presented about the conditions of the children in the centre.
Kardashian had the opportunity to see some of the artistic works made by the centre’s special needs children.
During her visit, she watched a documentary about the history of the centre, which especially covered what had transpired in the last few years. She also had the opportunity to learn about the activities and programmes applied at the centre for integrating differently-abled children in the local society. There was a presentation about the techniques applied in dealing the special needs children at the centre. The centre’s officials explained to Kardashian the local and international events which the children of the centre participate in, highlighting the importance of such participation in developing the abilities of the children.
Kardashian expressed her pleasure about the visit and the time spent with the differently-abled children. She said that she wished she could spend all her stay with the children.
Othman expressed her pleasure for the reality star’s visit. She said, “There is no doubt that the visit of the superstar Kim Kardashian to the centre is an important recognition for the good reputation of the centre at the local and international levels. This visit also highlights the humanitarian side of the Kardashian. All of us at the centre are very happy for the kind visit by Kardashian and the time spent with the differently-abled children. Her good interaction with the children made them happy.”
She added that visits by superstars like Kardashian spotlight the important role of Dubai in the world. “The visit is also very important in raising awareness about for the rights and needs of the differently-abled children,” she added.
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American reality TV stars wow Dubai residents

•January 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE fans of reality TV stars, Kim Kardashian and Scott Disick, in Dubai are filled with delight as the two prominent social media stars are in the Emirate for a number of public and private appearances.
The television star of the American Reality TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” was in Dubai for the grand opening of Sugar Factory located at Dubai Festival City. Disick officially inaugurated the American celebrities favourite brasserie in the presence of Tablez Food Company officials, media, and select guests.
Young fans came in huge numbers only to get a glimpse of the Reality TV stars. But only 30 lucky ones from social media got a chance to come up, close and personal with him with an additional five picked up from the crowd by RJ Brent Black and Scott together.
Each of these winners not only received an autographed picture and a selfie with Scott, but they also enjoyed a complimentary dinner courtesy Sugar Factory.
Amongst the multitude of fans and visitors, Scott was the absolute crowd puller.
From posing for selfies with fans, to giving out Sugar Factory signature “Couture Pops” to young fans, and interacting with the audience, Scott was a complete charmer.
Guests and diners present at the restaurant got a chance to spend time with the reality TV star who sportingly answered questions and clicked pictures with everyone.
A number of fans witnessed Kim Kardashian in leisure mood in different parts of the Dubai including major shopping malls.
The TV star is also scheduled to visit the Rashid Centre for the Disabled.
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Doctoral degree recipients urged to make world a better place

•January 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

IN A simple, but graceful ceremony, 40 students hailing from different countries such as USA, Canada, UAE and Iran, were awarded doctorate degrees.
The students were awarded the degrees by the American Liberty University, (ALU) which is based in California, USA in collaboration with its regional partner Global Learning Centre (GLC) FZC, Ajman. The ceremony was held recently at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The successful students were awarded the doctoral degrees in their areas of research.
The ceremony was attended by dignitaries diplomats, management and faculty of GLC, part of Dubai-based Iqra Group of Companies, as well as family and friends of the graduates.
The awarding ceremony was conducted by Sheikha Azza Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Director General, Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Charity Foundation. Other guests present were the guest of honour, CharithaYattogoda, Consul General, Sri Lanka in Dubai, Rana Sumer Javed, Deputy Consul General, Pakistan Consulate, Dubai, B. T. Shonubi, Minister Consul, Nigerian Consulate, Dubai, Riaz Wahab, Welfare Consul, Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, Dr, Kevin H. Soltani, President American Liberty University, California, USA, Dr. S.M. Tahir, Chairman of Global Learning Centre & Iqra Group and Dr. S. G. Nazre Ather, Director Training and Learning Iqra Group and Dr. Firoz Ahmed, Campus Director Global Learning Centre.
Speaking at the occasion, Sheikha Azza emphasised the importance of education which is the backbone of progress, development and recognition in the currently competitive world.
She also mentioned the contributions made by the great founders of the UAE to the education sector and youth development. She congratulated all the graduates and advised them that “from now onward they will dedicate their lives for the progress and development of the society in which they live.”
Dr Soltani and Dr Tahir also congratulated all the graduates and advised them to avail of their coveted degrees to serve the masses and society at large since “they now have more responsibilities towards humanity and the corporate world.”
Dr Ather, in his closing remarks, spoke about the achievements of the doctorate students and thanked all the dignitaries for taking out time from their precious and busy schedule to grace the auspicious event.
The event was followed by a group photograph and lavish dinner for the dignitaries, graduates and guests.
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New SFM to spice up outdoor dining appetite

•January 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

STREET Food Market DXB is introducing a new urban street food market for adults only featuring 20 pop-up concepts and food trucks in a creative outdoor setting under the groovy beats of local talented DJs. The event will commence on January 19 at Dubai International Marine Club, which will transform into a food haven serving mouth-watering options by some of the city’s best street vendors.
Dubai residents will be delighted to kick-start the year with a new edgy event, perfect to catch-up with friends after the holidays.
There will be something for everyone – from fusion dishes where “East meets West”, revisited burgers and hotdogs concepts, to a giant smoking…
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‘Year of Giving manifests UAE’s humanitarian culture’

•January 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

UAE residents from different walks of life responded with excitement to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s declaration of 2017 as the “Year of Giving”.
With the start of the new year, not only the country’s huge corporate sector, but also different organisations and individuals have devised plans to participate in the initiative, according to their respective capacities. The Gulf Today spoke to a number of people from different segments of society, who shared their views on the initiative.
Mohamed Hadi stated that Sheikh Khalifa has been undertaking numerous humanitarian initiatives targeting the needy and deserving people world over. This, Hadi says, has been apparent especially in the Middle East whenever calamity strikes. 11-hadi.gif“And this year alike, people in many countries will be benefitting from His Highnesses Sheikh Khalifa and Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s generosity. The UAE Rulers are carrying out a number of projects to support millions of needy people in many countries. The spirit of humanitarianism has also been embraced by the corporate sector and individuals, who are supporting the ‘Year of Giving’ cause. This practice of helping people will not only be observed in 2017. It will continue in all the other years,” he added.
Maissoun Narch says that the announcement of 2017 as the “Year of the Giving” is not only a good humanitarian move, but also an opportunity for residents to upon the benefits of extending a helping hand as well as the differences such a stance would make in people’s lives. “We as residents of this country should show maximum generosity.
We should do good for other people as generosity is not just about giving food or money to the needy, but also treating well fellow residents,” she said
Manzoor Ahmad says that he is very proud of Sheikh Khalifa’s announcement of 2017 as the “Year of the Giving” to help people not only in the UAE, but also globally. “Every single human being should be good and generous. We should extend our support to others, especially the less fortunate. This should not only in the Muslim countries, but wherever aid is needed. People like myself who are in the working class can also be part of such noble causes. 11-manzour
Fellow members of the working class can extend their help in terms of money, time or any other thing, to help people in distress. The rewards of generosity are not only received in this world, but also in the hereafter as promised by Almighty Allah,” he added.
Ismail Saeed Ali pointed out that the initiative is a good gesture towards helping all the needy people, especially those in the most dire of circumstances. “It is not only the duty of the corporate sector to comply with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, but individuals should also extend a helping hand towards 11-ismailthe deserving people in their own way. This is because many individuals have been helping deserving people without being noticed by anyone. For me, the initiative is an opportunity for everyone such as members of my family, friends and other people around me to help the needy. It is an opportunity to give out whatever is extra, as a noble and kind gesture. We shall surely spread the ‘Year of Giving’ word in our social circles to motivate more people to be part of the initiative.”
Sheikh Muhammad Shahid says that the year-long initiative will certainly benefit millions of needy people. “The UAE, through the ‘Year of the Giving’ initiative is spreading a noble message to the world to enhance helping the needy and deserving 11-shahidpeople globally. I think everyone should come forward with open arms to be part of the programme. One can use money, time or skills to help deserving people. Besides the businessmen, members of the working class can also participate in the intitiative by sharing part of their salaries with the needy. This generosity should not stop in this ‘Year of Giving’. It should continue over the years as there are many people who need support,” he said.
-Published in The Gulf Today