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Why Teach In The UAE? Here’s Why…

Ruth Harron 28/08/2017 1

Teach In The UAE

Why  Teach in The UAE?

ABU DHABI // The increasing number of private schools across the country and the continuing recruitment for public schools has pushed up the need for teachers in the UAE, said Ben Glickman, founder and managing director of Footprints Recruiting.

He estimated that there were “a couple of thousand positions to fill” across the country.

“The demand for teachers does remain strong in the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

To qualify for work in the Emirates, teachers must hold a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages, a teaching licence in their home country and have at least two or three years of teaching experience, Mr Glickman said.

“But, in particular, we’re seeing an increase in demand for teachers who have a science, maths or technology background,” he said.

Primary schoolteachers “are still the most in demand”, said Eoin Bolger, business development manager for UAE-based teacher recruiting firm Teach and Explore, which helps to fill vacancies in private schools.

“Female science and maths teachers are always sought after and can be quite difficult to find,” Mr Bolger said. “Teachers with a masters relative to education generally will be picked up by schools first.”

The high cost of living, increased price of petrol and utilities, and introduction of a new municipal fee for expatriates has done little to deter foreign teachers seeking work in the UAE, Mr Bolger said.

“The UAE is still a very attractive destination for teachers to come to live and work,” he said. “Why wouldn’t it be? They are getting well paid, especially when you compare it with take-home pay in their home countries. They pay no tax, no rent, flights are paid for and they receive free medical insurance. It is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to gain valuable teaching experience they might not get in their home country, save money and travel.”

Private schoolteachers can expect to earn from Dh11,000 up to Dh17,000 a month, depending on their experience and qualifications, Mr Bolger said.

“We work with high-end schools that provide good pay and packages for our teachers,” he said. “In turn the school expects that all our teachers have a degree or masters in education and at least two years fully qualified experience.”

Mr Glickman said a salary of about Dh120,000 a year, plus free housing, was fairly normal for private schoolteachers.

For public school jobs, the Abu Dhabi Education Council can pay between Dh12,000 and Dh20,400 a month, depending on experience and qualifications, plus housing, according to recruitment firms.

Despite the challenging economic climate for foreigners here, prospective candidates do not have much negotiating power, Mr Glickman said.

“If you get an offer from Adec, the negotiating is either ‘take it or leave it’,” he said.

“The private schools, there is some leeway for negotiations, but not a tonne.

“Generally we will negotiate on behalf of our candidates because we don’t want them to mess up the offer.

“Sometimes they have unrealistic expectations.”

rpennington@thenational.ae

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Harvard

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Harvard

Mentors from Harvard Business School conduct three-day workshop for young-adults in Dubai

Source: Students soak up basics of entrepreneurship

 

Dubai: ‘Bring your pencil box — and an open mind.’

That was the catchline from the organisers of Youth Lead the Challenge (YLC) programme, to reach out to students in the age-group of 15-19 years in the country. The three-day event — that started here on Friday and concluded on Sunday — was a windfall for young-adults in the UAE as 51 students from 19 schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, across eight different curricula, got a rare opportunity to brush shoulders with mentors from Harvard Business School in Boston, who were flown in to offer tips and guidance on developing leadership skills in entrepreneurship for the future.

Conducting this first-of-its-kind workshop-cum-training module in the UAE were Harvard Business School mentors Varoun Gulati, Christopher Willis, Gillian Hess and Jonathan Iyamdemye. Speaking to Gulf News on the sidelines of the event, Iyamdemye said: “Students here are much more aware of the world around them and are a lot more receptive to new ideas than what we have come across in many other parts of the globe. And I think that’s possible because of the cosmopolitan culture that the UAE has.”

His words were echoed by Karan Kumar, founder and CEO of Dubai-based venture capital firm Amalthea-Capital. “As a Harvard alumnus, I had the opportunity to share space with some of the finest minds in academics and I must say that these students at the YLC programme in Dubai are a revelation to me,” Kumar told Gulf News.

Grade 12 student V. Rana from Our Own High School, Al Warqa, told Gulf News: “I had participated in similar leadership programmes earlier, but the presence of Harvard mentors was something special. They really guided us through the process very well.”

Vetting of students for the YLC programme was done by The Education Advisory (TEA) — offering strategic guidance to UAE students for higher studies abroad — and the initiative was supported by Amalthea-Capital.

Niti Kewalramani, TEA founder and education counsellor, said: “As part of the selection process, students were told to write a 150-word essay, covering just two points: What does ‘leadership’ mean to them and how do they hope to be good future business leaders.”

After an initial briefing by the mentors, participants were divided into groups. Each group was given a case study on a typical business issue involving a well-known brand and was told to offer solutions through a group presentation. From ExxonMobil’s future in an age of growing awareness over the need for reduction in fossil fuel to what needs to be done to turn things around at cab-hailing firm Uber, students offered remedies based on their understanding of the issue through collective inputs and a mini-research of sorts.

Kumar further said, judging by the level of enthusiasm, the YLC programme will be back in the UAE in a bigger avatar next year.

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Celebrate Emirati Women’s Day this August 28, 2017

Ruth Harron 28/08/2017 0

Emirati Women's Day

Emirati Women’s Day

It will also be the anniversary of the General Women s Union founded in August 28 1975

Source: Celebrate Emirati Women’s Day this August 28, 2017

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, chose the date August 28, 1975 to coincide with the anniversary of the General Women’s Union.

Read more about the celebration here.

On International Women’s Day, Bourn Hall Fertility Centre, Dubai, is offering all women in the UAE a chance to get a free fertility health check throughout March at its clinic in Jumeirah.

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UAE merchants up the ante in back-to-school promos to woo consumers in

Ruth Harron 17/08/2017 0

UAE merchants

At least 40 restaurants offering free meals for children as part of back-to-school promotion

Source: UAE merchants up the ante in back-to-school promos to woo consumers in

 

Dubai: Businesses across Dubai are upping up the ante in a bid to stimulate consumer spending, as the back-to-school season is just around the corner. And parents are in for hard-to-resist deals, from free meals for the little ones at the restaurant to free workshops at the mall.

At least 40 restaurants across Dubai Mall are picking up the tab for children when parents dine in with them. Adult diners can get free meals for at least two children at almost every food joint at the world’s largest mall, particularly in Carluccio’s, Johnny Rockets, TGIFridays, Eataly and in many others.

The offer is valid from August 13 to August 26, 2017 and applicable to kids no more than 12 years old.

Other shopping malls and retailers are likewise scrambling to woo consumers to open their wallets before the schools reopen.

At Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, Mirdif, Me’aisem and Al Shindagha, parents are promised they could get money-saving deals on school gear from a number of merchants, including Shoe Mart, Skechers, Sanrio, Jashanmal Around the World, Samsonite, Virgin Mega Store, Jumbo Electronics and Forever 21.

In a bid to woo shoppers, malls are likewise enticing consumers with mega raffle promotions and prizes include shopping vouchers and a year of school fees and scholarships.

Parents can let their kids learn something at the workshops, which will be free of charge provided they shop at the stores.

Spending during the weeks leading up to the reopening of schools in the UAE is vital to businesses across the country, especially since education-related expenses make up a huge part of the consumption basket.

At City Centre Deira, parents who shop for Dh300 can let their children take part in interactive sessions running from September 3 to 9, and the young ones can learn such concepts as environmental protection and computer programming, and attend daily demonstrations led by a quirky ‘mad scientist.’

Those who spend Dh500 in Dubai Mall can have a chance to win a year’s worth of school fees. And every day, from August 13 to September 19, Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira are giving away Dh5,000 and Dh2,000 worth of vouchers, respectively.

To be eligible to win, Mirdif shoppers need to spend at least Dh300, while Deira customers are required to spend at least Dh200 on fashion or Dh300 at any Deira City Centre store.

And to cap all the draws with a bang, Deira City Centre promised to pay for Dh25,000 towards tuition fees to one child. Other malls, including City Centre Me’aisem, City Centre Al Shindagha and My City Centre Al Barsha are partnering with Dubai Shopping Malls Group to offer shoppers a chance to nominate a student to win a scholarship worth Dh25,000 each.

 

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First Emirati woman graduates from Harvard Law School

Ruth Harron 23/07/2017 0

First Emirati Woman Harvard

Fatima Al Qubaisi wants to establish a culture of pro bono legal work in the UAE

Source: First Emirati woman graduates from Harvard Law School

Abu Dhabi: Fatima Al Qubaisi is the first Emirati woman to graduate from Harvard Law School, and she is a beacon of positivity and hope as she looks set to return home.

“It has been a tremendous experience to be part of the School’s graduating class during its 200th year, and I will be returning to the UAE with a vision and a set of ideas for a brighter UAE,” the 26-year-old told Gulf News.

Having recently graduated with a Master’s degree, her year at the prestigious Ivy League school has also left her passionate to promote pro bono legal work in her country.

“Just like our founding father, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, brought home a vision for a brighter, more modern UAE after his travels abroad, I want to bring home positive aspects from other cultures and countries. One of the things I would like to establish, for example, is the concept of pro bono legal work for the poor,” Al Qubaisi added.

The graduate, who works as a senior legal associate at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia), has spent a year in the United States achieving her Master’s degree. Prior to this, she attained her bachelor’s degree in law and political science at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi, and subsequently saw herself getting accepted at a number of top US schools for her Master’s, including the University of Berkeley, Cornell University and Georgetown University.

“It is true that educational attainment is important towards getting into any of these schools, but what matters is also what you bring to the graduating class,” Al Qubaisi said. In her specific case, she said she had always been passionate about extra-curricular activities, and could speak four languages.

Having come this far, the young graduate has no plans of stopping. In a year’s time, she plans to take the New York Bar, an exam that will qualify her to practise law in New York, and confer international credibility to her qualifications.

“We have come a long way as a country since the UAE was first formed, but we still leave a lot of the technical work to expatriates. This is why I want to advance my knowledge and qualifications, and be at par with any international legal expert,” Al Qubaisi said.

Role models

She says her love for learning stems from the encouragement provided by the country’s leaders, and she wants to pass it on to other young Emiratis.

“I used to participate in a lot of cultural programmes when I was younger, and the various competitions organised by the Mother of the Nation, Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, who always pushed us to read more and keep learning. This truly helped instill a love for education within me,” Al Qubaisi explained.

“It was such a blessing to be able to study abroad and I could not have done it without this type of support and encouragement from our government,” she added.

The graduate says she comes from a “family of overachievers”.

“My father is a self-made man who set up a successful financial institution about a decade ago. His sister, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, is the country’s first woman Speaker of the Federal National Council. At the same time, my uncle converted his hobby and became a professional racer, while his daughters are the first female Emirati go-kart racers,” she said.

Al Qubaisi also harbours a passion for women’s empowerment.

“I’ve had very strong role models, like Dr Amal, as well as a mentor of mine who is now the first female deputy director at the Adia, Noura Al Qubaisi. So I want to use my skills and knowledge to promote and realise even more empowerment for Emirati women,” she said.

Peers praise her

That Fatima has left a mark on her peers at Harvard is undeniable.

Sara Oh, a 24-year-old American who befriended her at Harvard, said Fatima’s compassion was unmissable.

“Although there is a lot of competition and high stress while studying …, Fatima always did what she could for others if they needed help, whatever the issue was,” she said.

Petra Novotna, a lawyer linguist from the Czech Republic and another Harvard classmate, was impressed with Fatima’s congeniality.

“Fatima has such a big heart. She has constantly kept bringing our class together, be it for study time, celebration or simply a meal with great company,” she said.

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Special deeds for very special needs

Ruth Harron 15/07/2017 0

Special Deeds

Dubai-based centre for severe special needs children looks for volunteers donations

Source: Needed: Special deeds for very special needs

 

Dubai: The UAE’s only centre that houses orphans and other children with severe special needs is looking for help.

The simple saying, ‘Everyone needs someone else’, is stitched into the uniform of the 110 children at the Senses Centre in Dubai.

And with 127 staff — more than one for each child — it’s a saying that the school takes very literally.


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Treatment being given in the sensory room at the centre.

Dozens of volunteers also help out in the classrooms, and on the once-a-week outings to theme parks and zoos.

Located in the sleepy Umm Suqeim suburb, in the shadow of the ultra-luxury Burj Al Arab hotel, the walled centre looks unassuming from outside.

Spread across two buildings, separated by a shaded playground, laundry and kitchen, 75 pupils aged two to 20 live full-time in the centre’s dormitory. The rest are day pupils.


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An autistic boy and girl in the aquatherapy room.

Most have severe disorders, ranging from cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, and mental retardation.

Nineteen are orphans, abandoned in hospitals by parents unwilling or unable to take care of them.

But right now, the school struggles to take new pupils from a waiting list of 200 children with special needs. There simply isn’t the space — or finances.

The centre does charge fees for those with parents who can afford to pay. Fees range from Dh40,000 per year for day pupils, up to Dh90,000 for a live-in student who requires a dedicated full-time carer.

Special situations

But currently, the vast majority of pupils do not pay a single dirham, according to school staff. This is often due to poor parents, and the 19 abandoned special needs orphans adopted by the centre.

“There are some parents who, I think inside themselves psychologically, reject having a special-needs child,” said Nadia Al Sayegh, the centre’s founder and manager.

“This is the situation of the kids we have. They are special cases. They are not only special needs, they are often special needs with very special situations.”

Senses was started in 2002 by Al Sayegh, an Emirati social worker, in a nearby villa.

From the very beginning, the rent for the villa was paid for by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Al Sayegh added

In April 2007, the centre moved into a purpose-built facility, again paid for by Shaikh Mohammad.

And while the accommodation is all paid for, there are still enormous un-met needs. Al Sayegh and her staff hope that while the UAE’s national Year of Giving is in full swing, firms and individuals, who can, donate either time, items or cash.

One need is for people or firms to help upgrade the centre’s in-house launderette — mountains of bedding, towels and uniforms need to be washed, ironed and folded each day.

Then there’s cash needed for the food cooked by four chefs and two helpers in the kitchen, and the crates of diapers the centre goes through on a daily basis.

Funding is also needed to pay staff salaries — many of them highly qualified to work with special needs children.

Due to limited awareness of the centre, staff have to work hard to plug the gaps in funding. And not all of the assistance received has been useful, according to Al Sayegh.

“Some companies come with chocolates. They come and they give the things that are out of stock. In two or three days, it will be expired,” she recalled.

“I can’t sell these things and get at least money or give them to the staff or kids.”

She called on would-be donors to be “honest with giving”.

“People who come here, they have to think that these are their kids.”

Although invaluable help is often at hand.

The local branch of a US tech firm donated several computers for the computer lab. An Emirati businessman sometimes steps in to pay the monthly salary of every single staff member.

Some have volunteered at the centre for years — and say it’s changed their perspective.

“I believe that many people live in a cocoon, especially in Dubai, and they don’t see beyond their family and friends,” said Mousa Sadhoon, a Saudi management consultant who lives in Dubai.

“But if they came across situations like this, they wouldn’t hesitate to [provide] support.”

Being surrounded by smiling, happy faces has its own rewards, Sadhoon has found.

“I get motivated every time I come here,” he added.

“Every time I talk to the kids, hug them, they get a smile on their face, I get a smile on my face.”

Endless patience

True to his word, visitors to the centre can expect to be greeted with warm smiles — as well as a strong smell of disinfectant.

Close to the reception area, children with cerebral palsy — an often severe condition where damage to the brain leads to impaired muscle coordination — sit on wheelchairs in a classroom, monitored by carers.

Nearby, in an Aquatherapy room, two staff members hold on to an autistic boy and girl who splash about in warm, chest-high water.

Next door, in a padded playroom, four children play and roll about on pink cushions lining the floor and walls.

One uses the opportunity to catch a nap. The room sees the most amount of usage from pupils whose disabilities would otherwise see them confined to wheelchairs every hour of the day.

In a physiotherapy room, a small boy with cerebral palsy is guided through an exercise routine by an Indian instructor.

Dance therapy

Meanwhile, outside the hall, a volunteer plugs in a laptop to speakers and organises a dance routine for two boys and two girls. Three are autistic, while one girl has Down’s syndrome.

The children form a line as they dance along, and wave and laugh to the music. Upstairs, older children sit in classrooms decked out with television sets and posters. As every pupil learns at a vastly different level and pace, teachers often have to tailor exercises for each child.

Subjects for the older pupils include Arabic and Islamic studies, science, maths and personal care — which includes daily tasks such as hair brushing.

In the occupational therapy room, Ebrahim, a seven-year-old boy from Saudi Arabia who has autism attempts to put on his blue-striped shirt — part of the school’s uniform — with the help of an endlessly patient carer.

Next to him, Tamara, a Lebanese girl of the same age, learns social skills. So far, she’s getting along well — but still struggles to know when to let go from full-hearted hugs with volunteers and carers.

For children with autism, part of their education and learning depends on their understanding of the five senses.

A darkened room, which is padded with white cushions on the floor, is decked out with a disco balls, glowing spaghetti-strands of fibre optic lighting, and speakers playing animal sounds.

Surprise skills

In the computer room, older students learn basic computer skills, such as how to use word processing software or browse the internet.

Every week, teachers lay on a competition to see who has learnt the most.

To the surprise of the staff, some particularly tech-savvy students appeared to have learnt too well.

The extra-curricular activities of Bilal, a burly 16-year-old Emirati with autism, have turned him into almost a legendary figure.

While one his favourite hobbies is to search on the internet for pictures of fast food, staff have found that he’s capable of plenty more.

“One day, I went downstairs, and there was nobody at reception. He was sat on the reception’s computer, and changed the settings,” recalled a Filipino teacher.

“Everybody tried to fix the computer, but nobody could.” So I came up with an idea to give him a chocolate, and I begged him: ‘Bilal, please put the computer back to how it was’. In a second, he fixed it.”

All you need is love

More than anything else, the special needs children at the centre need love, said Al Sayegh.

“We know the secret of this place is love,” she said.

“People who come here, they come with love, they are not just here for a certificate,” she added.

“For people who cannot pay or give, we need them to come with love.”

For some staff at the centre, looking after the children consumes most of their lives — but they don’t mind.

The centre’s chief specialist, Dr Lina Owies, an Arab Canadian expat, often stays overnight, and has endured multiple injuries from the children.

“Sometimes they are playing with you and they don’t know [they’re hurting you],” said Dr Owies. “I’ve had operations on my legs from the severe cases.”

“But believe me, if you give love, they are different,” she added.

“They are more than normal people. If you give love, you’ll see every day, they are smelling your hair, they will hug you, they will kiss you.

“They are angels, really.”

 

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Part Time Jobs UAE

Ruth Harron 23/06/2017 0

Part Time Jobs UAE

Part Time Jobs UAE

New regulations allowing university students to work while studying are likely to make UAE degrees more attractive

Source: Part-time jobs help UAE students’ career prospects

Most students in the UAE dream to acquire some work experience and earn while still in university. More than 20,000 students enrolled in institutions licensed by the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) can now fulfil it.

University students in Dubai are allowed to work part time with pay, in thousands of companies within the nine free zone clusters including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Studio City, as per DCCA’s announcement last month. Before this regulation, gaining professional work experience during university years was challenging for students. And due to lack of practical work skills, many graduates found it difficult to find a good job as a newbie entering the employment zone.

 Soft skills gap

According to job site InternsME’s UAE Student and Graduate Survey 2016, 52 per cent of students and graduates feel their universities have not focused enough on employability. Up to 2,319 verified students and graduates living in the UAE participated in the survey by email.

“It was important to put a legal system into an otherwise unstructured space so both students and employers feel more comfortable working together,” says Jean-Michel Gauthier, CEO, InternsME.  “The regulation will do a lot to tackle the soft skills gap since education isn’t limited only to the academic institutions.

“A typical internship ranges from Dh3,000-Dh5,000 per month, which depending on tuition fees could help parents meet higher education costs in some small way. However, students with more work experience under their belt are more likely to land full-time jobs upon graduation, which will certainly help with financial burdens on the family, for example, tuition loan payments,” he adds.

Students are of course delighted about the positive change in the part-time jobs regulation.

Dubai-based Saghar Sagheb, 24, started applying to different companies the moment she heard about the new ruling. Saghar, who is majoring in Business Administration at the American University in Dubai, is also working as an intern at Education Zone as a student ambassador for two months.

“Senior students like me need to acquire experience before they start their permanent job, as this helps us improve and accomplish the skills that are required in the work field,” says the Iranian national.

“I honestly do not focus on the financial side of it because firstly, internships are non-paid. However, what is important here is that we have been given a chance to get work experience. This would help me find jobs in good companies,” she says.

For Bangladeshi student Shayan Rahman, 21, this initiative is great as she feels it will allow college students to offer some financial support to their parents to cover the rising costs of higher education in the city. Shayan is studying Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology at Manipal University, Dubai.

“The advantage of working part-time while studying are many as it offers experience and prepares one to face new challenges at the workplace, while opening doors to better opportunities after college.”

Felix Lanceley, Director, Student Services and Academic Registrar at UOWD, considers the move will benefit students who do not have a work visa but are now permitted to work part-time legally. “It provides them with practical and relevant experience, especially if the work they do is related to their studies.

“Students who are working are also exposed to soft skills such as time management, teamwork and negotiating and improve these, which will benefit them not only in their studies but also in life.”

Professional network

Mariam Shaikh, Vice President, Student Recruitment and Admissions, Amity University Dubai, adds that the regulation will allow students to develop an effective professional network, important in generating future employment opportunities, while offering practical knowledge of the markets.

“It will certainly attract a large number of students from the Asian subcontinent and the GCC to study in UAE universities. The regulation will also help in experiential learning and create a smooth transition from the classroom to the workplace,” she says.

“It will also support students by bearing their living expenses during their college years, as the remuneration offered by the companies is fair and as per industry norms,” she adds.

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Black Box Cinema showcases regional film talent

Ruth Harron 23/06/2017 0

Black Box Cinema

Black Box Cinema

It presents a diverse selection of stirring cultural films at this year s Abu Dhabi book fair

Source: Black Box Cinema showcases regional film talent

 

Abu Dhabi: The 27th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) offers visitors a refreshed experience of the Black Box Cinema project by celebrated Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al Janahi, which has returned to the fair for the fourth consecutive year.

Comprising a diverse selection of Emirati and Arabic short films, the Black Box Cinema programme was developed exclusively as a platform to highlight the local cinema scene, filmmaking artistry, and new talent across the UAE and the wider region, said a press release issued by the organisers on Thursday.

At this year’s edition of the fair, the Black Box Cinema features 15 films from seven Arab nations: Qatar, Jordan, the UAE, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt. The films average from 9 minutes to 26 minutes in length, delivering powerful stories in a poignant and succinct format designed to leave visitors with a strong impression.

Screened on an hourly basis from 10am to 8pm every day of the fair except for Friday, on which screenings will be held from the fair’s opening at 4pm through to 8pm, the Black Box Cinema offers visitors insight into the creative vision of filmmakers as they cover a variety of relevant topics across contemporary society.

Featured films such as Congratulations, The Waiting Room and The Choice touch on the subject of how families deal with secrets, loss and opportunity among themselves. Delving into more personal territory, films such as Submarine and Among Others present portraits of two individuals as they are affected by polarising external circumstances. Shedding light on the unique experience of youth in an array of coming-of-age stories are Wintery Spring, More Than Two Days and animated feature Karouma.

 

Reflecting the international spirit of the fair, several films in the programme are products of creative collaboration across borders including Turtles Are Always Home, a short film on the meaning of home presented by Qatar, Lebanon and Canada; the Jordanian-German collaborative production The Parrot; and an Arabic-language adaptation of Raymond Carver’s Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes titled Five Boys And A Wheel produced between Jordan and Palestine.

The Black Box Cinema has been an immensely popular attraction for visitors to the fair for four consecutive years, providing visitors of all backgrounds, families and school students an opportunity to reflect upon different perspectives presented by creative minds across the region. The Black Box Cinema can be found in Hall 10 at stall F50.

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Park Libraries in Dubai

Ruth Harron 21/06/2017 0

Park Libraries in Dubai

Park Libraries in Dubai

Dubai Municipality opens first library in Al Garhoud Park

Source: Now, enjoy reading at park libraries in Dubai

 

Dubai: After the successful launch of beach libraries, Dubai Municipality has introduced park libraries, another first-of-its-kind initiative in the region.

On Tuesday, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director General of Dubai Municipality, inaugurated the first library in Al Garhoud Park in the presence of senior officials, the civic body said in a press release.

It said the move is in line with the efforts of the municipality to instill love for reading, knowledge, and investment in the minds and culture of the public and motivate them to read as food for the spirit and key to innovation and advancement of human beings.

Lootah pointed out that these libraries have been provided with a wide selection of titles and publications in all fields of knowledge such as culture, science, history and literature. “The books will be available for park visitors in a free and easy manner, enabling them to borrow books directly for reading. They should be returned to their place in the library to enable others to benefit from them,” said Lootah.

He pointed out that the library is equipped with a total of about 70 knowledge sources, in both Arabic and English, to make it easier for the public to learn about the heritage, history, values, traditions and other information of the country by reading the titles available in these libraries.

“In addition, care has been taken to provide special versions for children and adolescents in order to enhance reading habits among young people, with a focus on stories of educational awareness.”

Lootah explained that book shelves have been designed in the shape of the word “Read” in both Arabic and English in a distinctive and innovative way that it attracts park visitors easily. The library has also been provided with a suitable lighting that is powered by solar energy.

He pointed out that the Park Library was launched in Al Garhoud Park as a first phase. “During the next stages, it will be spread over various Dubai parks with new and innovative designs and ideas. It will also represent a qualitative leap in terms of the open space in nature, ”said Lootah.

“We look forward to these libraries as a place welcomed by the visitors of Dubai parks, especially for amateur reading and casual reading for people who look at the parks as the perfect place to enjoy reading books along with entertainment and sports and other activities that they do during their presence in the park,” he said.

“We wish this initiative contributes in establishing the behaviour of reading and dissemination of knowledge as a cultural value among all segments of the society — whether citizens or residents or even the guests of the emirate among visitors of Dubai public parks — reflecting the bright image of the country as a platform for intellectuals and scholars at the Arab and international levels,” said Lootah.

“We also hope this contributes to the creation of a conscious and capable generation, who can keep up with the spirit of the times and has full knowledge of their heritage, values and history so as to enhance the values of loyalty and belonging to the homeland and the wise leadership,” he said.

Donate books to Park Library

A box will be placed in each library that will allow the community to donate books for the benefit of these libraries. This is to enhance the spirit of community participation in the Year of Giving, and also contribute to the sustainability of the initiative by continuously providing new titles and publications, Dubai Municipality said.

Lootah emphasised the prominent role played by the Municipality in promoting the National Reading Law through the preparation of diverse and general reading programmes and activities aimed at different segments of the society, addressing their various concerns and motivating them to develop reading habits as a way of life.

He added that the idea of the initiative is to provide a number of libraries distributed in the parks of Dubai, especially as these parks have been attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually during all seasons of the year.

“This aspect makes it one of the ideal sites that contribute to achieve the directives of our leadership in promoting reading as a national and government priority and a prerequisite for development, while at the same time Dubai parks will gain an educational and cultural dimension,” said Lootah.

He stressed that this initiative also aims to bring writers closer to the community and contribute to the entertainment of park visitors.

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