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Children’s International Film Festival

Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF) provides an international platform for UAE school children to showcase their creativity in a nation-wide filmmaking competition. It also inspires children through screening meaningful international films. CIFF’s 2014 edition saw some 1,000 young filmmakers from 44 schools create 65 films, while 15,000 children could choose to watch any of the 234 international films screened in 38 languages from 36 countries. www.ciff.ae

Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs has been in operation for more than a century and today, the organisation is a major contributor to Dubai’s economy. Following a major overhaul of the corporation’s strategy its future plan is now firmly in-line with Dubai’s vision, expectations and expansion plans. Ongoing reform and a modernisation programme is in place in order to accomplish its goals and objectives while meeting its vision as the leading Customs administration in the world. www.dubaicustoms.gov.ae

DEWA

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is now accepting entries for the 10th Conservation Award – For a Better Tomorrow. The award is presented to educational institutions and teaching establishments in Dubai for best practices in electricity and water conservation. The team from DEWA Conservation Award will be on hand at What Works to tell you more and to help you submit your entries. For more information, please visit www.dewa.gov.ae/community/conservation/consawardintro.aspx

Dubai International Film Festival

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the region, presenting the finest Arab and international cinema. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

This year’s festival takes place from 10-17 December and as in previous years, DIFF works with schools to organise special screenings for students. Films range from cinema for children to contemporary Arabic films and historical epics to critically acclaimed documentaries.

For more information on special screenings for schools, please speak to DIFF representatives at What Works today or contact Vinita Bharadwaj on vinita.viswanathan@filmfest.ae. www.dubaifilmfest.com.

Dubai Municipality

Founded in 1954, Dubai Municipality was established to organise construction and beautification of Dubai and provide constructive suggestions to the government. Today, Dubai Municipality is regarded as one of the largest governmental institutions in terms of services rendered and projects executed. Thus the municipality is the leading driver of growth and evolution of the Emirate of Dubai. www.dm.gov.ae

Dubai Sports Council

Dubai Sports Council was founded in 2005 with the aim to create a comprehensive sports environment in Dubai. It is particularly passionate about cultivating young peoples’ sporting and cultural talents in a way that leads them to achieve tangible results. Dubai Sports Council helps to organise major sports events in Dubai and provides many eServices including e-Job and volunteer applications. www.dubaisportscouncil.ae

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

To be held from March 3-7 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, 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 workshop 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. To find out more, speak to a representative here today. www.eaifl.com

Fit4Skool

Fit4Skool was designed by teachers to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in schools leading to a healthy and active lifestyle. Fit4Skool is designed to be more than a school resource. The programme is entirely delivered through instructional/technique videos that are accessible on the Fit4Skool website and application. Fit4Skool will unite school life and home life together to maximise student progress, communication and also encourage a shared learning environment in which students, teachers and families can benefit. For more information contact chris@fit4skool.com. www.fit4skool.com/freepage

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Its four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. Founded in 1968, IB currently works with 3,870 schools in 147 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to more than 1,219,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.www.ibo.org

International Fund for Animal Welfare

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) saves animals in need all around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, we rescue individual animals, campaign to prevent animal cruelty and advocate for the protection of wildlife and habitats. www.ifaw.org

Maktoum Project for Quran Reciting

The Maktoum Holy Qur’an Memorisation Project is entering its 15th year. In 2013, some 450 winners of different ages and special needs were honoured. This year, the project’s headquarters has undergone a major 20 million AED makeover. Better equipped classes will be provided for boys and girls and according to the head of the project the new building will be a major leap in the project’s work. Changes and additions in the contest’s categories are also expected for this year.

National Electronic Security Authority

The National Electronic Security Authority (NESA) is a UAE federal authority responsible for the advancement of the nation’s cybersecurity, expanding cyber education and creating a collaborative culture rooted in information technology and innovation. NESA is committed to protecting our nation’s infrastructure from all cyber threats, utilising the latest innovative technologies and setting cybersecurity strategies and policies. Its Cyber Quest programme aims to increase situational awareness of information security issues amongst high school students and teachers through fun after-school learning activities.

Public Prosecution

Consisting of four departments, Ministry of Justice, Dubai Courts, Judiciary Department and Dubai Public Prosecution, this government entity provides excellent judicial and legal services to the people of Dubai. The organisation works hard to build partnerships with relevant institutions in Dubai and maintains open channels of communication in order to support young people in Dubai who aspire to work in all fields of judicial and legal services. www.pp.gov.ae

Rainbow Readiness

Rainbow Readiness is all about getting your little superstars ready for the exciting world of school and education. The Rainbow Readiness book combines an easy-to-understand introduction to your child’s development with practical and easy-to-follow activity cards that you and your little one can enjoy together. It’s been designed with busy parents and full diaries in mind, so you can be confident that you are enriching your child’s development, whatever your schedule. www.ematters.ae

Roads and Transport Authority

Roads and Transport Authority aims to provide safe and smooth transport for Dubai. It works to develop a world-class roads and public transport network through using the latest technology and international best practices. www.rta.ae

Young Entrepreneur Competition

SME is an agency of Dubai Economic Department and its annual Young Entrepreneur Competition is a four-day event which brings together students from different private and public high schools, colleges and universities across the UAE. www.yec.ae

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