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)
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.
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.
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.
The Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, arrived in Dubai for a visit on Wednesday.
More private banks eye Afghan licencesdomestic private banking sector to foreign operators who are allowed 100 per cent ownership in new banks while permitting international banks to enter its almost virgin market under its new banking law, said Dr. Anwar Ahady, governor of Afghanistan's central bank.
With $5 million minimum capital, investors can set up a private bank in Afghanistan, for which the process has been simplified, officials claimed.
First Ismaili Centre to be built in ME - AGA KHAN ANNONCES FIRST ISMAILI CENTRE IN MIDDLE EAST - 2003-12-13Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims, announced the first Ismaili Centre to be built in the Middle East. Ismaili Centre, Dubai, when completed, will be comparable in scope and standing to existing major centres in London, Vancouver and Lisbon, one underway in Dushanbe and other in advanced planning stages in Toronto. The foundation ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and President of Department of Civil Aviation representing Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
By encouraging and supporting revitalisation of Islam's heritage across many cultures in which it is expressed, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been able to help generate new resources, talent and energy that is being recognised and has an impact far beyond the Islamic world, said Dr Suha Ozkan, Secretary-General of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.