Haya inaugurates new centre for special kids

DUBAI — Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the new premises of the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs in Al Barsha area yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 5 Nov 2007, 8:46 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:35 AM

The inauguration was attended by corporate and individual supporters of Al Noor Centre. The event included a splendid performance of dance and music by the children of the centre, making the evening a memorable one.

Isphana Al Khatib, director of the centre, said: “In our endeavour to help our children become useful members of society, they have been encouraged to join community service initiatives like Emirates Environmental Group, Dubai Cares, Terry Fox Run and more.

“The training programme of the centre is holistic, child specific, developmentally sequenced and goal-oriented. This is made possible by the professional expertise of our multidisciplinary team comprising special educators, psychologists, therapists, counsellors and vocational trainers.”

Al Khatib added: “While we feel extremely fortunate in having this well-equipped facility, we are aware of its expanded potential and our correspondingly increased responsibility.”

With a capacity for 300 children, it has dedicated spaces for all functions. It has facilities like swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and a multipurpose hall, which doubles up as an indoor sports facility and an auditorium.

Over a year-and-a-half ago, Princess Haya laid the foundation stone for the new premises and planted an olive sapling to mark the occasion.

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