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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CG mourns Pak kids’ death

•May 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

THE Consul General of Pakistan, Syed Javed Hassan, has offered condolences to the bereaved Pakistani family which lost their two children in a tragic fire accident that occurred recently in Sharjah.
Hassan visited the family on Tuesday. He announced a Dhs15,000 token of support to the family.
He added that the consulate will provide the family more support and directed Asma Ali Awan, Community Welfare Attache, to follow up on his promise. The family narrated to Hassan, who was accompanied by Khalid Hussain Chaudhry, President Social Centre Sharjah, about the unfortunate incident.
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Shoppers in Dubai to get Super Sale ride

•May 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

RETAIL therapy starts early this summer in Dubai as over 5,000 brands and retailers are going to participate in the 3-day Super Sale from 18-20 May.
The new citywide retail initiative will offer shoppers the opportunity to pick up amazing deals across a range of merchandise at participating outlets being organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Saeed Mohammad Measam Al Falasi, Executive Director, Retail and agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
Talking to the media, Saeed Mohammad Measam Al Falasi, Executive Director, Retail and Strategic Alliances, DFRE, said that during the 3-day sale initiative shoppers through over 5,000 plus retailers and brads across Dubai will get incredible discounts of between 30 – 90 per cent on selected items.
He said that “the new initiative is part of our robust strategy revolving around the Retail Calendar to further boost the emirate’s retail sector with regular promotional periods that benefit both retailers and shoppers. Running promotions that offer retailers numerous options to boost sales during this time of the year will further enhance the emirate’s appeal as a year-round shopping hub, and helps us build on Dubai’s strong position as only the second city after London to host the most number of retail brands.
“With the help of our partners in the private sector, Dubai has set the highest standards in terms of brand mix and quality in the retail sector in the region, and we are happy to see leading retail groups once again extending a firm hand to ensure the success of this new retail event. The timing is perfect for shoppers, coming early in the summer and just a few days before the start of the month of Ramadan, followed by the Eid holiday period.”
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PAD conducts free camp

•May 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE Medical Wing of Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), along with the support of the Community Development Authority and Dubai Health Authority, arranged a free medical camp to celebrate Labour Day 2017.
The event was organised in line with the initiative of CDA called “Honour Labour” and also as part of the Year of Giving initiative launched under the stewardship of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The objective of the event was to honour…
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