IDB to develop community network

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Updated 06 November 2012

IDB to develop community network

JEDDAH: The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is hosting a three-day community development workshop for Muslim NGOs to accelerate social and economic development of member countries and Muslim communities in nonmember countries.
Essam Noor Fadel Al-Shanqiti, manager of Special Assistance Department at IDB, spoke at the opening session and said the workshop would help NGOs exchange ideas and experiences and share knowledge. “Muslim communities around the world have been benefiting from the bank’s special assistance program that enables them to carry out educational, social and health projects,” he said.
Malik Shah bin Mohd Yusoff, head of the scholarship program, highlighted his department’s achievements, saying the scholarship program was instrumental in producing a large number of qualified professionals. He urged IDB scholars to play an important role in the development of their communities.
Yusoff said: “IDB signed agreements with reputable international universities like Cambridge to help its scholarship students receive the best education in the world.” IDB has spent more than $ 95 million on its scholarship program, he added.
The IDB-Cambridge International Scholarship Program was launched within the scope of the IDB Merit Scholarship Program for Science and Technology to place students from member countries and Muslim communities in nonmember countries, in a three-year doctoral study at the university.
Mamoon Al-Azami, community development specialist and organizer of the event, said the workshop has three main goals: to create a global community development network, improve the performance of Muslim NGOs and achieve community and leadership development.
“We have been holding this workshop for the last 13 years,” he told Arab News, adding that 600 community leaders from 40 countries have benefited from the program.
The Muslim women’s NGO from Nigeria highlighted their innovative program to empower women by providing them education, training and employment. Rahma Moosa Sani of “Women in Dawa” said her organization has conducted a variety of programs to meet the needs of communities around her country. “We have trained 5,000 women this year alone,” she said, adding her organization is also instrumental in strengthening Muslim unity.
Ramla, a conference participant from the Philippines, raised the issue of unemployment among graduates of Qur’anic schools. The participants, including education specialists, emphasized the need to provide generation education to Qur’an memorization school students to enable them to find jobs.
Kassim Haji Hussein from Somalia told Arab News he was an IDB scholarship student and he established a private university “Jazeerah” in Mogadishu with the support of investors. “We would like to apply for IDB financial support to construct a new campus and a hospital,” he said.
Since its establishment in 1980, IDB’s special assistance division spent $ 723.8 million on 1,437 operations. They include 512 relief operations worth $ 441.9 million in member countries and 925 projects worth $ 281.9 million in nonmember countries.

Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018

Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.