Dubai: Institutional Dinner and Farewell

http://www.theismaili.org/cms/262/United-Arab-Emirates-visit After a busy four day trip to the United Arab Emirates, which included the historic opening of the Ismaili Centre Dubai, His Highness the Aga Khan departed from Dubai today. He was bid farewell at the Royal Terminal of the Dubai International Airport by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum on behalf of the Ruling Family, as well as leaders of the … Continue reading Dubai: Institutional Dinner and Farewell

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The Ismaili Centre Dubai – Picture Gallery

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Video: Opening of the Ismaili Centre Dubai

http://theismaili.org/cms/252/Opening-of-the-Ismaili-Centre-Dubai Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam opening the Ismaili Centre Dubai on 26 March 2008, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, senior members of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. Hazar Imam was accompanied at the ceremony by Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim. Following the opening of the … Continue reading Video: Opening of the Ismaili Centre Dubai

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of The Ismaili Centre Dubai – 26 March 2008

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim Your Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Your Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Honourable Ministers Your Excellencies Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen As-Salaam-o-Alaikum I am deeply pleased that all of you have been able to join us for the inauguration of this elegant new Ismaili Centre. Your presence is itself a symbol of the wonderful diversity that characterizes Dubai. Your interest … Continue reading Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of The Ismaili Centre Dubai – 26 March 2008

Dubai Park Overview and Gallery

Situated across the road from the Ismaili Centre Dubai, the Dubai Park is a gift from Mawlana Hazar Imam to the city of Dubai. It was developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. The 3 000 square metre park was conceived as a neighbourhood garden based on the concept of an Islamic garden. The serene setting … Continue reading Dubai Park Overview and Gallery

The Ismaili Centre Dubai — Fact Sheet

This new Centre is itself a profoundly spiritual place. Its defining symbolism is inspired by the Fatimid tradition — stretching back over 1000 years and widely shared with sister traditions throughout the Islamic world — from Baghdad to Bokhara. This building exists fundamentally as a place for peaceful contemplation, but one that is set in a social context. It is not a place to hide … Continue reading The Ismaili Centre Dubai — Fact Sheet

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Ismaili Centre Dubai – Opening Ceremony Picture Gallery

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Press Release: Aga Khan Opens The Middle East’s First Ismaili Centre

dubaicentrepressrelease 26 March 2008 – DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — His Highness the Aga Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, today officially opened an Ismaili Centre in Dubai – the fast growing metropolis of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Ismaili Centre Dubai is the fourth such institution in the world and the first in the Middle East. The opening ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan — senior members of the ruling families.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Aga Khan hailed Dubai as a truly cosmopolitan city and global crossroads that thrives on diversity.

“The Dubai ethic is one that honours a generous exchange of knowledge and ideas, that welcomes the opportunity to learn from others, that celebrates not only our historic identities but also our open horizons,” he said.

“The ethic of exploration and interconnectedness is one that is deeply shared by the Ismaili Community,” said the Aga Khan. “It is an ethic, in fact, that is firmly rooted in our faith — a value system which grows from spiritual roots,” he added.

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Opening Ceremony of the Dubai Park

A member of the Shiite Muslim Ismaili sect welcomes the community’s spiritual leader, the Agha Khan (L), during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Park on March 26, 2008. The 3,000-square-meter park was developed by the Agha Khan Trust Culture (AKTC) Ismaili Center in the oil-rich Gulf emirate of Dubai. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images) Continue reading Opening Ceremony of the Dubai Park

Initiative to combine past and present – "Khor Dubai" Cultural Project

akdubai2 Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched yesterday the “Khor Dubai” Cultural Project which aims to transform the banks of Dubai creek into the cultural hub of the city.

akdubai6 The ambitious 20 kilometre project was announced at Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house in Al Shindagha by Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, head of the Culture and Arts authority, in the presence of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai as well as Prince Aga Khan, head of the Ismaili sect.

“The initiative will draw its roots from our heritage and history and embrace our present to build the future, taking our country to new horizons of prosperity and development,” said Shaikh Majid.

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Dubai is a truly global crossroads: Aga Khan

WAM Dubai, March 26th, 2008 (WAM) — Spiritual Leader of the Ismaili Sect Prince Agha Khan praised Wednesday Dubai as a hub of cosmopolitan activity, a truly global crossroads.

”We hear a great deal these days about the words ‘convergence’ and ‘connectivity’. In my judgment, Dubai is a place where those words truly come to life. Dubai has become the very embodiment of the global village, placing itself at the forefront of an enormous surge toward global convergence,” the Agha Khan said in his inaugural address at the opening ceremony of the new Ismaili Centre in Dubai, the fourth facility for the group worldwide and the first in the Arab World.

Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department, HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, a number of dignitaries and ambassadors attended the opening ceremony.

The Dubai ethic, he added, is one that honours a generous exchange of knowledge and ideas that welcomes the opportunity to learn from others, that celebrates not only our historic identities but also our open horizons.

”This ethic of exploration and interconnectedness is one that is deeply shared by the Ismaili community. It is an ethic, in fact, that is firmly rooted in our faith – a value system which grows from deeply spiritual roots.

”It understands that human diversity is itself a gift of Allah – that pluralism is not a threat but a blessing. It sees the desire to explore and connect as a way to learn and grow – not to dilute our identities but to enrich our self-knowledge.

”This ethic emanates ultimately from a relationship to the Divine which inspires a deep sense of personal humility – and a relationship to humankind which is infused with a spirit of generous service and mutual respect.

”As its architects have so effectively realized, this building exists fundamentally as a place for peaceful contemplation, but one that is set in a social context. It is not a place to hide from the world, but rather a place which inspires us to engage our worldly work as a direct extension of our faith.

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Dubai Creek cultural project launched

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Dubai Creek cultural project today. The project is expected to transform the UAE, especially Dubai, into an international hub for culture. Dubai Culture and Arts Authority Chairman Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum delivered a speech at the launch ceremony, which was held at … Continue reading Dubai Creek cultural project launched

Imam at Ismaili Centre – picture / article

DUBAI (AFP) – The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s Shiite Ismaili Muslims, on Wednesday inaugurated an Ismaili cultural centre in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The Ismaili Centre, which houses a library and will host conferences and an early childhood education programme, will serve as “a place for peaceful contemplation,” he said at the inauguration ceremony.

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Member of the Shiite Muslim Ismaili sect welcome their spiritual leader, the Agha Khan (C), during the opening ceremony of the Dubai Park. The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s Shiite Ismaili Muslims, on Wednesday inaugurated an Ismaili cultural centre in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, the first of its kind in the Middle East.(AFP/Karim Sahib)
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Aga Khan opens Ismaili Centre, first for Middle East

UAE. The Aga Khan, leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, this week opened a cultural centre in Dubai for followers of the branch of Shia Islam.

The Ismaili Centre Dubai is the first base for Ismailis in the majority-Sunni Muslim Middle East. The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary imam, or spiritual leader, of the Ismailis, the second-largest group of Shiites.

“This is a means of establishing a permanent cultural root in one area,” the Aga Khan said today in an interview after opening the centre.

He founded the Geneva-based Aga Khan Development Network, which has established several agencies in Syria and Egypt that focus on microfinance, education and culture to improve local living conditions. Dubai’s Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al- Maktoum, donated the land for the centre in 1982, a gesture that is a “symbol of the wonderful diversity that characterises Dubai,” the Aga Khan said.

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