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Etihad Aviation Group concludes successful Year of Giving initiatives

ABU DHABI (PR): Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has concluded a year-long programme of activities and humanitarian initiatives to mark the UAE’s Year of Giving.  One dirham from every ticket booked was donated to charity – and other noble initiatives that touched the lives of those in need around the world.

2017 was officially declared as the Year of Giving by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In support of this national initiative, EAG launched a strategy based on the government’s three Year of Giving pillars: Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteering and Serving the Nation.

EAG Interim Chief Executive Officer Ray Gammell said: “We are proud that the EAG family worldwide so generously supported the many initiatives throughout the year. Volunteering and giving back to our community, as well as to the communities in which we operate, is an important part of the Etihad culture.”

A number of activities supported Syrian refugees, including a welfare trip to Lebanon where more than 3,550 Syrian refugees received winter clothes, shoes, mattresses, dry food parcels and blankets; and a trip to the UAE-Jordan Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan where EAG staff and senior management distributed school bags, stationery sets, blankets and garments to more than 2,500 children.

In Greece, vital school and home supplies were donated to more than 1,000 Syrians at the Ritsona refugee camp near Athens. The event coincided with the United Nations Universal Children’s Day and supported the global education initiative to help underprivileged students pursue their studies.

The Year of Giving drive was also visible on its flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380, with all four engines of the superjumbo displaying the official Year of Giving logo to promote the national initiative overseas in Etihad’s A380 destinations of Sydney, Paris, London Heathrow and New York.

The EAG family also executed many community engagements within the Emirates. A special day in cooperation with Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs was planned to help determined ones in planting trees and vegetables at one of the farms. The one-day activity involved planting, harvesting, packing vegetables and feeding the animals.

‘Sharing Your Blessing During Ramadan’ was also kicked off by executing many initiatives, including hosting the Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts fundraising day to support autism in EAG headquarters.

The donation drive continued with the donation of nearly 40 pallets of catering supplies to Emirates Red Crescent to support charity projects during the Holy Month.

Dates packages were distributed to more than 1,800 ramp loaders at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as well as in Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka and Lebanon.

More than 3,000 Iftar meal boxes and water were distributed to labourers residing at Tafseer Camp in Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, by more than 120 EAG volunteers. A campaign ‘For Your Sake, Somalia’ targeting famine in the African nation was also planned by Etihad Guest members .

Members of Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty programme Etihad Guest donated 750 Etihad Guest Miles to the emergency response in the African country, with providing one meal.

Etihad Aviation Group also planned a fun day event during Eid al Fitr, visiting the elderly in Shahama and Baniyas.

Students from the Future Rehabilitation Centre, a local special needs school, were whisked away from school for a surprise hands-on science lesson in Etihad Airways’ state-of-the-art flight simulator, where they learnt about flight regulations, aircraft technology and how to be an effective co-pilot.

Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President Abu Dhabi Airport, and General Manager of Etihad Airport Services Ground, who also serves as Chairman of Etihad Airways’ Sports and Social Committee, and CSR strategy said: “This year’s initiatives are representative of the kindness and generosity of our staff, as well as the wider community in Abu Dhabi.

“Together, we have been able to make a positive impact in the lives of adults and children, and reaffirm our commitment to society and to give back to those in need.” 

This latest initiatives builds on the Group’s track record as a socially responsible organisation. In 2017, 1000 EAG employees volunteered with more than 7437 hours of time in support of charities and community causes.


First int’l conference on computing, related technologies concludes

KARACHI (PR): The first 2-day International Conference on Computing and Related Technologies, organised by the Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), in collaboration with the Higher Education of Pakistan, concluded on Friday after three MoUs were inked by the SMIU. Some nine experts from abroad and several others from across the country participated in the conference.

SMIU’s vice chancellor, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh signed the MoUs with Dr. Ramona Lile F of University of Arad, Dr Florin Popentiu of University of Oradea and Dr Muahmmad Adamu Jebba of Niger College of Education, Minna, Nigeria. In the MoUs, SMIU and the three institutions of Romania and Nigeria agreed to work together in the field of information technology, and share each other’s experience and scholarly work. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh congratulated the faculty of IT for organizing the successful event, thanked the international scholars who visited Pakistan and shared their knowledge with their counterparts and students in Pakistan. He said the SMIU would be organizing such innovative events in the future as well so that the fields which were hardly touched in the country’s scholarly spectrum should be given due importance.

Roundtable conference on traditional crafts in

contemporary times held

LAHORE (PR): Within the framework of the UNESCO-Republic of Korea Funds in Trust project “”Sustainable Development and Community Involvement Initiatives for the Implementation of World Heritage Convention”, UNESCO World Heritage Center and UNESCO Islamabad initiated a Project to enhance the role of communities in safeguarding and conservation of the World Heritage Sites. The participating location where the project was implemented was Pakistan (Makli/ Thatta& Lahore) and Bangladesh (Paharpur). In Lahore, THAAP in collaboration with the Institute of Art and Culture opted to engage with the core community of the Ustads (tradition bearers) and practitioners and along with the Institute teachers and THAAP experts explored ways and means to enrich the relevance of the traditional building crafts.

On the second day of the exhibition, a round table conference was held. The objective of the conference was to shed light on the issue of sustainability of Traditional Crafts in Contemporary Times. The attendees were Ustads (tradition bearers), project team from IAC, academicians and professionals (architects and interior designers).

The conference addressed issues of bringing Traditional Building Crafts (Calligraphy, Kashikari, Fresco Painting, and Woodwork) into the professional mainstream and reviving the lost areas of art and crafts. Along with the initiatives of exhibitions & workshops the prior issue was remitted by introducing the Ustads and Professionals to each other at the roundtable conference. Discussions were led by the attendees that encapsulated the methodologies in which the traditional crafts can be used by the interior designers and architects. Various ideas were put forward by the designers that included use of traditional crafts in residential, commercial, institutional, landscape and retail; interiors and exteriors.

The academics and researchers discussed the importance of methodologies by which the building crafts can become sustainable in the market. Historical value and terminologies of the building crafts were also discussed. The session also looked into the ways in which the practitioners of the skill can produce handsome livelihoods, henceforth can be benefitted by the industry of design and construction.

The roundtable conference concluded that such crafts are our heritage and have been part of our built environment since centuries. These are the embellishers of space that we should promote as designers and academicians as our rich heritage.



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