Dubai Food Fiesta
The Dubai Food Fiesta is organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre and takes place on 28 February and 1 March 2014. The event is designed to be a fun-filled, family day out focused around food.
One of the key themes of the festival is a competition for UAE-based schools to educate and engage children around the sources and processes involved in food production and the message of healthy eating. In 2014 the focus is on the production of fruit and vegetables, from cultivation to harvest. Winners in the competition will be awarded prizes to the value of 10,000 Dhs.
If your school is interested in participating in the competition or you would like more information visit their website at www.dubaifoodfestival.com.
Dubai International Film Festival
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region, presenting new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond. This year’s festival is 6 to 14 December, 2013. DIFF's Cinema for Children programme is dedicated to showcasing the best films for younger audiences. Schools are invited to design extra-curricular activities around the festival's children's programme.
For more information on special screenings for schools, please contact Vinita Bharadwaj on 04-3613742 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DIFF’s website is www.dubaifilmfest.com..
DEWA Conservation Award
‘Conservation Award - For A Better Tomorrow’ is presented to educational institutions in Dubai for best practices in electricity and water conservation and usage. The award programme highlights the achievements of individuals such as students, staff, faculty, and members of the facility management and administration of the participating institutions.
Held in partnership with KHDA, the award is in its ninth year and is an integral part of DEWA’s strategic initiative to combat global warming and climate change. The award was established in line with Dubai’s commitment to environmental sustainability and received the Dubai Government Excellence Program Award (DGEP) 2009 for outstanding savings in electricity and water consumption, as well its incremental growth in participation and popularity within the educational sector.
More information is available at www.dewa.gov.ae/community/conservation/consawardintro.aspx..
Green Hope UAE
Green Hope UAE was founded by Kehkashan Basu, a 13-year-old student at Deira International School. Green Hope UAE is a youth environmental organisation which is working to involve children and youth in conservation projects, environmental workshops and academies and to provide a networking platform to share their projects for a sustainable, green future. Issues that are important to the organisation are climate change, biodiversity, reduction of the carbon footprint and fossil fuel usage.
To learn more about Green Hope UAE and how your school can become involved, visit the website www.greenhopeuae.wix.com/greenhope or www.facebook.com/greenhopeuae..
The Change Initiative
The Change Initiative is a great venue for students to learn about sustainability. Their showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road proudly carries the prestigious title of the most sustainable building in the world, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2013. The Change Initiative offers tailored workshops for early years, elementary and university students. When necessary, bespoke modules can also be developed to meet specific learning requirements.
For more information, their website is www.thechangeinitiative.com..
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
To be held from 4 to 8 March in Dubai, The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, the love of reading and writing.
The festival creates a wonderful opportunity for visitors to meet world-famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. Writing competitions and an inter-school quiz are amongst the educational highlights, and children will also have the chance to hear and meet some of their favourite writers.
For more details about how your school can participate, visit their website www.emirateslitfest.com.
Al Jalila Foundation
Al Jalila Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in November 2012 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support medical treatment, education and research. The foundation’s programmes focus on healthcare challenges across the Emirates, under the banner ‘United in Prosperity’. The programmes support Vision 2021 whereby ‘the UAE will take a proactive stance in developing new, more effective ways to combat locally prevalent and genetic illnesses through support for cutting-edge medical research’. Al Jalila Foundation pursues programmes targeted at different audiences, with different strategic partners, yet united by a shared vision to transform lives.
Through its Ta’alouf programme, which means ‘harmony’ in Arabic, Al Jalila Foundation works in unison with strategic partners, parents, educators and the wider community to empower children with developmental issues. The first initiative under Ta’alouf is the Parents Training Programme, in which parents gain life-changing skills that enable them to manage their children’s special needs.
For more information on Al Jalila Foundation please visit www.aljalilafoundation.ae.
Ahdaaf, which means ‘Goals’ in Arabic, was formed in 2008 through the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development and is a one-stop shop for everything related to sports. Ahdaaf’s aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle and bridge the gap between different communities through sports. Ahdaaf has grown organically in the past 4 years. In 2012, Ahdaaf was awarded the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Best Small Business in the Service Sector and Yousuf Al Hashimi, Managing Partner of Ahdaaf Sports Club was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ahdaaf currently manages 17 indoor and outdoor fields in the UAE and its services include youth coaching courses, leagues and tournaments, rental of sports fields and teambuilding sports events.
For more information, visit their website: www.ahdaaf.ae.