Dunes School holds Sports Day function

Updated 29 December 2014
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Dunes School holds Sports Day function

Dunes International School (DIS), Alkhobar, held the 4th annual Sports Day function at its sports pavilion recently.
Sarah Abdul Aziz Al-Essa, chief director of the Girls Education Board in the Eastern Province, inaugurated the girls Sports Day event. The boys Sports Day function was earlier opened by Saad Al-Turaikki of Saudi Aramco and Awad Al-Qahtani, who was the guest of honor.
“Dunes always encouraged the importance of games and sports to be an integral part for all-round development of the students and prepare them to compete at a global level,” said Principal D. Manon.
“Since the Ministry of Education sanctioned sports for girls in private schools in May 2013, our school has broadened the sports facilities to be provided to our students, especially girls. The overwhelming enthusiasm seen among our students is a result of the encouragement they received in aid of the facilities and the guidance of the teachers in charge,” said Amjad Khan, the DIS director.
The Sports Day opening preceded the torch lighting ceremony with the chief guest releasing white pigeons to symbolize love and peace.
The Dunes School band led the march past of the four houses of the school.
Nearly 3,000 parents witnessed the performances of the KG children’s drill display as well as the track events of the primary and secondary sections.
Dignitaries, educationists from various schools and managing committee members were among those present.
The success of the event resonated the joint effort of the directors, principal, headmistress, the physical education team and the entire teaching and non-teaching staff.
Nadeem Tarin, founder and chairman of the DIS, extended his compliments to all the winners and participants, and lauded the efforts of the school directors, teaching and non-teaching staff members, and the parent community.
Danish Rahman, Ameen Madhavan and Bilal Khawaja, representing the Dunes parent committee, said they found the event a great experience.


Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Updated 39 min 44 sec ago
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Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese descent who headed US Central Command — which covers the Middle East — during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.
A California native, Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic, which he did not speak as a child.
Abizaid requires confirmation from the Senate, which would appear likely as the retired four-star general has long enjoyed respect in Washington.