US singer Toni Braxton wows Dubai

Toni Braxton
Updated 20 October 2017
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US singer Toni Braxton wows Dubai

JEDDAH: American singer-songwriter Toni Braxton returned to Dubai on Thursday after her successful UAE debut performance at the Dubai World Cup in 2012.
The multiple Grammy Award-winning artist wowed fans with some of her bestsellers during her two-hour long performance at the Dubai Duty Free Stadium.
“I want to thank you beautiful people for spending the evening with me in this fantastic place. Dubai is one of the best cities in the world and I am so happy to be here tonight. I love you guys,” the songstress said.
Braxton is known across the world for being a multi-talented individual who, along with an acting, producing and television career, has sold millions of copies of her songs across the world since her start in the late 1980s.
Braxton first burst onto the scene in 1993 when her debut, self-titled album topped the US Billboard charts and became a top ten hit in Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK.
The album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and went eight times platinum in the US alone, spurred along by the success of the singles “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again” and “You Mean the World to Me.”
The success continued for Braxton when she topped the charts with “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “Un-Break My Heart,” which would become her most successful songs around the world.
Braxton’s third studio album “The Heat” was another hit for the artist, made famous by the single “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” More recently Braxton has returned to the charts with 2005’s “Libra,” “Pulse” in 2010 and “2014’s ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce” which went as high as No. 4 in the US.


'Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation' pledges $27 million for refugee education

Updated 20 June 2018
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'Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation' pledges $27 million for refugee education

DUBAI: On World Refugee Day, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Emirati businessman and philanthropist, announced the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund, a new 100M AED ($27 million) initiative to benefit 5,000 children and youth over 3 years.

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair said: “I established this fund because I believe that philanthropists have a role in helping to address one of the most acute challenges of our region: lack of education opportunities for young people who need it the most.”
The Fund will award grants to support secondary, vocational and tertiary education programs for refugee youth in Jordan and Lebanon. It will also support children of families who due to wars and disasters in their home countries, temporarily reside in the UAE but are unable to afford school fees. The first round of grants will be announced prior to the start of the new school year.

Applauding this initiative, Filippo Grande, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said: “We welcome the generous commitment by Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. The Fund highlights the importance of the Arab world’s business community in creating a positive impact through supporting the region’s displaced communities.”

Commenting on the initiative, Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education said: “There can be no better investment in the future of the Arab region than to support the education of the most vulnerable — refugee children and youth.”

The AbdulAziz Refugee Education Fund will be administered by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education. Founded in 2015 and based in Dubai, it is the largest privately funded foundation in the Arab world focused exclusively on education. It aims to improve access to quality education for high-achieving, underserved Emirati and Arab youth. Abdulla Al Ghurair pledged one third of his wealth to the Foundation and set out a target of reaching 15,000 youth over 10 years valued at over $1 billion.