Month: June 2015

Ramadan Kareem

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Ramadan Kareem 2015
Ramadan Kareem 2015

The holy month of Ramadan begins on Thursday, 18th June 2015. Wish you all a bless month of Ramadan.

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

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Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort
Use registered taxis for safety and comfort

Abu Dhabi Airport arrival is changing day by day. In the earlier days when passengers arrive, they are welcomed by two types of people. One, their or friends or family and second the illegal taxi operators hanging around. As the authorities renovated and made things beautiful at the arrival section, they also came out with a dedicated section for Taxis. No more stopping and following by unauthorized taxi operators, whose vehicle condition or status are unknown. Travel safe. Enjoy your stay in Abu Dhabi. Thanks to Abu Dhabi Airport authorities for this welcome change.

Fruitful thoughts – Short Take – Gulf Today Dt 13 June 2015

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Fruitful thoughts

Fruitful thoughts
Fruitful thoughts

To be in the presence of some people is a blessing as they come out with precious thoughts and words that remain everlasting and highly motivating. The other day, I got a repeat chance to be with one such person, Sultan Al Hajji.

After an official function, I was lucky to get a drive back home with him. Several topics came up and at some point of time our talks focused on gardening.

It reminded me of my childhood when we used to plant seeds of coconut, jackfruit and saplings of precious trees like teak or sandalwood in our farms.

There were no campaigns those days to promote environment. Our ancestors were visionaries and they knew the importance of plants and trees and made it a point that children have to play a big role in preserving the wealth of nature.

The acts done those days with a bit of curiosity and compulsion were forgotten over a period of time. We used to even name those trees we planted with our own pet names or names of heroes.

Our talks became emotional and he agreed with me and showed his little garden where the plants are young and growing. People like him who value nature’s wealth for the next generation are rare.

It is holiday time once again and we need to utilise time with children and instil in their minds the importance of preserving nature.

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online

Getting ready for Ramadan 2015

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Getting ready for Ramadan 2015
Getting ready for Ramadan 2015

Shops displaying items at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall for Ramadan 2015.

Road Safety and Self Discipline

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Road Safety and Self Discipline
Road Safety and Self Discipline

This evening, I was casually looking through the windows down to the busy street of Abu Dhabi. Down to my building was a busy junction and vehicles passed to all side without any interruption. After watching a few minutes, I noticed one thing. Each time the signal turns red, the drivers tend to maintain a safe distance from the pedestrian crossings!. I thought it was a one-off instance. My curiosity lead me to observe the flow of traffic for some more time. Each time the signal turned red, I found the vehicles maintaining a safe distance for pedestrians! Isn’t nice to see this and term it as a success of the sustained effort of Abu Dhabi Police authorities to maintain a safe road! Sincere appreciation and wish if the same attitude was maintained by all on highways too! Each day, when we read the newspaper, there are reports of accidents due to speeding. A minute of careless attitude to safety of self and others on the road resulting in dangerous situation which may be fatal or lifelong. How we can make things better was the thought that crossed my mind. More efforts required to make self discipline on the road a mandatory priority at all times. Remember, “Safety First” and think “Safety for Me, Safety for You, Safety for All” when you are driving.

A winning moment of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) team

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Abu Dhabi Ocean Race team reaching Abu Dhabi at the end of 2nd leg of recently concluded Volvo Ocean Race.

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Open Call for Submissions: Vantage Point Sharjah 3 Exhibition

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Open Call for Submissions: Vantage Point Sharjah 3 Exhibition
Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes submissions from individuals of all nationalities residing in the UAE for the
third edition of photographic exhibition entitled Vantage Point Sharjah 3. This exhibition will feature photographs centred on the theme of still life photography.
Scheduled for 1 August to 5 September 2015, Vantage Point Sharjah 3 will take place in building GH at SAF
Art Spaces in Al Mureijah. The deadline for application is June 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm, and the exhibited photographs will be selected from applications to the Open Call. Photographs should be submitted with the application form, along with a short story or a description of the photo and the location where the photograph was taken. Applicants will be invited to attend the exhibition’s Opening Reception scheduled for 1 August.
If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Open Call, please complete and submit the attached application form via email to photo@sharjahart.org, along with no more than 6 high resolution images with the caption of each photograph. Or submit by mail/hand directly to SAF office in Sharjah at the address below:
Sharjah Art Foundation, c/o Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, PO Box 19989, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates T: +971 6 5444113 F: +971 6 5447797
It is a great privilege to invite photography enthusiasts from the UAE to click photos in the UAE and submit them for selection to this prestigious exhibition.
I was a participating artist in the 1st edition of it in 2013.
Best wishes in advance.

Don’t delay the midday break – Letters to the editor – The National Dt 08 June 2015

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With the temperature consistently remaining high, I would suggest the midday break be implemented with immediate effect. If you visit a construction site, you will notice how exhausted the workers are. It’s also necessary to ensure they get an adequate supply of water.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit The National online

Artistic taste – Short Take – Gulf Today Dt 06 June 2015

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Artistic taste
I have several hobbies developed over a period of years. It is interesting to develop new skills and it requires a lot of dedication and sustained effort.
Sketching and drawing is one of them. During my school days, I was scared to touch the pencil even to draw an ordinary flower for my school assignments.
But moving on to college and professional courses, there was no choice left other than to try it out. At some point of time, I thought about my maternal uncle, who used to be very good at oil paintings.
I thought about him whenever I had any assignments and some sort of self-confidence developed. The artistic taste grew from there on.
My thoughts on drawing came out recently when I observed an artist exhibiting his skills at an Abu Dhabi mall. He was a professional and started from a blank canvas and used the free brush style and created something extraordinary.
Thinking deeper into it, our life is like that of the blank canvas and the artist. We are born with certain natural and inherited skills and we add up on to them several others through continuous education. This becomes our true wealth.
How we utilise this wealth will result in our immortal contributions to society. This is what I term, Talent Share, with its magic mantra. A talent or knowledge is to be shared.
The joy of seeing someone else taking up your interest in a competitive or entertainment spirit is immense to experience.

Ramesh Menon
To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online