Al Noor launches annual greeting card catalogue

DUBAI — The Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs launched its annual greeting cards catalogue for 2007-2008.

By Mary Nammour

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Published: Thu 13 Sep 2007, 8:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

Isphana Al Khatib, Director of the centre, said, “In the greeting card catalogue project we put together the paintings of local and foreign artists who are based in Dubai. We also received contributions from art students and from the centre’s students.”

She said that the project, which took eight to 10 months to prepare, had three main purposes: fund raising, giving community people the chance to interact with Al Noor Training Centre, and raising awareness about the activities of the centre.

“This year’s event is special because it is the first time we are holding it in this new premises. It was generously donated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This has been made possible through the benefaction of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein. Al Noor Training Centre is truly grateful for their support,” Al Khatib said.

Brenda Higgins, a UK artist, which has contributed with her paintings, commented, “It is the fourth time that I took part in this event. It gives me great pleasure to support such a worthwhile cause. They are doing a great job. It is also lovely and encouraging to see that they have now their own premises.”

Deborah Boussaid, Canadian artist, said, “It is the fourth time I am contributing to Al Noor Centre’s catalogue. It feels great to be able to help. Using the work that I enjoy doing for a noble cause gives me double pleasure.”

Thirty professional painters have taken part in the making of this year’s catalogue. 30,000 catalogues were distributed last year. Around Dh 250,000 was raised consequently.

Some 220 children with special needs from all nationalities are studying and training at Al Noor Training Centre. The centre is planning to increase its capacity to receive around 300 students by next year.

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