Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 4:15 am Post subject: Registration done on the day of opening but still pending
we have applied for our family. family head as mother.all the details are correct but still its pending.i dont knw what to do as our health insurance and tickets and booking are confirmed.there is no contact no given on the site for query?
Just be patient, you will get your confirmation and if not, you will still be able to have your card by showing the pre-registration number in Lisbon. You can not be held responsible for the mismanagement of the registration process.
Once our Registration has been validated are there more steps for registration or no. We were asked to indicate how we are traveling and on what days after Validation, just wondering if there will be more information needed to provide.
I think they want to have an idea on when people are coming and how many will be there each day, this is probably for planning the events.
I don't think they will need or ask other info. I have been told people have a hard time sending their flight arrival info. Either their server is overload because too many people are accessing it or there is a bug in the programing.
I’m sitting on the airplane thinking about the last several days – incredible, amazing, crazy days filled with meetings, discussions, site visits, planning, getting to know new individuals and reconnecting with old friends, not to mention the warm hospitality of the Portuguese Jamat. It’s the strongest sense of 2007 déjà vu and it’s hard to describe how lucky I feel finding myself in the midst of these brilliant minds and with a part to play in this historic event.
While a lot of information will be officially released to the Jamat in the coming weeks, I thought I would share some of my experiences and observations as a first time visitor so that those of you making the trip may hopefully benefit.
Arrivals: If you are traveling in a group, try and organize an airport transfer beforehand. When I arrived, there was a line-up of about 500 people waiting for taxis and it seemed like it would be an unbearable wait after a long flight. Uber is available, though again, who knows what the situation will be during the summer rush. I ventured into the Metro but with luggage, all signage in Portuguese and being unsure which line to take or where I was heading, I didn’t think this was a smart choice. There are also shuttles that go into the city with stops at major hotels but with the ticket machine out of order and no buses in sight, I was stuck. Eventually I found the Tourist Information Desk inside the arrivals hall. They sell taxi vouchers and the driver is there immediately, so this is a good last resort. A taxi costs about 12-15 Euros into the city centre (depending on traffic) while the Tourismo taxis cost a flat rate of 23 Euros.
The City: Lisbon is very compact so don’t be too worried about where to stay; everything is close by. The venue for all the events, as well as the Ismaili Centre, are only about a 15 minute drive from the airport (or from anywhere in the city). Taxis and Uber are cheap compared to other European cities, so assuming you can find them during peak time, you should be fine. There is also a Metro but I didn’t get to explore that.
There are some beautiful, colourful, culturally rich neighborhoods – do take the time to go explore. I wandered around Rossio, Avenida da Liberdade, Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Alfama in the few free hours I had and they were all great. Please bring comfortable, flat walking shoes with good grip. The streets are cobblestoned and Lisbon is very hilly, so the sidewalks can be very slippery even when dry. Also make sure you have appropriate and cool clothing, a hat and sunscreen – temperatures can reach 35°C and above in July.
Communications: While Wi-Fi is generally available for free in most places, getting a local SIM card is easy. Vodafone has one for 10 Euros that covers 3GB of data and bundled minutes of local talk time, in addition to 10GB for Whatsapp and social media apps. Do make sure you bring an unlocked phone if you are coming from the West. Given the large number of people that will be around, get a couple of SIM cards in case you need to stay in touch with family or friends or get lost – you will also need it to get around.
Things to do: There are a host of exciting activities, concerts and performances planned, in addition to the Art and Film Festivals. Don’t think for a moment that you will be bored or need to book tours to kill time - you will have lots to see and do all week so make the most of it and try to re-connect with all those coming down from around the world. Also do not miss the opportunity to see the Ismaili Centre – it is stunning.
For the shopaholics, the malls are open till midnight everyday (sorry gentlemen, get that extra limit on the credit cards). Centro Vasco da Gama is adjacent to the Festival site and Centro Colombo is also one of the largest Malls in the city and easily accessible.
Food: Food is cheap and very good. By the time you leave, you will be living and breathing pasteis de nata custard tarts, frango peri peri chicken and bica espresso coffee. I didn’t get the chance to try any seafood but this is also supposed to be amazing.
Language: It would help if you learned a few basic Portuguese words and phrases. Many shopkeepers, taxi drivers and restaurants don’t speak English.
I hope these few tips help you with your planning. Stay tuned to all the official Ismaili web and social channels for things you will need to know. Do let me know if you are coming – it would be great to connect again. And if you are still on the fence, close your eyes and just go book that ticket! “I wish I had come” is not acceptable. There, I said it.
See you in Lisboa this July!
Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 6:56 pm Post subject: registration
Ya ali madad,
After validation from national council, i got a mail that your registration is accepted.
For visa purpose this email should be submitted or any other letter will be received ??
The first International Jubilee Arts Festival will be held from July 6-9, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. During the historic four‐day, multidisciplinary arts event, artists, patrons, and volunteers will celebrate some of the best artistic talent from across the global Ismaili community. The International Arts Festival is a unique opportunity for the Jamat to experience our rich cultural traditions and plurality.
Altice Arena in Lisbon will host the International Talent Showcase; NOS Cinema within the Vasco da Gama Mall will host the International Film Festival; and the Portugal Pavilion will host the International Art Gallery.
Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 1:14 pm Post subject: Re: Registration
Ya ali madad,
I think registration process is taking long time as only 45 days left, we should get confirmation letter now, so we can start processing for the visa.
After you register for Portugal Darbar your local council will confirm your registration. If all ok you will get a confirmation email from the Registration for Lisbon Darbar team. This confirmation will contain an attachment that you need to print and bring to Lisbon. Also you are required to enter your travel details, the means of transportation, arrival and departure dates.
honestly I tried the first link, it sent me to the second link and the second link just keeps turning. I tried this afternoon, I tried late night, I don't know if the server is busy or if it is a bad programing. No wonder the organisation is a mess.
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All festivities begin on July 5th. In order to accommodate all of the people we are expecting the jamat is going to be asked to purchase “tickets” in advance for any of the shows or exhibits they want to attend.
Ticketing system: When each one of you registered you were given a registration ID. This ID number was given to you once you received your confirmation email. Think of this ID number as your “new name” while in Lisbon. Any tickets you buy will need the ID number and then when you reach Lisbon you will pick up your wrist band that will have all your tickets already in it. Imagine this wrist band as your “all inclusive” band you get when your on a resort. Without the band you can’t get access. You can only purchase 2 tickets per person per event for the entire week. This will allow other Jamati members to also participate.
Thus far we have over 47 thousand people registered and anticipated to come.
From my knowledge the blue ticket website will be going live to sell these tickets as of tomorrow. https://blueticket.pt/
July 5th: Opening of Rays of Light, AKM, Ethics in Action, first concert
July 6&7: MHI is doing mulaquats for the Portuguese Jamat only in Lisbon JK
July 6th: Opening of the Art Gallery, The film festival and the Mela space . (The mela space is where the jamat will congregate together to do workshops, JK, dinner, Talent stages etc)
July 7-9: All the above will be open. Talent show cases during the day in the FIL building and/or shows at night in the Alice arena.
**The arena only holds 12,000 people, so if you want to watch the talent show in the arena, buy your tickets in advance**
July 8-10- JK tours will be happening- not sure how to book it yet, but ill let you know. Please note Lisbon JK will be closed all week. ALL JK ceremonies will be at the FIL building on site where the Festival is being held. JK ceremonies at the FIL is planned daily for 6pm
July 10th: Jubilee Closing concert
July 11th- Global Didar
Please remember that a lot of activities will be happening all at the same time, so try to plan in advance and keep your walking shoes close!
This is the location of all the activities:
International Art Gallery (IAG)- Portugal Pavillion
ROL, AKM, Ethics In Action - Portugal Pavilion
International Film Festival (IFF) Nos Theatre
International Talent Show (ITS)- Daytime at the Feira International Lisbon (FIL), night time at Altice Arena
Concerts - Altice Area.
The National Council is pleased to share with the Jamat, logistical information pertaining to the Diamond Jubilee celebration, taking place in Lisbon from July 5th to July 11th 2018.
The upcoming Mulaqat for the Portuguese jurisdiction Jamat, is foreseen for Saturday, July 7th.
The Religious Ceremonies of Ism-e-Azam and Mahadan na Chaanta, are foreseen for the morning of July 7th, at The Ismaili Center, Lisbon.
The Mehmani Ceremony is foreseen for the afternoon of July 7th at Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, after which, sharbat and dinner will be served to the Portuguese jurisdiction Jamat.
We will continue to celebrate this momentous day together with the international Jamat at Patio Mela, located at Parque das Nações, where will engage in Dandia Raas and other festivities.
The collection of access cards for the various religious ceremonies of the Mulaqat including the wristbands for the Global Darbar will be shared in due course.
Tickets for the Concert on July 5th, are still on sale. The Jamat can visit www.blueticket.pt
Information regarding the purchasing of tickets for The Jubilee Concert on July 10th, The International Talent Showcase, The International Art Gallery, The International Film Festival and The Rays of Light exhibition, will be available via the Council Office and online shortly.
Pátio Mela is the Central Hospitality & Entertainment Hub for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, which will serve as the central gathering place for the attending Jamat. The venue and facilities are designed to create a warm sense of hospitality, inviting social interaction and celebration, while also fostering unity and togetherness.
What is the meaning of the word “Mela”?
The word “Mela” means an assembly, fair or crowd. It is also an Indian noun used to describe a festival.
What is the meaning of the word “Pátio”?
The word “Pátio” means courtyard or concourse. In Portuguese, it is also used to describe a place of gathering or assembly.
Where will Pátio Mela be located ?
Pátio Mela will be located at Parque das Nações, Lisbon, between Praça Sony and the Portugal pavilion, including Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL) and the outdoors areas.
What is the schedule for Pátio Mela?
The opening ceremony for Pátio Mela is on 5 July 2018.
From 5-9 July Pátio Mela will be open from 12 PM to 5:30 PM and 7 PM to 12 AM.
On July 10, Pátio Mela will open at 12 PM and close at 10 PM.
On July 11, the outdoor spaces will be open from 7 PM to 12 AM, whilst the indoor spaces will be open from 7 PM to 2 AM. On this day, the Pátio Mela will extend to all outdoor areas and FIL pavilions (3 of 4 in total), after religious ceremonies and dinner. The show to be held on Stage 1 will be broadcasted to all other pavilions, so that everyone can celebrate in all areas.
On this day, a closing ceremony will include festivities such as music, dancing, and other entertainment activities.
Note: The schedule is subject to change.
Who can visit the Pátio Mela?
Pátio Mela is a congregation of celebration welcoming the Global Jamat and their families. Participants can access the facilities with the Diamond Jubilee wristband to be collected upon arriving into Lisbon.
Will I need a ticket to enter?
Every person must be registered in order to enter the venue. The registration is free and automatic when you register for Diamond Jubilee Celebration. A wristband will be given to you that you should keep with you in order to enter and exit the venue. Children can enter on their own, as long as they have the wristband. However, they will not be permitted to leave the venue alone (age threshold to be determined).
What activities can I find in Pátio Mela?
In Pátio Mela you will find a great variety of facilities and activities, both indoor and outdoor. Special areas will be set up for children (see below), stages with different performers, cafes and restaurants, interactive performances, a chill out zone, dancing areas, and everything you need to have a memorable experience.
What facilities can I find in the Pátio Mela for children?
There are plenty of activities for children. You will find a nursery, playground, kids zone, street performers, and many entertainment items, including the stages. These services will be available for children aged 3 to 15 (the nursery will accommodate children under 3).
What kind of food can I find?
There will be several restaurants and food trucks available in the Pátio Mela, where you can purchase and taste different cuisines from around the world.
Pátio Mela is the central hub of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, and will be open between 5 and 11 July 2018. It will be a gathering space to celebrate diversity, creativity, and community that will be open during the day and night, and will be spread across indoor and outdoor areas. The purpose of the facilities is to provide a space for the global Jamat to come together and engage in activities in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
Celebration, unity, and creativity are the elements that will be promoted in Pátio Mela throughout the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon, Portugal. Pátio Mela is a space for cultural and artistic activities. Features include the Expo Park, which will comprise of:
• The co-designing area of the Chalk Walk for participants to create a large scale art piece on the outdoor festival grounds
• The collaborative art spot of the Sentiment Wall to capture participants’ sentiments with thought-provoking prompts
• Large installations of Lisboa scenery for participants to take digital photos and capture memories in Photo Park
• 3D printing experience with a virtual reality tilt brush
• A relaxing communal area, named ‘Chillout Lounge’
• World Cup Café
• Kids Zone
• A range of cuisines to savour in restaurants and food trucks
Pátio Mela will also have live music and performances on various stages featuring musicians and performing artists from Portugal and across the world. Facilities will be open across indoor and outdoor areas during the daytime and night-time. Please go through Pátio Mela FAQs (above) for details on the schedule including the timings, opening and closing ceremonies, and special services for children and senior citizens.
used the Metro everywhere. It’s so good and easy and I believe open until quite late. Very safe. You will see more women at night then men. Try and buy the card (like presto card) from a person instead of machine, as you can get a discount, but it’s really not that pricey at the machine either. And even after the card has no money left on it, don’t get rid of it, as it can be re-loaded. Also make sure not to try to use the same card for both of u. If you make a mistake and load both tickets on 1 card, get the assistance to reverse prior to using. Once u activate, you can’t change and have to pay again. (We made that mistake when trying to go to Cascais, and ended up wasting 20E. Uber is really good there too. Not that pricey.
Go to tube stop Cais do Sodre and then catch the train to Belem
Touristy place, visit the Monastery, the cultural centre and see the monument on the riverside. Also eat a famous Belem tart ("Pasteis de Belem"). While standing near the water, if you walk Left, pass the bridge, there is a line of restaurants by the water. The area I believe is called Docka. Looked great, didn’t have enough time to go try. We also went to the Coach museum if you like the carriages and stuff from the 14-16 centuries, it’s quite cool
Avenida da Liberdade
Go to tube stop Marques de Pombal
This is Lisbon's 5th avenue. Walk all the way down and you'll pass by two great areas: Restauradores (also a Metro stop) (where the Hard Rock Cafe is) and Rossio (a huge square)- We spent a LOT of time in this area, the Rossio square area. It’s called Fama I believe. Amazing restaurant and ambiance. Best Pasteis de nata at a place called Fabrica. The Italian restaurant across from Fabrica (tables in the middle of the road) had the best, spiciest Penne arrabiata we have ever had. Chef is indian 
Expo 98 area- Didn’t make it here.
Go to the tube stop Oriente
This part of the city was built from scratch in the Expo 98. Really nice walk by the riverside. Also has a nice Oceanarium- apparently the best in all of Europe. Not enough time for everything
Go to tube stop Rossio. Should be a 15 min walk
Typical old Lisbon small streets. Great for roaming around on feet
Fama ...(there is a streetcar from downtown Lisbon areas called Russio) this streetcar will take you through old lisbon. Get off any time and enjoy the delicious food and listen to fado (live sad love songs)
Sintra- really nice
A bit far away from Lisbon (30 minutes by train). I would recommend a tourist bus with local hop on hop off
Lovely old city on top of the mountains with Palaces, huge Gardens and Castles. Well worth the visit. Good local pastries (queijadas). Google “Sintra” to have an idea of the beauty of the place
Cascais- so we lined up for 45 min to buy the tickets
“Village” close to the beach side. Pleasant place to spend an afternoon. North most point of lisbon. Great beaches and walking area
You can also visit the Expo site and you will see the longest bridge in europe...ponte vasco de gama- there is a mall near there also, and it’s open until Midnight
Always start the night in Bairro Alto. It's by the tube stop BAIXA-CHIADO. You can even have dinner there if you want. A good time to go would be 23:00/23:30 (or around 21:00/22:00 for dinner).
Bairro Alto is basically 3 or 4 small streets with dozens of bars. Make sure to buy a drink in one of the bars and then just walk around and meet people. Always packed and always loads of foreigners. A beer should cost 1.20 and a huge caipirinha or mojito 5. If you want to hear Fado music, I think Café Lusso in Barrio is best known for it, but there are many such places. It’s worth going there. Very lively.
Another place with some bars in Cais do Sodré (Rua Cor de Rosa) or Principe Real (near Rato tube station). These are up and coming nightlife areas in Lisbon and slightly more “fancy” than Bairro Alto.
When you're in Bairro Alto, Cais do Sodré or Principe Real ask around about where the night is good. Portuguese people will help you out and give you good recommendations, hopefully.
recommend the Zomato App to search for good/close restaurant recommendations.
Mercado da Ribeira (old market converted into a trendy dinning place). This market has around 30 top restaurants at pretty affordable prices (10 – 20 € per person). We ate Piri chicken and Pregos there. Pregos was great. There was a LOT of choices and I really enjoyed the surroundings. Metro stop for this would be Cais de Sodre
Palácio do Chiado (old palace converted into a trendy dinning place). This old palace has around 5 good restaurants (15 – 25 € per person)
Chiado area. Many restaurants - Brasserie de Entrecote (30€ pp), Esperança – Italian restaurante (15€ pp), many Michelin star restaurantes around this area
Principe Real area. Many good dinning places. Impossible to select just one place
Guincho area. This area is a 40 minute drive from Lisbon. Equivalent to what the Hamptons are to New York. Very pricey restaurants (30 – 40 € pp) with an amazing view (Ocean front).
Lisbon Ismaili Center
Public tours of the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon are available for free, but must be pre-arranged. Tours are generally offered every day, except on Wednesdays.
Please also note that a tour must be booked at least two days in advance so that the availability of our volunteer tour guides can be assured. Occasionally a tour may be cancelled due to other programmes and events taking place at the Ismaili Centre. If that happens and your tour is affected, an email will be sent to notify you.
Please arrange your tour by contacting the secretariat of the Ismaili Council for Portugal at email@example.com(link sends e-mail)<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon is situated about 10-15 minutes from the city centre at Avenida Lusíada nº1, 1500-650 Lisboa<https://www.google.com/maps/place/38%C2%B045%2702.2%22N+9%C2%B010%2711.7%22Wemail@example.com,-9.16991,247m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0!6m1!1e1>. The best way to arrive at the Ismaili Centre is by car, taxi or metro.
Arriving by metro
There are two options for reaching the Ismaili Centre using Lisbon's metro system<http://metro.transporteslisboa.pt/eng/customer-info/diagrams-and-maps/journey-planner/>:
• Take the blue line and exit at Laranjeiras station. The Ismaili Centre is a 5 minute walk from the station, next to Loja do Cidadão das Laranjeiras (a well known place in the area).
• Take the yellow line and exit at Cidade Universitária station. The Ismaili Centre is a 15-20 minute walk in the direction of the Portuguese Catholic University, and is located beyond the university on the opposite side of Avenida Lusíada.
Colombo...largest mall in Lisbon, open until Midnight...close to JK- ( Really close, we ubered it there and had great Indian food. But I hear that it has a great Piri piri chicken place there too. But if you go JK any day other than Monday, you may want to go to Abbrazza which is apparently Ismaili owned and best Piri piri chicken) also I hear that the guia restaurant at Colombo mall have the best Portuguese chicken enjoy
ok, now for beyond Lisbon:
Albufeira...most popular tourist destination for the bars..shopping and beaches. This is where we stayed. Our hotel was a bit far from center of town, but the best beach. Praia de Falecia. Town is great. We had such a fun time there. There is an unusual amount of Indian restaurants. U see more of that than anything else. It’s strange but guess they have so many UK people. We ate at a place called recommended by our Uber driver LOL…A Ruina https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g189112-d1469159-r114212044-Ruina_A_Restaurant-Albufeira_Faro_District_Algarve.html it was a wonderful location, we sat at the very top overlooking the ocean, but I won’t lie, it was expensive, but food was good. Apparently it’s fish from real fishermen and not farmers. LOL…I just don’t know if you need to go to such an expensive place for seafood, when most restaurants there are good. 
Lagos..nice city with a beautiful beach called Prai de ana. Has the first indoor slave market in Europe. It’s a really pretty town.
Sagres...most southwesterly point in europe and portugal Cape St Vicent..stunning views from fort of the ocean...It’s called the end of the world! Nice drive, and seeing one of the largest and strongest Lighthouse in Europe
Silves- Nice little town too. Lots of Moorish presence. There is a castle and they have these festivals during the weekend. Might be worthwhile
Drive east of albufeira...
Vilamoura....nice marina, beautiful hotels, marina,
Keep driving and you end up in spain.
Best place to eat...a city called Guia. Restaurant calles...o rei de frangos. Most popular...expect 30m line ups...order baby chicken...don't miss...close to albufeira.
Portimao- town where u can eat the best grilled sardinhas. Around there are beaches with rocs Praia da Rocha.
There is a JK here, and it’s supposed to be really nice. (if interested)
65 Avenida S. Joao de Deus, Portimao
It is not easy to find unless you have Gps.
Mukhisaheb Murad (351) 282 101 063
Wife Yasmin cell(351) 919 790 516
Kamadianimaa Munira Alybhai (351) 309 805 721
Faro- We went from Albufeira to Faro by Uber. I think it was about 30Eu. Very pleasant drive. Took only 30 min.
U can go to the port of Faro and take the boat to go and visit Formosa island which is a natural resort for birds etc.
The old town is beautiful and the church there etc. Rua San Antonio is the centre of Faro. We really enjoyed the day. Went to a Crepe place called Crepes and Roll. Just opened only 3 weeks ago. The couple is from France and just moved there. Lots of French, Brazilian are moving there. Brazilian make up most population in Quarteira actually. My sister just bought a place here as her husband’s family live there. They have 2 restaurants- Sol e Jardim and Dos Irmaos in case u want to try. We went to see them, but felt bad eating there as we knew they wouldn’t take money from us. But the reviews are pretty good. They’ve owned them for over 30 years and the Dos Irmaos is also featured in Fodor’s so I’m sure it’s good. We ate pizza ( ) at the Doka https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g189116-d1486752-Reviews-Sol_e_Jardim-Faro_Faro_District_Algarve.html
JK- it’s so beautiful we went to it. But not many people…
Quarteira s beach- beautiful beach in town. ate at an indian restau on the beach called Shalimar. I guess it was good. Al liked it. I am not big on spicy food, so can’t really comment. Naan was really good. LOL…
Tavira is a nice medieval town and a place to see. Around nice beaches like the one where u go by train. Praia du Barril, Praia del Rei, etc.
Praia verde : My sister and her family love this place, but its around 40 km from Faro
Golf courses are really nice. We saw a nice one in Villamoura (old fishmen s port turbed in a big riviera full off big hotels, restaurants even indians and apparently also in Quinta de Lago).
One thing I wish we had done in Portugal, is the caves. We tried to book too late and weren't able to get the time we wanted. A friend of mine went to the Benagil ones and said it was amazing. Here is a link to them
Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:22 pm Post subject: 2018-07-06 Itinerary of The aga Khan in Lisbon Diamond Jubil
Trying to make sense of the itinerary of our Imam in Lisbon. Please confirm if true. Thanks!
2018, Friday July 6th : H.H. The Aga Khan arrives in Lisbon
During this visit, he will open the Headquarters of the Imamate on Rua Marquês de Fronteira and will give the Grand Diamond Jubilee Darbar to the world Jamat. He will also meet with the government and is expecte to address the Parleiment but we could not confirm yet.
H.H. The Aga Khan will be staying in a hotel in Lisbon
State Honours will be given by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Palace of Belém
On 7th and 8th, Mowlana Hazar Imam will be performing religious ceremonies with the Jamat under the jurisdiction of the Portugal Council.
2018, Monday July 9th : H.H. The Aga Khan, together with his delegation, will meet with the President. Before he leaves, he will attend a Guard of Honour Ceremony.
There will be a Press Conference in Sala das Bicas.
The Imam will leave at lunch time for Palacio Foz where he will be hosted by the Prime Minister António Costa
The same day he will be hosted at night for Dinner at the Palace of Queluz (15 minutes from Lisbon) with the President of Portugal.
2018, Tuesday July 10: Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues opens the exhibition "Ideals of Leadership: Masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum Collection".
2018, Tuesday July 10: Mowlana Hazar Imam to address the Portuguese Parliament.
Official Lunch with Government.
After lunch, H.H. The Aga Khan will return to the future Headquarters of the Ismaili Imamate.
Meetings planned with LIF?
2018, Wednesday July 11: Mowlana Hazar Imam will attend a meeting with the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education and his delegation.
2018, Wednesday July 11: Grand Darbar (Not webcast to the world Jamat?)
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ANNOUNCEMENTS TO BE READ
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 & 4, 2018
The Council for Canada is pleased to inform the Jamat that Mawlana Hazar Imam will make a special and historic address to the Portuguese parliament on July 10.
A video of the address will be shown in all Jamatkhanas, after evening Jamati ceremonies, on July 11. We encourage all members of the Jamat and multi-faith family members to join us on Imamat Day for this most significant and historic occasion.
Global Jamat comes together for Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Thousands of Ismailis from Jamats around the world have gathered in Lisbon, Portugal for the launch of an historic celebration, to mark the conclusion of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee.
At the renowned Parque das Nações on the Lisbon seafront, hundreds of volunteers from numerous countries have been working tirelessly day and night, and in harmony towards a joint objective: to ensure the global Jamat can successfully come together, share experiences, and make fond memories at the conclusion of the Diamond Jubilee year.
An atmosphere of excitement can be felt around the Parque das Nações, and at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon — a hub of the Jamat in Portugal for the past 20 years — which will host tours of the building and its gardens throughout the weeklong celebration.
Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal remarked on the mood of anticipation, and the spirit of a united community at both venues: “We are excited to host the global Jamat for the historic occasion of the conclusion of the Diamond Jubilee. In Portugal, we will have the opportunity to come together and celebrate our faith, culture, and traditions as One Jamat.”
He also commented on the great contributions of the volunteers who have come together in preparation for the event: “Thousands of volunteers from Portugal and around the world have been preparing to deliver an event befitting the commemoration of 60 years of Hazar Imam’s Imamat,” President Firozali said. “We look forward to providing a warm welcome and a truly memorable experience for everyone traveling to Lisbon.”
As an international community spread across continents, Ismailis have long celebrated our unity in diversity and our cultural heritage, both historical and contemporary.
Artists, musicians, dancers, photographers and filmmakers from Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe, have been arriving into Lisbon to take part in the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival. Simultaneously, the Altice Arena is being prepared to welcome recording artists of global stature for the finale of the Jubilee Concerts series.
A space called Pátio Mela will act as the central hub of the celebrations, and will include live music, performances, and interactive activities on a number of stages. Exhibitions will also be housed at the celebration, bringing together international exhibits highlighting the positive impact of of the Ismaili Imamat and Aga Khan Development Network over a number of decades in multiple regions around the world.
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders International Forum, explained the context of the occasion in Lisbon: “Arts and Culture holds a special place in the history of the Ismaili community and the wider Muslim Ummah. The weeklong Diamond Jubilee Celebration is an opportunity to showcase the diversity and artistic talent that exists within our Jamat worldwide.”
Chairman Eboo also commented on the significance of the various programmes taking place: “During the week, the Jamat will have an opportunity to experience a number of the ‘Jubilee’ programmes such as Jubilee Arts, Jubilee Concerts, and the various exhibitions. Together with Jubilee Games and Global Encounters Camps, these will become part of the legacies of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Jubilees, while interactive spaces such as Pátio Mela offer the chance to meet, celebrate together, and learn something new.”
To coincide with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to arrive into Lisbon on Friday 6 July. Following his arrival into Lisbon, Hazar Imam’s motorcade will drive past Parque Eduardo VII, where arrangements have been made for members of the Jamat to gather and welcome him to the country for his Diamond Jubilee visit.
While the final preparations are being made to host thousands of Ismailis in Lisbon to celebrate six decades of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, the Diamond Jubilee Celebration provides us the unique opportunity to meet and acknowledge the talent, diversity, and unity within the Jamat, for an event which will long live in the memory of thousands.
DIAMOND JUBILEE - LISBON CELEBRATION! H.H. The Aga Khan will be landing tomorrow in Lisbon. The Jamat will be welcoming him when his motorcade will pass near the Jardim Amalia Rodrigues (Metro: Sao Sebastião - red line) at 15:30 (3:30pm) More news to follow:
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