Ministry of Health and Prevention Launches ‘Kids’ Community Program to Increase Children’s Knowledge on Diabetes

UAE, November 19, 2017 –As part of its commitment to educate children about diabetes, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Sanofi, hosted an awareness event at the Dubai Festival City Mall in line with its ‘Kids and Diabetes in Schools’ (Kids) program. The program aims to promote better understanding of the impact of the disease on kids and highlight the role of families and the entire community members in the effective management of diabetes. This year, the reach of the initiative went beyond the confines of the schools to raise community awareness about key health issues.

 

 
H.E. Dr. Hussein Abdel-Rahman Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Clinics and Centers, said: “The children are the future of the UAE. Investing in and educating them about their health will guarantee a healthy and happy society. Using innovative approaches, ‘Kids’ highlights the importance of fostering a positive environment to helps diabetic children. As such, we implement initiatives to combat childhood obesity, prevent diabetes and provide them with comprehensive healthcare services delivered in innovative and sustainable ways. Major programs such as ‘Kids’ enable us to prevent the spread of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases and reduce the prevalence of such medical conditions in the population according to the goals of UAE 2021 National Agenda.”
Dr. Najla Hussain Sajwani, Head of School Health Section and Consultant Family Medicine, Ministry of Health and Prevention, added: “This educational program, in partnership with Sanofi, the International Diabetes Federation and the International Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Diabetes, brings people together from across diverse communities so that they can actively take measures to prevent the occurrence of diabetes within their families. The activities at the Dubai Festival City Mall provided fun and engaging experience to children, while increasing their knowledge about the disease. It was heartening to witness their enthusiasm and eagerness while participating in all our lined-up events during that day. We hope to organize similar initiatives in the future.”
Utilizing recreational methods, the ‘Kids’ program includes several educational and interactive games to encourage the participation of children and their parents, who play an important role in promoting healthy and positive behaviors in kids to achieve long-term management of diabetes.  
During the awareness event, a corner was set up where children could color fun characters who promote the importance of eating healthy food and engaging in physical activity. Other activities included the ‘Spin the Wheel’ competition which saw the young participants winning exciting prizes for correctly answering the questions about diabetes; and Jenga game which challenged the physical and mental skills of the participating children, who were required to read and comprehend the information about diabetes written on the blocks while stacking these blocks to build a tower.
Another was the ‘Health Heroes’ smart application which allowed children to explore various fun games and interact with the app’s main characters, Mane’a and Salama, via a screen display. Some of the smart games were preventive adventures of Mane’a, healthy cooking, smart shopping, and jumping and 3D games.

“We are proud to support the Ministry of Health and Prevention in this event. As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we extend all help to ensure the success of ‘Kids’ and other similar endeavors promoting healthy life in children to prevent type 2 diabetes,” said Jean-Paul Scheuer, Country Chair and General Manager for Sanofi Gulf. 

‘Hackathon’ Competition Winners

Mansoor Bin Mohammed

Honors Outstanding Winners of ‘Hackathon’ Competition

‘Emirati Programmer’ gives young local talents an opportunity
to join global programming competitions

 

  • 4 young Emirati talents win the title of ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’
  • International jury evaluates creative applications in line with UAE’s national policies
  • Local contestants demonstrate high-level skills in programming, computer thinking systems, digital applications, & electronic games

 

UAE, November 12, 2017 H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ winners of the ‘Hackathon’ competition organized by the Emirates Talent Association and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU). The recognition marked the culmination of the successful first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer,’ the first-of-its-kind national initiative in the UAE launched to enhance the skills of Emirati programmers in programming languages, computer thinking systems, the basics of digital application and electronic games development.

 

 

 

The closing ceremony held at HBMSU’s campus saw world-class young Emirati talents and innovators recognized for their competitive programming abilities. Dignitaries attended the event were headed by H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Majid Hamad Rahma Al Shamsi, member of the National Federation Council and Chairman of Union Coop’s board of directors and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Attendees applauded the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative for laying a solid foundation for human capital development and investing in the country’s human resources to build a future generation capable of driving economic growth driven by modern technology, knowledge, and innovation in line with UAE Vision 2021.

 

An international jury chose the winners based onset criteria, including the ability to link the creative programming projects to national policies and initiatives such as adopting a competitive and knowledge- and innovation-driven economy.

 

The four winners of the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ title bagged the Golden Award in four categories. They were Hamdan Al Maqoodi, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 7-10; Saud Ahmed Al Hosani, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 11- 15; Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, ‘Developing App – Bloxmob Category’ for age group 7-10; and Saif Adnan Al Marri, ‘Developing App – Swift Category’ forage group 11-15. The four were among the 12 finalists of the ‘Hackathon’ competition, which served as a platform to put the spotlight on the global programming talents.

 

H.E. Tamim said: “We are proud to honor young talents with enormous creative potentials who have shown thirst for knowledge and strong interest to be part of the development process for a more advanced and prosperous future. Furthermore, the ‘Emirati Programmer’ has pushed young people to be creators of a bright future for all using their talents and achieve the highest international ranks. This success has further inspired us to excel in preparing a generation of qualified, innovative, and creative local and international young programmers. ”

 

“The strong partnership between the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU has been recognized as a model for constructive cooperation among national entities for youth development. It is also aligned with what H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said, ‘The youth is the future and hope of our country.’ We are undoubtedly taking proactive steps to provide the world of programming with creative talents who have confidence, knowledge, determination, and leadership to guide the economy towards the highest levels of innovation and creativity,” H.E. added.

 

Aside from the Gold Award, Silver and Bronze Awards were also given across the four categories. The international judges comprised technology professionals led by Lewis Hall, English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) Manager, Apple Distinguished Educator; Rayan Karaky, Head of DoubleClick MENA & Turkey, Google; Ahmed Ebrahim, Microsoft Gulf Teacher Engagements Manager; and Hanan Hasan, Head of Technology Development at Al Ittihad National Private School in Abu Dhabi, Apple Distinguished Educator.

 

Hall said: “As a jury member, it is an honor to witness the creativity and innovative skills of young Emirati talents, who have exhibited strong potentials in programming. I am glad to see their eagerness to develop applications relevant to local society and have the potentials to address future challenges. We are also confident that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative was a step in the right direction to build a generation capable and qualified to develop applications supporting the progress of the UAE and the rest of the world.”

 

Karaky thanked the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU for the opportunity to be one of the judges. He said: “It is inspiring to see the youth using their imagination combined with their capabilities to master programming languages, which play a major role in the modern era. We are looking forward to seeing more talented Emirati entrepreneurs, application developers, and programmers in the future. Allow me also to announce that we are turning Shaikha’s proposal into a reality by putting her application in our application store. Additionally, I will continuously follow the projects and innovations of other promising talents to instill creativity and innovation in the UAE.”

 

After the ceremony, the winners presented their applications and projects at the ‘Coding Expo.’

 

The winners in the ‘Developing App – Bloxmob’ (7 to 10 years old) category are Shaikha Khalid Al Ali – Diabetes Learning Bag (Gold); Sarah Saeed Al Awar – Read-ester (Silver); and Wid Hamad Al Awar – Slime Angle (Bronze); and in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (11 to 15 years old), Saif Adnan Al Marri – Discount Me IN (Gold); Abdulla Al Jawi- Discover Dubai (Silver); and Mohammed Alowais – Family Hub (Bronze). 

 

The victors in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (7 to 10 years old) are Hamadan Al Maqoodi – Road Kill (Gold); Zayed Saif Al Zaabi – Death Road (Silver); and Ali Saif Al Zaabi – Save Water Save Life (Bronze); while Saud Al Hosani – Star Fires (Gold); Hind Saad Abbas – Mars Rock On (Silver); Fahad Al Awadi – Dodge and Race (Bronze) won in ‘Developing Game – Kudo’ (11 and 15 years old) category.

 

Student Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, Gold Winner of ‘Bloxmob’ for 7 to 10 years old, expressed her happiness for being part of the successful competition. She added that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative provided her with a unique opportunity to acquire key programming and smart application development skills which she used to create her simple and streamlined Diabetes Learning Bag app. She also thanked the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU, and event organizers for supporting her in achieving her ambition and turning her idea into a concrete application.

 

About 96 graduates comprised the first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative, 46 of whom qualified for the semi-finals and 12 reached the finals. The participants received high-level training under the direct supervision of renowned instructors who specialize in the three-level ‘Lifelong learning model.’ The training ensured that the local contestants would excel in the “Hackathon” competition. The  ‘Emirati Programmer’ focused on providing talented youth with new knowledge and skills in computer language programming to design games and digital and electronic applications using multiple programming platforms such as Microsoft’s KODU Game Lab, Apple’s Swift, Google’s Blockly, and  ‘Cloud Campus.’

MBRSC opens the space centre at KidZania

MBRSC brings space science & technology to children with a unique and engaging satellite manufacturing project  

26 December, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has officially opened its section within KidZania®, the award-winning children’s edutainment centre managed by Emaar Entertainment in The Dubai Mall. The new MBRSC space science and technology section enables the young visitors to join a team in designing and manufacturing their very own observation satellite, before witnessing the launch and then controlling the satellite as it orbits the Earth.

Teams will be guided through the process within the new, interactive labs by a representative of KidZania®, and will have the opportunity to also learn about the projects already launched by MBRSC, and the ongoing projects, such as KhalifaSat and the Emirates Mars Mission.
The partnership between MBRSC and KidZania® is representative of the Centre’s strategy to engage and inspire younger generations of Emiratis to become interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at an early age, setting them up to enter into sectors such as space, aviation or engineering; sectors which are widely acknowledged to be pivotal to the UAE’s continued development as a nation.
His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General at MBRSC, said “Today’s children are very receptive to interactive education and in partnering with KidZania® we have found an excellent platform to reach out to children and teach them about space science and technology, essentially getting them to think about its infinite possibilities from a young age. Through this project we are investing in the future development of the UAE’s space sector, as part of our many efforts to further the Centre’s educational strategy. We are certain this initiative will inspire young minds to take an active interest in the work we do, and in MBRSC’s accomplishments. It will also attract young Emirati minds to work towards a future in space science in the UAE.”
Maitha Al Dossari, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Entertainment, said: “The addition of the MBRSC space science and technology section at KidZania® significantly enhances the appeal of this children’s city for the important role it can play in instilling a deeper understanding of science and space technologies in our young ones. This complements the focus of our nation in promoting a culture of scientific thinking and innovation, led by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The activities undertaken by MBRS add to the civic pride of every UAE resident, and initiatives such as the Emirates Mars Mission instill curiosity in our young minds. The new station serves as a path-breaking addition that will help nurture the next generation of scientific talent especially keen in space research. We are thankful to MBRS for bringing this highly innovative initiative to KidZania®.”
Located on the second level of The Dubai Mall, KidZania® is an interactive educational center which provides a unique and realistic environment for children to role-play and mimic adult activities and professions. Children can choose from multiple role-playing activities and perform ‘jobs’ such as dentists, television anchors, police officers, journalists, chefs, beauticians and so forth. They can enjoy driving, socialising and working in the indoor mini city which is built to scale for children, and furnished with paved streets, traffic lights, buildings, supermarkets, salons, banks, radio stations, hospitals and real world, recognizable destinations, sponsored by multi-national and local companies.
About MBRSC:
MBRSC is a Dubai Government entity which aims to promote scientific innovation and technology advancement in Dubai and the UAE. The Centre works on research projects and studies related to space science, in line with the approach of the United Arab Emirates, in its quest to develop the sector and build national academic skills through it.
Among the most prominent tasks entrusted to the Centre are the design, implementation, and supervision of all phases of launching the “Hope Probe” to explore Mars. The Centre is also responsible for all projects related to satellite technology and applications and specialized projects, and advanced technical projects assigned to stakeholders. Also, the Centre provides space imaging and earth station services and support to other satellite services.

In 2009, MBRSC launched “DubaiSat-1” into space, the first remote sensing satellite. In 2013, the second satellite “DubaiSat-2” was launched, while work is underway to launch the third satellite “KhalifaSat”, which is being built purely by Emirati engineering and expertise in the UAE.

DEWA concludes first children’s summer camp.

DEWA Summer Camp 2016.
Dubai, UAE, 28 August 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has successfully concluded its first Summer Camp. The camp was held under the theme ‘Engineers of the Future’ for children between the ages of 12-15, and took place from 7-18 August 2016, as part of the Reading is Positive Energy exhibition.

The exhibition was organised by DEWA in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), at Gate 2 of Zabeel Park. The summer camp encouraged innovation and creativity among the children, while providing an educational platform for them to develop their skills in engineering, electricity, mechanics, science and maths. The camp also featured specialised training programmes allowing children to develop their communication and team work skills, and daily activities and competitions to prepare them for their future careers, while motivating the younger generation to learn about science and technology.

DEWA Summer Camp 2016

During a ceremony at the Reading is Positive Energy exhibition, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, HE Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, with Major General Mohammed Saeed Al Marri, Director of the Community Service Department at Dubai Police, presented the participants with certificates and awards. Parents of participating children also attended the event.
“The UAE’s leadership focuses on children, and works to provide them with a motivating environment, to instil a culture of innovation and creativity. DEWA continuously organises initiatives to prepare our young for a brighter future. This supports DEWA’s efforts to achieve the vision of our wise leadership to adopt a culture of innovation and establish a knowledge-based economy. The UAE stands at the forefront of the Arab world in the Global Innovation Index 2016, and has moved up 6 places in comparison to last year. This reflects the efforts of the UAE’s government organisations to achieve the National Innovation Strategy launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world,” said Al Tayer.
“In adherence with the directives of our wise leadership, and the Dubai Plan 2021, to make the UAE government a world leader for excellence and innovation, DEWA considers it a priority to develop partnerships between the public and private sectors. We are pleased with the outcome of the summber camp and its contribution to preparing the next generation of engineers, technicians, and professionals, who capable of meeting future demands and managing ongoing development. This reflects DEWA’s commitment to achieve the National Agenda, plan for the future, and keep pace with the latest developments, to meet the requirements of future government,” added Al Tayer.
“The summer camp supports the Dubai Innovation Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world. DEWA’s summer camp enhances social development and instils a culture of innovation among the future generations of the UAE.
As a socially-responsible government organisation, DEWA cooperates with the public and private sectors to establish a knowledge-based environment. This supports our objectives to raise a generation with a passion for culture, reading, and knowledge, across all society,” concluded Al Tayer.

Both parents and children enjoyed the summer camp and its efforts to educate children on the fundamentals of electricity. DEWA’s year-long Reading is Positive Energy Exhibition was launched in cooperation with MBRF, as part of DEWA’s efforts to support the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who declared 2016 as the Year of Reading. This was approved by the UAE Cabinet under the leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The exhibition features different cultural and knowledge corners and sections. These include a permanent book exhibition, the Reading is Positive Energy’s Forum, Children’s Knowledge World, Smart Reading Corner, Reading Sensory Wall, Emirati Majlis, and a cultural café. 

DEWA organises first summer camp for young engineers.

Dubai, UAE, 4 August 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised a summer camp for children under the theme ‘Engineers of the Future.’ The summer camp features specialised training programmes to develop children’s communication skills, helping them cope with pressure, face obstacles, and enhance teamwork. This promotes innovation among children, and creates a platform by which they can improve their skills, with a focus on electrical and mechanical engineering, science, and mathematics.

DEWA’s summer camp is open to all citizens and residents between the ages of 12-15, and will be held from 7-18 August 2016 at DEWA’s Reading Tent, which is located at Gate 2 of Zabeel Park. The camp features a host of activities and entertainment programmes, to prepare children for a promising future career, while developing their technical skills, and encouraging research by students, to harvest a new generation focused on science and technology.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer,” MD & CEO of DEWA.

“This supports the National Innovation Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position the UAE as one of the most innovative countries in the world, and the Dubai Innovation Strategy, launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world.
DEWA’s summer camp enhances social development and instils a culture of innovation among the future generations of the UAE. The camp will play a major role in developing the skills and abilities of children in different aspects of electrical and mechanical engineering. It will also include a number of programmes and educational workshops that will provide children with the required skills and information, said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer,” MD & CEO of DEWA.
Children will be exposed to the fundamentals of electricity, from a range of topics including Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Circuit Laws, electricity and power and how they are measured, and semiconductors such as diodes and transistors. Children will also be instructed on how to build several types of electrical circuits in the safest way possible.
DEWA’s summer camp will also educate children on the different applications of integrated circuits, using timers, and other more advanced concepts such as digital circuits. DEWA will provide children with certificates of appreciation for their participation and good behaviour, in addition to a number of valuable prizes.

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Telecommunications Regulatory Authority opens 2nd Summer Innovation Camp.

Initiative designed to cultivate the spirit of innovation and creativity among young Emiratis
UAE, July 17, 2016 –The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) opened today (Sunday, July 17, 2016) the 2nd edition of its ‘Summer Innovation Camp,’ a month-long initiative that will run until August 18, 2016. The initiative has been designed to cultivate the spirit of innovation and creativity among the young Emiratis, while also teaching them more about the local telecommunications and information technology (IT) sectors, through different events and activities held throughout the country.

Summer Innovation Camp.

This year’s edition of the event has been developed to support reading-based activities in support of 2016 being declared as the Year of Reading by UAE President His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed and under the directive of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The move aims to further develop a continuous reading habit among today’s youth. In addition, this year’s event will also see the opening of two camps for girls for the first time.
The TRA noted that interest in the event has grown dramatically and the eight camps set up in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Kahimah, Fujairah and Al Ain have further exceeded their seat capacity this year, even as the federal agency already expanded the camp this year from last year’s to accommodate the growing number of students (aged 6 to 17) wishing to join the camp.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General, TRA, said, “Our summer innovation camp is being held with the efforts to enhance and further develop a culture of innovation and creativity among UAE youth, while also teaching them more about the important role played by the telecommunications and IT segments in the country’s growth. The camp also seeks to plant the seeds of knowledge and encourage them to improve their talents, skills and competencies. These young Emirati talents will help continue the growth and development of the UAE in the future. Under the directives of H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, the camp offers an environment that throws the spotlight on innovation, which reinforces the UAE’s leading global position in this field.”
H.E. Al Mansoori emphasized that the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Summer Innovation Camp is a significant step to engage the UAE children and youth in worthwhile activities and further enhance their talents and creative skills. He further highlighted that this edition will focus on strengthening UAE goals and initiatives specifically for children and youth such as the 2016 declaration on the ‘Year of Reading’, and further developing programmes that allows creativity and innovation among them. The success of last year’s camp has pushed the TRA to expand its seat capacity this year and to open a special camp for female students for the first time, which recorded the most number of students wishing to participate in the event, he explained, adding that discovering skills and building the future of young UAE Nationals is one of the main objectives of the TRA’s corporate social responsibility programmes.
The ‘2nd Summer Innovation Camp’ will feature 24 different activities, which primarily focus on skills development in technical and IT, sports and personality assessment. There will also be cultural sessions to explore a range of selected books in line with the 2016 Year of Reading, as well as special sessions particularly in strengthening the moral values of the UAE society in the minds of students, the “UAE Al Sanaie”, the group of concepts, customs and traditions of UAE community, provided by the Watani AL Emarat Foundation.
The TRA Summer Camp initiative that was launched in 2015 offered participants many activities, which were developed to establish a culture of innovation among them. These activities included robotics, mobile applications development, the safe use of the internet and other technology-focused programs, in addition to other activities that aimed to enrich the student’s personality and life skills through leadership courses, building towers, healthy nutrition and financial administration.       
The inaugural camp held last year was a huge success for the TRA with exceptional registration turnout as the target number was about 900 students, but the camp registered a total of 1, 232 students and a completion rate of 136.8 per cent. Participants and their families also highly commended the camp and expressed their feedbacks saying that they have seen a positive change in their children.
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About the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was established to help further develop the telecommunications and information technology industries and support efforts aimed towards creating a knowledge-based economy in the country. The authority focuses on strengthening the development of the telecommunications and information technology sector, which are important drivers for social and economic growth and one of the main pillars of UAE Vision 2021.
TRA is responsible for supporting the telecommunications and information technology sector through the enforcement of a regulatory framework that stimulates healthy competition; maintains the rights of the beneficiaries; improves readiness of e-services; encourages investment, innovation and development and develops human capital. For more information, please visit: www.tra.gov.ae.

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Imdaad commends educational excellence of four 12th Grade toppers for School Year 2015-2016.

July 10, 2016 – Imdaad, a leading provider of integrated facilities, environment and energy management solutions in the GCC, has commended the top students in the 12th grade for School Year 2015 – 2016 in line with its efforts to emphasize the importance of educational excellence at a ceremony held recently. The company awarded Hajar Ahmad Al Ktefan for scoring 99.9 per cent and Razan Sulaiman Mohamed Mousa Alkaabi for scoring 99.2 per cent both in the in the Science discipline. Imdaad also recognized Israa Ahmed Abouelhussein Ibrahim for scoring 99.3 per cent and Wafa Rashed Mohammed Bin Sayyah Alyammahi for scoring 99.0 per cent in the Literary discipline. Imdaad’s CEO, Jamal Abdullah Lootah, presented the students with the award and recognition. The ceremony drew the attendance and participation of Imdaad representatives, as well as the parents of the top students. 

Reading is Positive Energy exhibition by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

DEWA hosts Ramadan activities at
Reading is Positive Energy exhibition
Dubai, UAE, 19 June 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has organised a range of activities during the Holy Month of Ramadan at the Reading is Positive Energy exhibition.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Reading is Positive Energy exhibition.

These include lectures, seminars, poetry readings, awareness sessions, and other activities for anyone.
DEWA launched the year-long exhibition last month in collaboration with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, at Zabeel Park. The move is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the directives of the wise leadership that 2016 is the Year of Reading.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Reading is Positive Energy exhibition.

“As a socially-responsible government organisation, DEWA contributes to building a knowledge-based society that supports the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to spread a culture of reading, while establishing the UAE as a capital of content, culture and knowledge, promote Arabic as a language, and encourage reading. This is achieved by making books available to ensure a positive change in society, and raising a cultured generation of readers who contribute to enhancing the country’s cultural development,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“We hope the Reading is Positive Energy exhibition will be an important cultural pillar for building knowledge in our beloved country through various events and activities that are suitable for everyone. The Exhibition promotes books as best friends, and as valuable sources of knowledge for all. It helps spread a culture of reading and encourages members of society to explore a wealth of information in books in an encouraging environment that motivates reading across its different corners. During Ramadan, we organise a host of awareness activities to ensure a positive behavioural change in society, while promoting Emirati writers. DEWA cooperates with different government and private organisations to establish a knowledge environment that supports our aspirations in raising a well-educated generation, and promote a passion for culture, reading, and knowledge in society,” added Al Tayer.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Reading is Positive Energy exhibition.

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Reading is Positive Energy exhibition is open from 9pm until midnight. It features lectures, literature sessions, poetry readings, and reading sessions for kids.
Activities and lectures organised at the Reading is Positive Energy exhibition cover various domains. The knowledge domain includes the Effect of Science on Society, Reading is Happiness, Books Make Creative People, World of Children’s Books, Happiness in the Workplace, Common Errors in Books, and Dealing with the Disabled. The educational and behavioural domain’s lectures and sessions are on the Effect of Stories in directing Children’s Behaviour, Developing Creativity through Reading, Discovering Talented Children, Relationship between Reading and Intelligence, and Knowledge and Tranquillity. The training domain has lectures on Steps to Writing and Authoring, the Art of Novel Writing, Learn How to Write an Article, How to Start my First Book, How to Publish my Books, Writing for Children, and Where Does a Poem Start?

The exhibition is housed in a 1,000 square metre air-conditioned tent at Zabeel Park near Gate 2. These include a permanent book exhibition that allocates a full month for Emirati publishers and will then host Arab and global publishers. It will also organise an exhibition for used and rare books. There is also a forum for organisations and schools to take part in the workshops and training that that enhance reading in society. The Reading is Positive Energy Forum at the exhibition provides an open space for organisations and schools to take part in activities that raise the level of reading and enhance reading in society. It also features cultural activities including training workshops and knowledge competitions. The Children’s Knowledge World corner features story-telling sessions that involve children and mothers to tell stories and learn from them. The Reading Sensory Wall helps students to write their own stories using their sight, touch, and hearing. The Smart Reading corner provides the latest smart technologies and devices that help motivate people to read. Schools are encouraged to participate in the Arab Reading Challenge where participating students will be asked to read stories, summarise, analyse, and then discuss them. There are also children’s games that help improve their focus and analytical skills. The Emirati Majlis includes a seating area to receive guests, and host authors and writers for book signings. Visitors can enjoy hot and cold drinks and cakes at the Coffee and a Book corner, while reading. 

Taqaddam helps to inspire young UAE Nationals.

Youth-development programme concludes with high profile national competition
Pristine Private School takes the honours with competition win
 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17 May 2016: Over 240 students from 12 Dubai schools have been inspired to reach greater personal heights after successfully completing the youth development programme Taqaddam. 
HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd and the British Council have worked in partnership to deliver the new initiative that has helped young men and women in the UAE to build their self-confidence and develop the life skills they need to fulfil their potential.

Capping the seven week programme was the ‘Future Ideas’ competition,  which asked the students to devise an innovative idea that addressed key global challenges.
“The Taqaddam  programme was developed to help improve the students’ life-skills,” said Sabrin Rahman, Head of Corporate Sustainability MENA from HSBC. “We also wanted to give them the tools they need to enhance their job prospects after graduating from school.
“We’ve been proud to welcome  enthusiastic, self-aware and motivated young people, who were eager to gain new skills to prepare themselves for the new world.”
Running alongside the school curriculum and being delivered outside of school hours, Taqaddam involved several key learning outcomes , including an understanding of what life skills are; identifying one’s strengths and weaknesses to overcome challenges; and confidence in communicating one’s skills and demonstrating them to others.
The students also challenged themselves through the high profile national competition ‘Future Ideas’, which was facilitated by experienced trainers and supported by HSBC staff and local community leaders.
The content for Taqaddam, which means ‘Move Forward’ in Arabic, was delivered by Spark and Mettle, a youth development charity based in London that supports and enables young people to identify, articulate and improve key character strengths, while also building their ‘soft skills’ for a brighter future.
Students who participated logged on to a tailor-made, on-line resource that helped them to identify their personal strengths and abilities, as well as areas where they needed further development.
Two inspiring workshops covered a range of important life skill areas, including critical thinking, effective communications, organized planning and how to take the initiative. Students also learnt the value of showing resilience, grit and determination, while finding purpose and managing emotions were also a key part of the learning experience.
Taqaddam finishes with the ‘Future Ideas’ competition
The ‘Future Ideas’ competition, hosted as part of the final phase of the programme, asked students to work in teams to devise an innovative idea that addressed key global challenges related to the environment, health or community well-being.
After a long nomination day, all students agreed that one key skill received from the UAE workshop was confidence. Students also realised they had much more creativity than they first realised.
Working with the theme of community, the first place competition aware winners went to Pristine Private School, who came up with the ‘Food-AGE’ app. The concept they presented showed how people could minimize food wastage by scanning the product’s barcode that will update the users with the expiry date of the product, what recipes can be helpful ahead of its expiry and it even assisted users help laborers by giving them the food and not wasting it.
Some students focused on health, and submitted various solutions and new ways to live a healthy lifestyle. One of the ideas that got the judges’ attention was the ‘Atmospheric Generator’ that can help in condensing water, filtering it, and adding good minerals that result in healthy and sodium free water that could prevent hypertension.
The second place award was handed to students from  Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Islamic Institute who presented a practical environment solution to wasting ablution water. They were able to partner with the Dubai Municipality, shift pipes and dig a tank to plan colourful gardens.
“Today, we have seen the results of the Taqaddam programme and are proud with the development the students achieved,” said Gail Campbell, Director Education at British Council, MENA. “Their confidence on stage, their passion and the belief in their solutions shows us that they have developed skills that will remain with them throughout their lives.”
Other students revealed their passions for saving lives, with the third place awarded to JSS International School who presented the Smart Serve emergency app that can be used by the public via sending pictures to the responsible safety departments in the country with a GPS location, making the process to reach whoever is in need quicker and more efficient.
The special recognition award was given to students who wanted to save the environment by recycling plastic and using it to plant plants and gardens. The idea was recognised by the judges for the importance of finding new ways to recycle plastic and use it in environmentally friendly ways.
The youth development programme Taqaddam is the result of a partnership between HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd and the British Council. It is being delivered in eight [A1]countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to help youngsters acquire a broad set of life skills that will serve them and their communities in the future.
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About Taqaddam
Taqaddam means ‘Move Forward’ in Arabic and is an innovative youth-development programme that will be delivered across eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It has been developed in partnership with HSBC Bank Middle East Limited and the British Council, with content developed by Spark + Mettle. The programme is designed to equip young people with a wide set of enduring personal and professional strengths and skills that will enable them to lead successful and fulfilling lives.
Taught over seven weeks, Taqaddam starts by a face to face workshop with young people to cover the skills required to be a team player, creative innovator and organized planner. Following the workshops young people will have access to Taqaddam online platform where they will develop their character strengths through undergoing missions and skills challenges.

Students will have another opportunity to meet in a face to face workshop where they will develop the initiative taker, effective communicator and critical thinker skills.