Grosvenor House lends a helping hand

DUBAI — Grosvenor House West Marina Beach, Dubai, doubled its contribution to the Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) with a second cheque for Dh60,000 to the charity.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 22 Jul 2005, 11:43 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

Following the initial contribution of Dh60,000, the hotel bid for the midnight blue horse, 'Stars in the Night', at the Celebration of the Arabian Horse auction. Grosvenor House gave DAC another Dh60,000 this week. The funds will help provide information, support, advice and training to professional and parents of autistic children.

Grosvenor House's General Manager, Pam Wilby, named DAC as the property's chosen beneficiary of their fundraising activities in the coming months. She said: "We've built on our initial contribution to the Dubai Autism Centre in order to help raise awareness of their expansion needs. Corporate social responsibility starts with one step at a time."

The Arabian horse stands outside the main entrance of the hotel.

DAC opened in November 2001 with the issuance of a decree from His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The charity has announced plans to have an autism centre in Dubai with its various services targeted towards encouraging a better understanding of autism and helping families and professionals.

Executive Committee member, Mohammed Al Enadi, also board member of DAC, said: "Currently there are 37 students enrolled at the centre, with over 100 children on the waiting list to attend. Significant donations from individuals and organisations like Grosvenor House make a big difference in even one child's life."

The first hotel on Dubai's newest lifestyle location, Dubai Marina, the 45-storey Grosvenor House is tipped to become a landmark on the city's skyline.

The hotel will have 217 sea-facing rooms, while the 205 apartments will offer stunning marina views, and three of the signature touches will be plasma televisions in all rooms, personalised butler service and 24-hour room service from all outlets, in addition to the use of beach and pool facilities at the adjacent Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.

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