Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:18 pm Post subject: Dubai Visit 2008
Ya Ali Madad,I am also travelling with friends and relatives to Dubai. I would also like to know the venue of the deedar. . . . if anyone knnows please reply to this message.Secondly the new Ismaili centre is next to the Dubai airport. Simply walking distance.Regards
Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:25 pm Post subject: Darbar venue
<P>For all the International Jamat:<BR>The Darbar is being held at the Dubai Airport Expo...<BR>JK will be shifted to the Darbar Venue starting March 21st, 2008. All details regarding program details will be available at the Registration Center at the Darbar venue...<BR>for further info plz do reply to this post</P>
With the greatest happiness, the Ismaili Leaders' International Forum (LIF) and the National Council wish to inform the Jamat that our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam has graciously indicated his desire to resume his Golden Jubilee visits to the various Jamats. In order that these may be scheduled within a realistic time-frame, Mawlana Hazar Imam has accepted the LIF's request, submitted on behalf of the global Jamat, to extend the duration of the Golden Jubilee commemoration period to 13th December, 2008.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to visit the United Arab Emirates from the 23rd to 27th of March, 2008. At this time, Mawlana Hazar Imam will grant a Golden Jubilee Darbar in Dubai. Mawlana Hazar Imam's other formal engagements will include presiding over the official opening ceremony of the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, and undertaking meetings with government representatives and other collaborating partners to review the progress of Imamat and Aga Khan Development Network initiatives.
The LIF and the National Council are happy to inform the Jamat that Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to undertake a Golden Jubilee visit to the United States of America, covering a number of major centres during the month of April 2008. The Jamat will be informed of the dates and places once these are finalised.
On this happy occasion of the confirmation of Mawlana Hazar Imam's forthcoming Golden Jubilee visits, the LIF and the National Council convey warm Mubaraki to the Jamat.
Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:37 pm Post subject: Dubai visit
From my experiences of the 2003 visit, I would like to point out the following:
All badged volunteeers coming from abroad should have their uniforms with them. For the ladies volunteers please ensure you have an outfit that reflects the environment in which you are going. This will present very strong visuals for the assembled jamat in the cooperative manner we all work together. Also for out of country visitors please wear a lapel pin with your country flag. It will increase conversations within the congregration.
To all members of the Jamat attending, please wear clothing that will be comfortable for the weather at this time of the year and in line with the conservative nature of the place.
To all members bring lots of business cards and do lots of networking. You will be very surprised with the depth and breath of the activities of our Jamait members.
Be happy and open to the all that will make this visit very memorable.
Interesting background information about Dubai coinciding with MHI's visit.
Dubai to set up Muhammad museum
By Julia Wheeler (BBC, March 11, 2008)
Dubai, UAE - The Gulf emirate of Dubai has said it is to set up the
world's first museum dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad.
It aims to shed light on his life in 7th Century Arabia, as well as his
legacy for the world's 1.3bn Muslims.
There will also be a wing explaining the Muslim pilgrimage, or Hajj, and
another for the other pillars of Islam.
Dubai, more usually known for its burgeoning commerce and tourism, is
hoping to provide a bridge between the Islamic world and other
The Prophet Muhammad Museum will be the first project undertaken by the
Dubai Authority for Culture and Arts, which was established last week by
the emirate in an attempt to widen its global appeal.
Those behind the plans for the new museum say it aims to shed light on
the life and legacy of the man Muslims believe is the last messenger of
God, as well as introducing the message of eternal love and peace they
he gave the world.
In a city which is never shy of using superlatives when it comes to its
own ideas, the museum is being described as a "shining milestone" in the
history of Dubai.
Home to more than 100 nationalities, Dubai is one of the more tolerant
cities in the region, allowing, if not encouraging alcohol to be drunk
and skimpy clothing to be worn.
Until now, Dubai has positioned itself as showing what Arabs can achieve
It has been a self-proclaimed beacon for other Arab states shining a
light on what it has shown is possible in a troubled region.
Now though, it is hoping to go one step further, providing not only a
bridge between East and West in commercial terms, but also by providing
a link between the Islamic world and the rest of the world.
Sheikh Mohammad has asked authorities to immediately proceed with the museum plan.
DUBAI — The government of the booming emirate of Dubai has decided to build the world's first museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
"In the history of Dubai, this museum will stand as a shining milestone as it will give the world an opportunity to learn about the life and message of Prophet Muhammad," Omer bin Suleiman, the managing director of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, told the official WAM news agency.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum, also the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, has asked the Authority, only formed this week, to immediately proceed with the museum plan
The museum, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, will be dedicated entirely to the life of prophet Muhammad. It will chronicle the life of the prophet and introduce the visitors to the main stops including his marriage, the beginning of God's revelation, the demise of his wife Khadijah, the incident of Al Isra'a and Al Mi'raj, migration to Madinah, the conquest of Makkah and the prophet's death.
There will be a special section on hajj and the fundamental aspects of Islam.
The aim is to introduce the world to the inspiring life of Prophet Muhammad and how he changed the course of human history.
Sheikh Mayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the chairman of the Authority, said they decided that the prophet's museum should be the first project undertaken by the new body.
"The project also clearly indicates that Dubai is keen on playing its role not only as a bridge between the East and the West, but also between the Islamic world and the rest of the world."
Abu Dhabi, another member of the oil-rich, seven-member UAE federation, is home to what is believed to be the third biggest mosque in the world.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque, named after the UAE late founding father, is built on a 9.5-metre high hill so it is visible from far. It covers an area of 22,000 square meters, has four 107-metre tall minarets, 82 domes of seven different sizes, 96 columns inside and 1,048 outside and can accommodate more than 40,000 faithful. Two rooms next to the main prayer hall, with a 1,500-capacity each, have been reserved for women, who can follow sermons delivered by prayer leaders on giant television screens. The mosque is an architectural masterpiece built 100 percent with Italian marble and decorated with thousands of rare and semi-precious stones, some encrusted in marble. The centerpiece is a 6,000 square meter hand-made Iranian carpet which weighs 45 tones, said to be the biggest in the world, and cost more than 8.5 million dollars.
Another breathtaking piece is a huge crystal chandelier in the main prayer hall, one of seven German-made chandeliers costing more than eight million dollars.
It is 10-metre tall, 10-metre wide and weighs nine tones.
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 7:45 AM
Subject: Fwd: FW: Dubai Darbar Newsflash
FYI - Information received from a reliable source in Dubai.
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 12:19:43 +0400
All: Mubaraki for the announcement. Here in Dubai, the buzz has truly commenced. We were served biryani right after khane - followed by Raas. Shukhar tasbihs have also commenced and now leadership is visiting the venue today.
For those of you who are not familiar with Dubai and are intending to come (I hope), they have selected Airport Expo as the Didar site. This site is close to Dubai International Airport - Terminal 1. If you are booking your hotels, do so immediately because this is right around the Prophet's birthday (national holiday in Dubai), Navroz, weekend (our weekends are Fridays and Saturdays), and Easter. Hotels are NOT Cheap...
Several people have asked if I know the date of the didar. No I do not - and perhaps won't know it until the very end. Working purely on what would make sense, since 23rd is arrival and 27th is departure - it would stand to reason that didar happens either 24/25/26. Pls remember that Mowla is a state guest and therefore Abu Dhabi (the capital) is where Mowla will either land and/or go...and finally, the Ismaili Center opening would probably come before the didar...therefore the possibility appears more around 25/26 th. But this is just me speculating - no one has said anything to anyone.
sending as received<BR><BR><BR>Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 7:45 AM<BR>Subject: Fwd: FW: Dubai Darbar Newsflash<BR><BR>FYI - Information received from a reliable source in Dubai. <BR>Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 12:19:43 +0400<BR>Subject: Newsflash<BR>All: Mubaraki for the announcement. Here in Dubai, the buzz has truly commenced. We were served biryani right after khane - followed by Raas. Shukhar tasbihs have also commenced and now leadership is visiting the venue today. <BR><BR>For those of you who are not familiar with Dubai and are intending to come (I hope), they have selected Airport Expo as the Didar site. This site is close to Dubai International Airport - Terminal 1. If you are booking your hotels, do so immediately because this is right around the Prophet's birthday (national holiday in Dubai), Navroz, weekend (our weekends are Fridays and Saturdays), and Easter. Hotels are NOT Cheap...<BR><BR>Several people have asked if I know the date of the didar. No I do not - and perhaps won't know it until the very end. Working purely o­n what would make sense, since 23rd is arrival and 27th is departure - it would stand to reason that didar happens either 24/25/26. Pls remember that Mowla is a state guest and therefore Abu Dhabi (the capital) is where Mowla will either land and/or go...and finally, the Ismaili Center opening would probably come before the didar...therefore the possibility appears more around 25/26 th. But this is just me speculating - no o­ne has said anything to anyone.
<BR> <BR> YAALIMADAD.<BR> First of all congratulations for MHI's DEEDAR to all Ismailies particularly UAE Jamat, please remember all the Ismalies, when you Bless with Holy Deedar of MHI.<BR> Noorullah. K
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