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aafaq Islamic Finance to express gratitude for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid with the launch of

13 Jan ,2016

Dubai - UAE, 13 Jan 2016: Today morning, HE Abdul Jalil Albluki, Vice Chairman of Aafaq Islamic Finance, announced the launch of "Dubai: A World Icon" Encyclopedia in a press conference held at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, in the presence of a group of art and culture dignitaries, executive representatives of government, corporate and cultural institutions and success partners of the company, in addition to a crowd of local and regional media outlets.
"This November, at the 10th anniversary of our company, we will celebrate the illustrious journey of renaissance led by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, whose ten years as a ruler were a never-ending series of monumental achievements in every aspect of development and innovation. Our celebration will be in the form of innovative visual Encyclopedia which aims to be a colourful introduction to Dubai through a combination of expressive imagery and graceful information. We want the Encyclopedia to showcase Dubai as an exceptional icon, peerless in the modern era." said HE Albluki in his statement.
"In line with the announcement of "2016 Year of Reading" initiative, and the responsibility of Aafaq Islamic Finance to highlight Dubai position as a hub for Islamic finance, we are thrilled to announce our Encyclopedia project, which will be released November 12, as a pivotal title promising to reveal the secrets to Dubai's prominence and regional and global leadership. This release comes after our previous Encyclopedia about Islamic Economics. Starting today, we welcome all types of strategic cooperation with any institution, department or entity that wishes to contribute to this project with information, images or ideas to add to its value and increase its lustre and impact. Moreover, we have already started working on the project's website, which will be available in several languages, as well as social media channels and other platforms of online promotion. We are also happy to announce a precious dedication from UAE's own ingenious poet Ali Al Khawar who will present a poem entitled "Dubai: A World Icon". Albluki added. 
HE Albluki also revealed the commissioning of specialised committee of writers, journalists, intellectuals and photographers to select and edit the texts and define the visual identity of topics. This will ensure the highest quality of this project and harmony among its elements to maximise its impact on the reader. He noted the aesthetic synergy between text and imagery that narrates a beautiful and captivating story in every book of the project.
Photographer and writer Sahar Al Zaraei, Assistant Secretary-General, Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards, spoke to the audience about the fundamental role of picture in the documentation, identification and promotion of ideas as well as the consolidation of information. She highlighted Dubai's experience a world leader in the promotion of beautifully crafted images and also commended the project's approach that uses the image as an official language to communicate with the reader and said that will undoubtedly ensure universal appeal for this Encyclopedia across all strata of society.
Mariam Othman, Director General of Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, discussed the humanitarian aspect of "Dubai: A World Icon" project, which she said is one of the most important features of Dubai's relationship with the outside world, having extended its generous giving and humanitarian assistance to all corners of the planet. She also emphasised that the human aspect has always been an important cornerstone in prosperous societies and successful civilisations, and that Dubai's renaissance would not have been so graceful without the integration of all the elements of success, both human and technological.
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