Indian expats felicitate NRI philanthropist

Updated 09 November 2014
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Indian expats felicitate NRI philanthropist

A cross-section of the Indian community felicitated prominent NRI (non-resident Indian) educationist and social worker Nadeem Tarin for being awarded an honorary doctorate by India’s prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Tarin, who has lived in the Kingdom for more than three decades and runs a number of educational institutions in the Kingdom and India, was felicitated at a program organized in Riyadh recently by senior members of AMU living in the Kingdom. Later, another event was organized in his honor by the Delhi Public School (DPS) in the city.
Both programs were attended by large numbers of Indian expats, with many of them hailing Tarin for his philanthropy back home which includes his handsome donation for a sprawling hostel for about 500 boys at the AMU campus.
Speaking on both occasions, Tarin highlighted the importance of education for the wellbeing of the community, saying that only academic excellence can lead to the age of enlightenment and empowerment.
“The privileged section in our society has the responsibility to come forward and fulfill the aspirations of the underprivileged sections as preached by AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, who is the real role model for us,” he said.
Addressing the ceremony Dr. Ibrahim Al-Qayid, DPS chairman commended Tarin’s contribution to the community as an esteemed partner and congratulated him for being honored with the award.
He added that Tarin’s success story is inspiring and motivates others to be partners in progress in the Kingdom as well as India.
There was a thunderous applause from the assembled audience that included some of the prominent Indian expatriates residing in the Kingdom.
Earlier, senior AMU colleague Mohammad Ahmad Badshah welcomed the audience to the ceremony organized in a city hotel by opening the floor for friends of Tarin to share their experiences and opinions.
Some of the well-known Indian expatriates living in the capital including Misbahul Arafeen, Dr. Mohamamd Tariq, Zaigham Khan, Dr. Anees Jameel, Taqiuddin Mir, Owais Ahmad, Sohail Ahmed, Mohammad Nasim Akhtar, Meraj Khan and Shamsuddin Shams
shared their experiences and lighter moments with Tarin, who started his career as an engineering graduate to become the general manager of the Riyadh-based Saudi Al-Terais Co. He held several leadership roles within schools and boards, besides being the chairman of the DPS here and the Dammam-based Dunes International School.
A power point presentation was also shown depicting the success story of Tarin and the conferment of the D. Lit. degree presented at the convocation of the university recently in AMU, which was attended by Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, director-general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), as chief guest.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”