Nestled in one of Bur Dubai's older districts is one of the emirate's best kept architectural secrets: the Ismaili Centre of Dubai. It is a 13,000-square-metre structure designed by the Egyptian duo Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid, who drew inspiration from Cairo's Fatimid mosques.
The structure was inaugurated in 2008 by Prince Karim, the Aga Khan, in the presence of senior UAE officials. A 3,000-square-metre public neighbourhood park was also created on parts of the land based on Islamic garden themes. The architecture is an amalgamation of everything that is beautiful in Islam.
2007, July 20: The 20,000-strong community in Dubai will celebrate the anniversary in a series of events and the inauguration of several cultural and educational centres, a representative of the Ismaili community in Dubai told Gulf News. [Gulf News]
23 March 2008 DUBAI Hamdan meets with Aga Khan - 03/25/2008 12:34 AM | WAM - Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, on Monday received Prince Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Islamic Ismaili sect. Shaikh Hamdan and Aga Khan reviewed a number of educational, social and developmental projects implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation in Arab and Islamic countries. Among those present was Shaikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Emiri Flight Authority. [http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10200089.html]
2008, March 23: General/ HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces received in Abu Dhabi yesterday HH Prince Aga Khan, Leader of the Ismaili community who is currently visiting the country along with his daughter Princess Zahra and his son Prince Rahim. Present during the meeting was Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. [Emirates News Agency, WAM XB]
2008, March 27 - Dubai: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shiite Ismaili Muslims, yesterday said that the new Ismaili Centre in Dubai is a place for peaceful contemplation. 'It is not a place to hide from the world, but rather a place which inspires us to engage our worldly work as a direct extension of our faith,' the Aga Khan told a big gathering at the opening of the Ismaili Centre in Dubai. Gulf News [More of this article, see Forum section]
2008, March 30: Aga Khan opens the Middle East's first Ismaili Centre - His Highness the Aga Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims has recently officially opened an Ismaili Centre in Dubai - the fast growing metropolis of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). [http://www.ameinfo.com/151602.html]. More click here
2008, March 28 and 29 Princess Zahra and H.H. The Aga Khan's horses are running in Dubai at Nad al Sheba Racecourse, Dubai Sheema Classic saturday 29 March. DARJINA is a filly owned by P Zahra who has good record in French Races. Her jockey would be wearing Brown & Green colours. MOURILYAN who was recently sold by The Aga Khan is also racing.
23 March 2008 DUBAI - The Ismaili Centre in Dubai will be opened on March 26 by The Aga Khan. As the fourth Ismaili Centre in the world and the first in the Middle East, the opening of this centre is historic for the community. Situated on Oud Metha Road, the centre introduces a timeless statement of Islamic architecture to the contemporary landscape of the Middle East.
2008, March 26 - DUBAI (AFP)
Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali is expected to announce reciprocal measures to turn the Indo-Pakistan thaw into a virtual flood at a public rally in the north-west city of Mansehra, 70km north of Islamabad amid intense speculation he will announce resumption of overflights and more importantly, name an envoy to India.A government official said he would announce 'an important initiative' at the rally.
Pakistan has not yet officially declared reciprocal moves.
The hopes and aspirations of over a million Afghan children were kindled yesterday when the Prime Minister of the interim administration of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, declared open the new school year - but despite the delivery of thousands of books and school materials, the vast majority of schools both in the capital and in the interior are crying out for more.Schools like the well-known Habibia Girls' School in Kabul, built with U.S. aid, the Manoochara Girls' School and the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan School, right in the heart of Kabul, have no desks or chairs let alone books and pencils.
His Highness the Aga Khan, arrives here today for a visit to Dubai.During the course of his stay, the Aga Khan is expected to meet with the Rulers of Dubai. The Aga Khan, who has been visiting the Middle East and Gulf region earlier will brief them on the range of activities being undertaken by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the region.
The Privatisation Commission yesterday formally granted the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), the rights to 51 per cent of the shareholding in Habib Bank Ltd against a committed investment of Rs22.4 billion ($389 million) in accordance with all statutory requirements and terms approved by the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation.'This sale represents a very important step towards enhancing potential in the financial services sector and towards reinvigorating investment by those with a solid and proven interest in growing this country's economy,' said Pakistan's Finance Minister Sha
THE Aga Khan University Hospital, the leading arm of Pakistani development sector giants, the Aga Khan Development Network, finally made their Middle East move yesterday by establishing a representative office in Dubai which will also act as the liaison and specimen collection centre for UAE patients.The office was inaugurated by Shaikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director Sharjah Medical District in the presence of AKUH team headed by Dr Shamsh Kassim Lakha, president of university hospital and CEO Nadeem Mustafa Khan.
The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, is to open its first representative office here on May 4. The new office is located at the Oud Metha Office complex and will be opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health and Director of the Sharjah Medical District.
Two public health awareness programmes, one each in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have been organised on May 4 and May 5, in connection with the opening of the office.
Sheikh Ahmed lays the foundation for the new Ismaili Centre in the presence of Prince Karim Aga Khan.Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Shiite Ismaili Muslims, yesterday said the Ismaili Centre in Dubai will be a symbol of confluence between the spiritual and the secular in Islam.
'The centre in Dubai, the first in the Middle East, will be a place for contemplation and search for enlightenment where people come together to share knowledge and wisdom.