Rita Ora gears up to perform in Dubai

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British singer Rita Ora will headline the concert on Saturday. (AFP)
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Little Mix are also set to take to the stage in Dubai. (AFP)
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Liam Payne will touch down in the city this weekend. (AFP)
Updated 20 March 2019

Rita Ora gears up to perform in Dubai

  • The prize received more than 10,000 nominations this year
  • The prize awards the final winner with $1 million

DUBAI: British pop star Rita Ora is set to perform at The Assembly - the Global Teacher Prize Concert in Dubai on Saturday, just before one lucky school teacher is awarded $1 million for their work in the education field.

Now in its fifth year, the $1 million Global Teacher Prize award is the largest prize of its kind and was set up to recognize one teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.

The 10 finalists have been selected from over 10,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries around the world.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize, released a statement congratulating the finalists.

“I want to congratulate the top 10 finalists who have made it through from such a huge number of talented and dedicated teachers. 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,” he said.

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman added his thoughts when he revealed the finalists in late February.

“When I was a kid there were lots of superheroes that I wanted to be. But I can tell you right now, from where I stand, with all my experience, the real superheroes are teachers – they’re the ones that change the world,” he said, before adding, “To our 10 finalists and to every dedicated teacher around the world – thank you.”

On the eve of the Global Teacher Prize ceremony, the Varkey Foundation will host The Assembly: A Global Teacher Prize Concert where British stars Rita Ora, Liam Payne and girl band Little Mix will perform in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

It isn’t Ora’s first time in the UAE — she performed at Base, the open-air club in the artsy Dubai Design District, last year.

Curious foreigners get rare chance to sample Emirati culture

Updated 19 May 2019

Curious foreigners get rare chance to sample Emirati culture

DUBAI: No question was off limits for curious tourists and foreign residents of Dubai wanting to learn more about Emirati culture and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Emiratis make up less than 10% of those living in Dubai, the most populated emirate in the seven-emirate United Arab Emirates federation, making it hard for foreigners to meet them.
Dubai goes to great lengths to market itself as open to different cultures and faiths as the Middle East’s financial, trade and leisure center, and a government cultural center is inviting visitors to find out more about Emirati life.
“There are no offending questions,” said Emirati Rashid Al-Tamimi from the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding.
“How do you worship, what is the mosque, why do you wear white, why do women wear black ... is everybody rich in this country?“
Emirati volunteers gathered at a majlis — the traditional sitting room where the end-of-fast iftar meal is served at floor-level — were asked about dating and marriage, what they think of Dubai’s comparatively liberal dress codes for foreigners, and aspects of the Muslim faith.
“We learn from them, they learn from us. (Foreigners) have been here a long time and I feel they see themselves as Emiratis, and we are proud that they do so,” said Majida Al-Gharib a student volunteer.
Visitors broke the day’s fast with dates and water, before sampling Emirati cuisine, including biryani and machboos rice and meat dishes.
Seven-year-old Anthony from Poland, who goes to school in Dubai, said he came to find out more about the breaking of the fast meal because many of his friends at school do it.
2019 has been designated the Year of Tolerance in the United Arab Emirates and there is a minister of state for tolerance.