Sharjah Islamic Bank has unveiled the details of its 8th Ramadan Tent which will be organised across a range of locations in the emirate of Sharjah from the 2nd to the 16th of July. The tents will offer six different activities, in line with the celebrations of the Holy Month of Ramadan in the Arab and Islamic communities.
The announcement was made in a press conference that was held at Wasit Suburb Council, in the presence of Saif Issa Al Khaileb, Financial and Administrative Affairs Director at the Districts and Villages Affairs Department, Khalid Ali Al Zaabi, Head of Planning and Development Committee at Kalba Municipal Council, Saeed Al Ajel, Director of Community Management at Sharjah Sports Council, Hind Taryam Al Muhairi, Head of Activities and Programs at the Family Development Centres, Haidar Taleb, Board Member of Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped and GM of Al Thiqah Projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Hassan Al Balgoni, Head of Public Relations and CSR division at the SIB and Head of the Organising Committee of the Sharjah Islamic Ramadan Tent, said that the bank has decided to develop the activities of its 8th tent creatively and unlike the conventional concept of Ramadan tent. The permanent site of the tent activities has been cancelled and replaced by mobile activities across popular areas inside Sharjah City and in the outskirts to benefit the largest possible segment of people, while taking into consideration not to coincide with the FIFA World Cup matches. The evenings will be organised in a number of halls in collaboration with Districts and Villages Affairs Department, Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped, and Kalba Municipal Council.
Speaking on the occasion, Saif Issa Al Khaileb, Financial and Administrative Affairs Director at the Districts and Villages Affairs Department, said: “We are proud of our cooperation with Sharjah Islamic Bank, the reputed name in community services not only in the emirate of Sharjah but across the UAE. This cooperation is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, that the Districts and Villages Affairs Department will serve as a link between government and community to achieve sustainable development and will be an effective instrument to maintain gains and achievements, build a positive relationship between members of community, and encourage their efforts and self-initiative in participating in district and village development.”
Al Khaileb clarified that the various district councils will host 3 evenings as part of Sharjah Islamic Ramadan Tent. Sheikh Dr Aziz Farhan Al Enzi, Director of Saudi Dawah and Guidance Center in Dubai, will be the special guest on the opening evening. He will deliver a religious lecture titled ‘Towards a Happy Family’ at Wasit District Council on the 2nd of July. Mughaidir suburb will host two lectures on the 8th and 14th of July, respectively. The first one will be for women titled ‘Neighbours in Ramadan’ and the second one will be a Holy Quran evening titled ‘Towards Perfect Memorisation’ delivered by Sheikh Dr Abdullah Al Kamali, Director of the Maktoum Holy Quran Memorization Project – Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. The SIRT’s closing evening at the district councils will be held at Muweilah District Council on 16th of July. Titled ‘How to be an Ambassador of your Country’, the lecture will be delivered by Cultural and Tourism Advisor Ali Al Saloom, Founder of “Ask Ali” website, in which he will highlight the values that must be followed by citizens outside the country to reflect the culture and authenticity of the UAE people.
Khalid Ali Al Zaabi, Head of Planning and Development Committee at Kalba Municipal Council, welcomed the SIRT’s new idea of abandoning the physical tent while maintaining its symbolic meaning and reaching various regions in Sharjah. He affirmed Kalba Municipal Council’s willingness to support all meaningful community activities that bring joy and knowledge to residents. He also expressed the expectation that the sport evening that will be held at the cultural centre will see a huge crowd, as it will perfectly fit the atmosphere of FIFA World Cup, on one hand, and the city’s club celebration of ascending to the professional division of the UAE football league, on the other.
Speaking about the details of the sporting evening, Saeed Al Ajel, Director of Community Management at Sharjah Sports Council, said that the evening is scheduled to take place in Kalba on Sunday 6th of July and will be moderated by high profile sports journalist Ahmed Sultan, who was selected in recognition of his outstanding success in Sports Line Programme. He added: “The evening will be held under the title ‘Sharjah’s Clubs in the Age of Professionalism’ in participation of Sharjah, Ittihad Kalba, Al Shaab and Al Khaleej Clubs. Many important topics, interviews and surprises will be included in the evening.”
Haidar Taleb, Board Member of Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped and GM of Al Thiqah Projects, stressed that Al Thiqah Club for the Handicapped will continue its collaboration with Sharjah Islamic Bank following years of success and creative joint cooperation. He added that the new idea this year is to hold championships for handicapped and non-handicapped people in table tennis, babyfoot and PlayStation, in an initiative that will show the true meaning of integration. The event is scheduled at Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped on 11th of July.
Hassan Al Balgoni, Head of the Organising Committee of the Sharjah Islamic Ramadan Tent, clarified that the women’s evening will serve to strengthen social bonds, in general, and highlight the meanings of being good neighbours and social relations inspired by Islamic heritage. He added that the night programme will include family session moderated by Sheikha Al Muabar, a Ramadan quiz presented by Huda Bukafil, and Taraweeh prayer in addition to associated activities. He extended thanks to the Family Development Centres in Sharjah for the creative idea.
In conclusion, Al Balgoni thanked the strategic partners who significantly contributed to developing the tent activities this year away from the conventional concept of the Ramadan tents. He praised the role played by the Districts and Villages Affairs Department and by the suburbs councils for hosting a number of evenings this year, in addition to Kalba Municipal Council, and Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped and Family Development Centres. He added that a number of draws for valuable prizes would be held on the sidelines of the tent this year, in addition to hospitality and traditional food services in line with the atmosphere of the Holy Month of Ramadan. He clarified that details of the event will be available on the Sharjah Islamic Bank’s various social media pages.
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