5th ‘Al Mtwassf’ competition

•May 8, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Competition shows youth’s love for heritage

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

As many as 37 winners of the 5th edition of the ‘Al Mtwassf’ competition were honoured in a ceremony at Abu Hanifa Elementary School, Dubai.
The competition saw a huge number of participants from 41 schools comprising different nationalities, making the latest edition a huge success.
The students from different grades won in the 10 categories of the fifth edition of the ‘Descriptive Contest’ for the popular Emirati proverbs collection “Al Mtwassf – Proverbs and Adages from the UAE” written by Abdullah Bin Dalmouk.
The contest has been organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) which aims to promote the cultural identity of the younger generation and linking it to its cultural and social heritage. The Centre has been collaborating with Dubai Educational Zone to complete the Quiz Competition. The ceremony was held to award the winners at the Abu Hanifa Elementary School Theatre in the Al Quoz area.
The event was attended by Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmouk, CEO of HHC, Mohammed Issa Al-Khumeiri, Consultant of the School Operations Sector, Saif Bin Hariz, Director of Research and Studies, Mohammed Abdullah Bin Dalmouk, Director of Institutional Support Department, Hind Bin Dumithan Al Qamzi, events manager, jury members, teachers, parents of students and faculty and administrative staff.
The competition is based on the book ‘Al Mtwassf’ written by Abdullah Hamdan Bin Dalmuk who spent many years in the investigation and collection of Emirati proverbs, explaining their meanings.
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Over 300 attend blood donation drive

•May 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

More than 300 people from different segments of the society including a large number of blue collar labourers have attended the blood donation campaign on Friday.
The campaign was organised in continuation of Pehal International’s CSR initiative PCT (Pehal Charitable Trust) Humanity, a non-profit organization, at Terrazzo Labour Camp, Dubai Investment Park 1. The day-long drive was in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority ahead of the holy month Ramadan to meet the shortage of blood due to fasting.
Along with the blood donation, approximately seven ton food items also were distributed to blue collar people and the distribution was carried out by Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman- Gurudwara Dubai. This camp was aimed at celebrating…
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English version of ‘Khooni Vaisakhi’ presented

•April 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The work on the audio version of Khooni Vaisakhi by Nanak Singh has started and hopefully will be completed soon, said Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE while addressing a gathering in Gurudwara Dubai on Saturday.
The book presentation was attended by scores of people from different walks of life including prominent Indian businessmen. The event was organised and hosted by Surender Kandhari, Chairman of Gurudwara Dubai to celebrate the ‘Year of Tolerance’ and the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
In his speech, the Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri, who translated the Punjabi poem written by his grandfather Nanak Singh, has described the journey behind his lengthy…
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Pak consulate helps repatriate 26 prisoners

•April 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The officials from the Pakistan Consulate General Dubai have facilitated repatriation of 26 prisoners to Pakistan, who had completed their jail sentences in Dubai’s Al Aweer Prison.
The Consulate General not only issued necessary travel documents but also arranged air tickets through the Welfare Fund and support from the community’s philanthropists and the jail authorities.
The Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai appreciated the support of community members and jail authorities who helped ease the suffering of these prisoners.
However, Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai, told Gulf Today said that they had been engaged in a number of activities to facilitate the community in every way.
“Education is most important and without quality education …
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Souk Al Arsah a haven for antique lovers

•April 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Old souks that adorn the Rolla area in Sharjah are a haven for antique collectors as they can find their trophy at bargain prices.
Out of many scattered in the area with their own uniqueness, one such is Souk Al Arsah located in the Heart of Sharjah. It has been renovated into a traditional marketplace with a high wooden roof, small but long alleys and shops on both sides selling every kind of antique item.
The souk has been in the same place for decades and is known as one of the oldest marketplaces in the country. It was once used as a meeting place for Bedouins while catering for the needs of their camels at the same time.
Multiple renovations by the authorities in the last couple of years to bring back the traditional bazaar experience for visitors resulted in the whole market becoming a traditional Arabesque souk. Now the market with dozens of shops seems new with shining wooden doors, glass windows and paved small but bright alleys.
Talking to Gulf Today, a group of shopkeepers admired the facilities that have been provided by the authorities to benefit them and where visitors, mostly foreigners, throng daily to pick antique pieces.
Thamer M Amir, an Iraqi dealer in the market, has been part…
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Union Coop announces AED110 million Ramadan Package

•April 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Union Coop, the largest consumer cooperative in the UAE, has announced, for consumers, the 60-day Ramadan package of Dhs110 million allocated for price reductions of around 25,000 products on VAT free prices. The chain of hypermarket is also expecting Dhs650 million worth of sales during Ramadan campaigns to benefit 2.5 million beneficiaries with up to 90 per cent discount on most of the edible items.
Addressing the annual press conference at its head office in Al Aweer Dubai, Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop along with Majiruddin Khan, Assistant Director of Trading Division also presented the result of the first quarter and reported a 26.5 per cent increase in net profit compared to the same period on the previous year, with an increase of Dhs28.8 million. The first quarter of 2019 saw a net profit of Dhs138.5 million, compared to Dhs109.7 million of 2018,” he said.
During the conference, Al Falasi said, “Union Coop achieved a net profit of Dhs138.5 million for the first quarter of 2019, with a monumental net profit improvement of 26.5 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year regardless of the decrease in the prices of the products by 7.5 per cent.
This is due to the increase in promotion campaigns released by Union Coop
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Rashid Centre students amaze Pakistani artists

•April 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A group of Pakistani artists who visited the Rashid Centre for Determined Ones got emotional on witnessing the performance of the students and termed their tour of the facility as the memorable experience of a lifetime. They also appreciated the services and rehabilitation courses of the centre in building confidence and various skills among the students of determination.
The group of Pakistani artists, which included singer Umair Jaswal, actress Sanaa Javed, singer Aima Baig and Faisal Khan, visited the Rashid Centre to spend some time with the students in a solidarity gesture. They were received by Maryam Othman, Director of the Centre, who elaborated on the various services and rehabilitation programmes.
Talking to Gulf Today, the artists expressed their experiences and vowed to extend their full support to include these children in the mainstream.
“The tour at the centre gives us an opportunity to see the services and rehabilitation programmes being offered to the children of determination. Most important, I was amazed to witness the confidence level of these children which is beyond any expression. I think the students of Rashid Centre have more confidence than many from the same age in the mainstream. I really became emotional to see them perform to different dance beats while seeing many in different sections engaged in various learning programmes,” said Umair Jaswal.
He said that these students were special in every way in learning, showcasing their talent in different fields and expressing their feelings to tell you that they have dreams and want to achieve their goals, which was an amazing experience.
He also expressed his gratitude towards the centre for inviting them and showing their services with a highly skilled staff and tools being used in various classrooms. “Seeing these children perform various skills with a pure heart made my day,” he said.
Jaswal’s songs have gained a lot of views on YouTube and he was nominated in 2013 as Pakistan’s Youth Ambassador by the International Human Rights Commission.
Sanaa Javed said that the tour of Rashid Centre was a therapeutic one for herself. They were so moved by the performance of the students that at one point they were unable to hold back their tears. “It was indeed our first visit to the Centre to review the overall operation. It was an unforgettable experience, every detail, even the minutest one, was taken care of. Everything was amazing. Hats off to Rashid Centre for providing various learning and rehabilitation services,” she said.
Aima Baig termed the experience as mesmerising. “I was impressed that the students who were part of the Rashid Stars prepared for performances of our songs and the dedication they put in their performances literally brought tears to my eyes. I will not forget their performances and would love to extend my support by all means,” she said.
Maryam Othman told Gulf Today that like always famous showbiz personalities from across the world pay a visit to the centre. “They make our students, who showcase their talent in different fields for the guests, very emotional. People especially from the world of showbiz should visit these students often as a kind gesture and encourage them to learn more diligently and become inclusive in the mainstream society,” she said.
The group of Pakistani artists had performed in ‘A Mystical Dream’ concert held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Festival City earlier. The concert was packed to the rafters as all 700 seats were sold out, which reflects that the Pakistani artists have a huge number of admirers in the multinational community of Dubai. “The response from the different segments of society, including Emiratis, Chinese, Indians and of course Pakistanis, at the recent concert had encouraged us to plan such events every three months,” said Faisal Khan, CEO Mesmerise Events, the organiser of the event at the Festival City.
Famous folk singer Attaullah Khan Essakhelvi, Umair Jaswal, Sanaa Javed, Aima Baig and young Dubai-based singer Mustafa Khan performed for the ecstatic audience.
Attaullah, one of the prominent Pakistani singers, performed in Dubai after a break of nine years and received a tremendous applause from the audience who enjoyed his famous numbers.
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