2-day meet on learning difficulties

•October 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

THE first-ever conference to discuss learning difficulties among the children and adults will be held in Sharjah this week.
Announcing the details of the conference, Hanadi Al Suwaidi, Director of the Sharjah Centre for Learning Difficulties, said that the first Learning Difficulties Conference, which will be held under the theme “For a Better Learning,” will be held on Oct.4 – 5 at Al Qasimia University, Sharjah, and under the sponsorship of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Al Suwaidi said that the speakers will discuss nine working papers that address a variety of issues concerning learning difficulties. A group of experts…
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ANTIKA: Deriving satisfaction in selling recycled home decor

•October 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

ANTIKA, a Dubai outlet set up about seven years ago to sell a wide range of old items under the motto “Either Old or Recycled”, has been at the heart of the unique interior decor in many a home and office.
The shop, located in the basement of the Times Square, brims with wooden pieces of furniture such as wall hangings and small and colourful decoration items that can give any house or office a unique look.an-11
In a recent interview with The Gulf Today, Jerome Dhulst, the owner and founder, shared his story of passion that drove him from the perfume industry to the furniture world.
Jerome Dhulst, born and bred in France, with a lot of experience abroad, has always been in love with wood. He made his first piece of furniture at the tender age of 14. Thirty-three years later, it still lies in his father’s garage in France.
As a passion, he loved collecting old items such as furniture, artifacts and accessories. He has been doing so for the last 25 years. Having worked in the perfume industry for 15 years, he decided to turn his passion into his full time business, thus creating Antika International.an-2
“Based on my experience and with the help of someone I went to school with, who was operating in this field, I decide to go sourcing in Rajasthan, India for genuine items. Antika was created based on a recurrent statement I made to myself when I decided, 15 years ago, to settle down in Dubai.”
He travelled to Rajasthan and Gujarat to collect genuine and unique items. The two areas have numerous big ports and are an entry point to India for many goods such as those from people in Havelis, palaces, old mansions, family homes in the country side as well as old shops or administration centres.
Besides the large collection of items in the Times Square outlet, the founder of Antika has a workshop where they manufacture with Indian local partners. “This is mainly handled by other friends of mine Jean Michel and Mohit. We buy back the existing old wood material from many different sources and treat, prepare, cut to recycle the relevant material and turn it into new furniture made from old wood,” he added.an-1
The shop is full of old items, which are a favourite of many expats, mainly from the West as well as Asians. However, gradually more Emiratis visit the store for unique items for either their office décor or home.
“Anyone who is prudent about old things, cares about his home’s interior decor and would rather be living on a cleaner planet trying to preserve what mother nature gave us, is happy to come and purchase from Antika Furniture,” he added.
Responding to a question, he said that satisfaction is drawn from one’s work and passion. “I am passionate about what I am doing and have a lot of amazing experience in dealing with my clients.”
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Muhammad Ali Perfumes Launch

•September 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Perfume named after legend launched, portion of proceeds for Rashid Centre

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

MUHAMMAD Ali, the legendary boxer, is no stranger to many. To date, world over, he still regarded one a great sportsman, a charismatic personality and humanitarian.
In honour of the ideas and life of Muhammad Ali, the humanitarian, a fragrance named after the deceased boxer was launched during a glamorous evening at Burj Al Arab. The event, which included an awards ceremony and sumptuous feast, was attended by dignitaries and businessmen from all over Dubai.
Part of the proceeds from the event were directed towards the support of humanitarian and charitable institutions in the world.rashid-1
The London-based maker of the perfume directed part of the proceeds of marketing the perfume in UAE towards the Rashid Centre for the Disabled. The gesture was in recognition of the centre’s global fame and its humanitarian efforts for over 25 years.
The evening was also attended by Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Managing Director of Rashid Centre, Ahmed Hashim Khoury, Founder and Board Member, Mariam Othman, CEO of Rashid Centre, who received the glove of Muhammad Ali.
The event was organised by the CEO Club Network in collaboration with DBI Innovations UK to support Rashid Centre in Dubai.
Commenting on the international launch of Muhammad Ali perfume Dr Tariq Ahmed Nizami, CEO Club Networks, highlighted the details of the idea behind the perfume by DBI Innovations and being part of the project to support the large number of its CEOs network worldwide.
Other speakers during the night included Robert Hatefi, CEO DBI Innovations UK, Ahmed Hashim Al Khoory, founder of Rashid Centre and Negam Nasr.
Muhammad Ali was a fighter all his life, both inside and outside the ring. Initially he was known as a boxer and a world champion, but it was nice to celebrate him in a modern and unconventional way after the fighting.
Later, a round of perfume testing and exchange of mementoes between the dignitaries was held.
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Prof. Hani highlights femtosecond technology

•September 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Treating many eye-related diseases and obtaining correct vision with the highly sophisticated technology has become easy and cost effective as earlier all these were seemed difficult through complicated surgeries.
“With the latest discoveries include corneal treatment with femtosecond laser technology has brought revolution in the field of eye related surgeries. This technology is a key factor in treating corneal diseases in an extremely safe and accurate manner and also even around 40 per cent less expensive than traditional surgeries,” said by Professor Hani Sakla, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Ebsaar Eye Surgery Center, Dubai and member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
He clarified that corneal transplantation with femtosecond laser technology involves local replacement of all infected and spoiled layers without damaging the healthy ones. “Unfortunately, previous methods relied mainly on the replacement of all diseased and healthy layers with a whole corneal taken from a deceased person, Penetrating Keratoplasty. In this case, there is a great risk that the eye refuses and expulses the transplanted corneal. However, if the eye accepts the corneal, it takes the patient a long time to be able to see again after undergoing surgery,” he said.
Prof. Hani Sakla explains that femtosecond laser surgery is performed under a local anesthetic. It’s very important that the patient cooperates with the doctor during the surgery which only takes about 40 minutes and the patient can return home on the same day.
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Festive Boutique by BO

•September 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

2-day exhibition to showcase over 50 designers’ works

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Dubai has become one of the top destinations for top notch brands and designers around the world as well as a home for numerous exhibitions across different sectors.
The Boulevard One is one such exhibition. To mark the 13th edition of the exhibition, organisers announced the launch of its biggest event “Festive Boutique” to showcase creations of over 50 top Pakistani, Indian and various other global designers, in Dubai on Oct. 6-7 at Palace Downtown hotel.Boulevard one
The two-day event is a highly anticipated exhibition, which is set to answer fashion-lovers’ needs for luxury wear, jewellery, home items, handbags, and shoes. The upcoming festive boutique will spotlight Diwali and wedding seasons.
The Boulevard One brings designers from across the world and gives them a platform to meet their fans and new clientele from all nationalities in the UAE…
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PPW Eid Millan Party

•September 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

PPW Eid Millan
Pak body seeks Dhs500,000 support from community to help needy students

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

MEMBERS of the Pakistan Professionals Wing (PPW), a wing of the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), have called for support towards its ongoing initiative to extend help to deserving students. Since 2006, the PPW has spent Dhs10.53 million on over 2,000 Pakistani students in the UAE with the support of its members and well-wishers.
This was stated by Munir Mehmood, head of the education committee and former chairman of the PPW, during the Eid Millan Party coinciding with the mid-term general body meeting held at Dusit Thani hotel, Dubai.
The evening was packed with a variety of activities including a quiz, magic show and live music that were witnessed by members and their families at the annual gathering.
“The major recipients of funds generated by PPW members and its friends are Pakistani community schools scattered across Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. As the new academic session has started the need for supporting deserving community students to pursue their education …
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CDA Short Film Award-2017

•September 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

CDA launches 3rd Mansoor Bin Mohammed short film award

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai has announced the third edition of the Mansoor Bin Mohammed Short Film Award. It invited the residents of UAE to produce creative work in three categories.
The details of the third edition of the award were unveiled in a press conference held in Dubai and was attended by officials from the CDA and its partners.
This time the award invites everyone between the ages of 18 to 30 to submit their short films on any topic, including tolerance and moderation, equality and fighting discrimination, and volunteer work as earlier it was opted for only university students.
The Union Coop is sponsoring this year’s event in an effort to emphasise the importance of partnership with private sector with regards to programmes and initiatives …
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