CAIRO: Fans are mourning the death of Moroccan actress and singer Wiam Dahmani, who died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 34 on Sunday night.
She hosted a number of Arab talk shows and acted in various Pakistani films. Dahmani was known for her ability of speak and sing in Hindi and previously worked as a presenter on Zee Aflam, an Indian satellite television channel in Dubai.
She is a graduate of the American University of Sharjah in the UAE and held a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences (2007).
The university expressed its condolences to her family in an email sent to fellow graduates on Monday, while Arab celebrities took to social media to mourn her loss.
Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony
The awards ceremony will take place on March 24
Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen
Updated 21 February 2019
DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman has lauded teachers as the “real superheroes” ahead of the million-dollar Global Teacher Prize ceremony to be held in Dubai next month.
Speaking in a four-minute long video message, the actor revealed the 10 finalists who will be up for the prize on March 24.
Recalling his own experience, Wolverine star Jackman spoke of his “transformative” experience with his acting teacher.
And he described the teaching profession as “the most important job in the world.”
“My favorite uncle was a teacher, my sister’s a teacher, my brother’s a teacher… My hope for every single person on the planet is that you have at least one,” he said.
“All of us go through insecurity and doubt, trepidation, along this journey of life, and those teachers that see the best in us and are patient enough to allow us to grow into that, they are like gold,” he added.
Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen, including teachers from the UK, India, Japan, and Kenya.
The Dubai-based Global Teacher Prize was set up by global education charity Varkey Foundation to recognize one teacher “who made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.”
“I hope their stories will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, the founder of the Varkey Foundation.
The winner will be announced at the “Global Education & Skills Forum” on March 24.
On the eve of the forum, chart toppers Little Mix, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora will perform at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater in a tribute concert organized by the foundation.