Workshops to promote skills of differently-abled

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Rashid-Workshop1-Sheikh Jumaa with Mr.Samer Al-Sayegh CEO national Paints and Mr.Dominique From Bank of Sharjah
By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

IN THE presence of patrons and children with special needs, the Rashid Centre for the Disabled officially opened couple of new workshops in the premises to enhance the abilities of its students besides education and rehabilitation.
The series of workshops including Carpentry workshop, Gardening and the new gymnasium were inaugurated by Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Acting Chairman of Rashid Centre For the Disabled, in the presence of officials from National Paints, Bank of Sharjah, Dubai Technology, Issa Al Gurg Charity Foundation and QNET and others.
Prior to the official opening, Maryam Othman, Director of the Centre received the delegations and accompanied them around for a quick tour of the new facilities and briefed on the services being imparting for the students with special needs.
Prior to the official opening, Maryam Othman, Director of the Centre received the delegations and accompanied them around for a quick tour of the new facilities and briefed on the services being imparting for the students with special needs.
During the inauguration ceremony, Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum stressed that the new rehabilitation workshops are part of the Rashid Center students and are staffed by fully qualified staff who can assist the physically and mentally challenged students so that they can cope with life conditions and requirements and rely on themselves.

The inauguration of the new workshops is additional services in the Rashid Center as senior students who graduated from their regular educational and rehabilitation classes are moved to the workshops for vocational training in different sectors. The centre currently offers enrolled more than 300 students and being getting education, rehabilitation and training on exclusive plans.
Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum expressed gratitude to all who contributed and support of the Center financially and morally. “There is no doubt that the presence of such workshops will open wide horizons for the Center’s students, help them achieve their dreams, and achieve the strategy of transforming Dubai into a friendly emirate for the disabled by 2020,” he said.
The new training workshops, which were supported by Noor Bank and Issa Al Gurg Charity Foundation, included the opening of a workshop on gardening that will enhance the productivity of the organic produce in the centre, and train the students a new profession that enables them to rely on themselves and earn livlihood. The new gym and GPS system for all the Cetre’s vehicles sponsored by Ahmed Rafie, a prominent business and CEO Dubai Technology in order to enable the students to strengthen their bodies through the practice of all forms of sport, especially as the management of the center used as a method of treatment and rehabilitation for students with disabilities.
Maryam Othman expressed that the new workshops will help the Centre’s services in the treatment of disabled children and develops special rehabilitation programs to enable them to integrate into society easily.
Later, the centre awarded shields to the sponsors and enthralled by the performances of the students.
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EEG honours 60 waste champions

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Emirates Environmental Group in a ceremony has awarded 60 waste champions for their contribution to the environment.
The award ceremony was held at Ismaili Centre – Oud Metha, Dubai and attended by a large number of school students, representatives of corporate sectors and others.
Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group, spoke about the group’s efforts in curbing environmental degradation through waste, littering and wasteful consumption during the annual celebration of World Environment Day.
She said, “Our focus is on providing an alternate to landfilling household waste. For two long decades we have waged our war on waste, targeting various household waste and expanding our outreach to hundreds of committed individuals and organisations. The outcomes of our waste management programmes are indeed very powerful..
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Malls prepare to welcome Ramadan with full gusto

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

WITH the onset of Ramadan, prominent malls and food outlets come to life with dedicated menus and special food and kids’ entertainment.
Mercato in Jumeirah is going to embrace Ramadan with traditional Arabic style decorations to set the appropriate mood and ambience combined with charitable activities, children’s workshops, an abaya exhibition and artisan markets.
During the Ramadan mall visitors will enjoy complimentary coffee and dates in Mercato’s relaxing hospitality tent from sunset every day until 10.30pm courtesy of Patchi. In addition, customers can visit Mercato’s charity henna tent which is provided by Anfasic Dokhoon, from 6pm until 10pm daily, where all proceeds will be donated to Noor Dubai.
Mercato will also run a children’s charity donation campaign through card making workshops every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout Ramadan. This is an initiative in collaboration with Noor Dubai and all proceeds will fund buying glasses for underprivileged youngsters in Bangladesh. The workshops will involve colouring outlined drawings created by Noor Shamma, an Emirati artist who is Noor Dubai’s Ambassador.
Beside this, the mall will host an Abaya Exhibition by renowned UAE designers starting from 6 June – 13 June and from 17 – 27 June ARTE Market will showcase UAE artisans exhibiting and selling unique handmade items made especially for Ramadan. On 3 and 16 June the mall will also host a Ramadan night market.
Sharing and giving are two important pillars which Ramadan teaches everyone. As the crescent moon will soon emerge with the onset of Ramadan, Genghis Grill, Abu Dhabi’s favourite ‘Build your own Bowl’ pan Asian restaurant chain invites everyone for a hearty Iftar with loved ones this holy month at sundown.
Sugar Factory at Dubai Festival City joins in the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan with an appetising array of food for adults and children alike. Peppermill, the colonial Indian dining restaurant, welcomes the Holy Month of Ramadan with a special set menu and buffet menu of culinary discoveries inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing.
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Interview: Alveena Javed

•May 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Pakistani lovers of Urdu strive to promote language in UAE

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE UAE has a huge number of expatriates from South Asian countries who have been using Urdu as one of their main mediums of communication. The idea is to bond groups with the intention of promoting Urdu in the local communities, especially among those residing in the country for a long time who have been displaced from their roots.Alveena jAVED
In this regard, many expatriates of Pakistani and Indian origin have teamed up with multi-lingual communities to promote such linguistic causes. One such example is Alveena Javed who founded Urdu Adab UAE, a non-profit organisation, last year after being inspired by such groups across Pakistan with the aim of ‘reconnecting Urdu lovers with their roots.’
Talking to The Gulf Today, she shared her passion for Urdu literature and the difficulties in gathering people for, and holding, literary activities. She had gathered around a dozen people for her first major venture, Jashan-e-Urdu, last year but now with the huge impact of social media platforms, the response and interest has been picking up momentum.
“With the support of people with a strong commitment to promote Urdu in the UAE, we are organising a number of activities to promote multi-segments of Urdu literature like reading, writing, introduction of prominent writers, poets, books and others,” she said. “I saw many people from my generation organising activities in various small and major cities to promote Urdu literature and receiving a huge response from every segment of society,” she said.
There are many organisations in the UAE hosting events like poetry and reading sessions, discussions involving prominent writers and others to attract the young generation towards Urdu and help them foster a love for the language.
Alveena has also expressed her gratitude to community members including Siraj Khan, Fatima, Zarminae Ansari and others who have been supporting her, especially Dr Faisal Ikram, general secretary Pakistan Association Dubai, who encouraged her to use the premises of the association’s library for literary activities.
“Urdu Adab has been focusing on writers and recently organised an evening to discuss ‘women Urdu writers’ as participants read chapters from books of their favourite writers,” she said.
She also conducts reading sessions as part of the ‘Joy of Reading’ group which has been active in many major cities including London, Paris, Karachi and Islamabad.
“With the support of volunteers, we have been working to make the PAD library an interactive place for the community,” she pointed.
The Niaz Muslim Library in PAD was recently inaugurated by Minister of State for Tolerance and Member of the Cabinet Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi.
Besides holding literary activities, Alveena had also spread word among friends and the community through social media platforms for people to donate books and got a huge response. They received hundreds of books from different segments of society and mobilised students as volunteers to establish a library on professional lines.
She has also planned an array of literary activities to mobilise the community’s students in the upcoming months.
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Ingizly brings smart solutions

•May 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

WITH its all fast pace of life in the UAE, the residents usually frown to find suitable expertise for small chores especially maintenance solutions in and around their homes. To cater the huge demand and obvious gap, Dubai-based duo has come up with a smart solution.
Mohamed Salem and Mohamed Mahmoud, the co-founders of ‘Ingizly’, a website to provide a wide range of solutions, brought the idea after they saw there is a gap in the market between the customers and services providers and noticed that finding a right service provider with a fair price is a challenging process.
In a recent interview, they informed The Gulf Today about the full range of services they are offering to the local customers.
They mentioned, “Ingizly is an Arabic word for ‘get it done for me’. The professional team approach truly reflects this idea through our unique marketplace that bridged the gap between service needs and service providers, offering comprehensive and innovative solutions to all the maintenance-related problems.”
They said, “We are also experts in offering the best services that meet various needs across the UAE, while making sure of accomplishing easily and quickly all kinds of tasks that come to anybody’s mind.”
He said, “Our wide range of service providers enables customers to benefit from the qualified skills of highly experienced engineers, specialists and workers.”
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PYF Convention In Dubai

•May 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE Pakistan Youth Forum (PYF) of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) organised a cultural evening commemorating the country’s ‘people, culture, art and nature’ at the newly established Pakistan Auditorium in Dubai. Scores of youngsters from the community based in Dubai and other parts of the UAE thronged the event to listen to the speeches of prominent speakers.
The convention, organised by PYF based on Pakistan’s predominant cultural icons and themes, was a two-hour informal conference with speeches, performances and art exhibitions from citizens in Pakistan and abroad.
Waseem Badami, popular Pakistani journalist and TV personality, was the host of the evening and moderator for the panel discussion. Other notable speakers included Oscar…
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CDA highlights volunteering heft

•May 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

The Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA) in a media round-table unveiled the details of the  volunteering and community service associated with the education policy adopted recently by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.
CDA has developed the policy based on the need for an integrated regulatory framework for volunteering and the necessity to raise awareness of the volunteering culture among individuals and joint working groups.
The implementation of the policy will have a direct impact on Dubai’s community and will help ensuring social development sustainability and social cohesion.
CDA said that the policy has come into force, communication with the concerned authorities has started to discuss the suggested application paths. CDA will be responsible for follow-up and submit regular reports about the policy implantation stages.
Ahmad Abdul Kareem Julfar, Director General of CDA, talking to the media said that having an adopted methodology to improve volunteering and regulating it helps boost the productivity of several national sectors, increases the chances of positively utilising the community members’ efforts and mitigating the financial burden on the government.  The percentage of the volunteering work in any society is an indicator of how this society is able to respond to economic and social changes smoothly.
“After adopting the Volunteering Policy Proposal that CDA prepared, the Social Development Committee of the Executive Council of Dubai has assigned CDA to draft a law to regulate volunteering in collaboration with the involved authorities. This will constitute an integrated and unified framework for regulating and promoting volunteering in the Emirate to serve the social and economic needs. We will follow up on the policy implementation as per timelines and will submit regular reports about it to the Committee,” he said.
“Volunteering is an important social resource in the developed countries, and a key player in social development sustainability. The promising vision for Dubai’s development calls to combine efforts, to ensure the participation of all sectors of society and for the optimal investment of cultural diversity and the experiences and skills it carries. Compared to the countries with high volunteering rates, we still have a lot -as government authorities- to provide to the community members to encourage them to volunteer either as individuals or as joint interest groups and task forces”, he continued.
“The Policy implementation plan has developed specific paths in order to achieve the desired goals, this starts with developing legal framework that regulates and ensure the success and safety of any volunteering activities. We also need to have a unified electronic platform that will become a trusted reference for volunteers and volunteering bodies”, Julfar added.
Julfar explained that developing standards related to regulating the volunteering work and training the concerned entities is part of the implementation plan.
The community service associated to education is currently one of the important trends internationally to develop students’ personalities and enhance their national identities, the developed countries are adopting “Education for Global Citizenship” which is based on increasing the volunteering participation of the students during the school stages.
The policy recommended to prepare a programme to regulate and encourage volunteering and social services associated to education to promote volunteering among students in the private schools in Dubai. KHDA will be responsible for that with CDA to help.
CDA said that several initiatives will be launched to increase the awareness about volunteering and to recognize volunteers, this will include a specialized conference on volunteering and the creation of a category in the Dubai Award for Volunteering.
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