Visitors and artists during the calligraphic arts exhibition, 'Silent Prayers', at Pakistan Association Dubai. - Supplied photo
Dubai - The fund-raising Iftar gathering was hosted by renowned TV and radio presenter Abdul Karim.
To celebrate the spirit of Ramadan and the Year of Zayed, Pakistan Association Dubai, in collaboration with Poetic Strokes, conducted a calligraphic arts exhibition called 'Silent Prayers' along with an 'Iftar for a cause' to support the upcoming not-for-profit Pakistan Centre on Saturday. Around 200 community members including some seasoned artists participated in the event, contributing their artworks towards the cause of 'Own a brick'.
The fund-raising Iftar gathering was hosted by renowned TV and radio presenter Abdul Karim, who introduced the audience to the art exhibition that was not only a tribute to Arabic calligraphy but also represented unity, beauty and power as it was derived from the script of the Holy Quran in the form of Quranic supplications written beautifully.
Displaying the work of some master calligraphers, the event also provided a platform to talented, young local artists from the UAE and Pakistan, who needed the encouragement and support to keep the legacy of Arabic calligraphy. From over 30 calligraphy paintings, 14 were bought by people attending the event.
People appreciated and contributed to the noble cause of building the Dh15-million centre through owning table or artwork at the event.
Addressing the audience on the occasion, Dr Faisel Ikram, president of the association, said: "The institution has always worked relentlessly in order to engage, unite and encourage the community to join hands for a cause that will make everyone proud."
"The Own a Brick campaign and the not for profit Pakistan Medical Centre is a novel cause in the region and we are proud to be the frontrunners," added Dr Ikram.
The centre will be a first not for profit multispecialty community healthcare facility open to all nationalities.
Ayesha Imtiaz of Poetic Strokes, who spearheaded the setting up of the calligraphic art exhibition, asserted: "It was a heartwarming experience to see the community being so enthusiastic in appreciating art whilst contributing through it for a larger cause."
The Own a Brick campaign was championed by a six-year-old girl Aiman, who had volunteered to work for the fund raising for the centre. Motivating the audience to own bricks for the cause and help the less fortunate, she walked across the hall with a bowl collecting pledge cards.
"As a volunteer organisation, we wish to inculcate the spirit of volunteering and giving in our younger generation. We want to be in line with the Community Development Authority's vision of engaging the youth to help build a better society," noted Dr Ikram.