Dubai Cares kicks off its Summer Literacy Camp

The Summer Literacy Camp follows the learning through play methodology.
Updated 10 July 2019
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Dubai Cares kicks off its Summer Literacy Camp

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Global Initiatives, is hosting another edition of its Summer Literacy Camp between July 7 and Aug. 8.

The five-days-a-week summer camp is taking place at Uptown School in Mirdif, in partnership with Rawafed Development and Learning Center in Dubai, and is giving 200 children aged six to 12 an opportunity to enjoy recreational activities, learn new skills and have fun with their peers.

The initiative was officially kicked off by Dr. Tariq Al-Gurg, chief executive at Dubai Cares, and Ahmed Mohammed Julfar, director-general of the Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA), with the participation of volunteers who will contribute in various capacities throughout the initiative. 

The Summer Literacy Camp follows the learning through play methodology. It focuses on improving the children’s literacy skills in English and Arabic, and teaching concepts of math in an interactive and engaging way. 

Dr. Al-Gurg said: “Capitalizing on last year’s successful summer camp, we are proud to launch our new edition for an extended period of five weeks. Academic performance can be greatly impacted by the environment outside school and many low-income families cannot afford to keep their children engaged during this time of the year, which can have consequences on their behavior and social outlook. This is why we feel strongly about helping children within our community who require support in literacy and numeracy.”

CDA director-general Julfar said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Dubai Cares and provide volunteers from the Dubai Community Volunteer Program to contribute to the successful organization of this camp and to give children the greatest possible benefit through individual care according to their levels and needs.”

Shadia Al-Jaberi, director, Rawafed Development & Learning Center, said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the lives of these children who would have otherwise missed their window of learning opportunities. Rawafed’s aim is to wipe out illiteracy in the Arab world and it is with great honor that we got to partner up with Dubai cares to provide these services to those in need in our community.” 


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.