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DE and Omniyat’s charity school restoration work nears completion DE and Omniyat’s charity school restoration work nears completion DE and Omniyat’s charity school restoration work nears completion

DE and Omniyat’s charity school restoration work nears completion

The restoration work at a UAE charity school for underprivileged and orphaned children, organised by Dubai Economy and the luxury developer Omniyat, as part of the Year of Giving, is almost complete.

After a month of renovation work, Manar Al Iman Charity Private School will be officially handed over on Sunday 9th April as students return from the half-term holiday.

The refurbishment is the first project by the two organisations as part of their joint initiative ‘Tarmeem’ – meaning ‘restore’ in Arabic.

When the 3,500 students return to the school on Sunday, made up of 36 different nationalities, they will walk into 22 restored classrooms, complete with new doors, windows and full installation of air-conditioning. Work also includes two playrooms and a sleeping room for babies, an outside play area, sports area with football, basketball and volleyball pitches, a brand new reception and a new entrance courtyard.

Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO of Omniyat Properties, said: “It has been Omniyat’s pleasure to work alongside the Dubai Economy in restoring the facilities at Manar Al Iman Charity Private School. It is a superb benchmark from which to begin the Tarmeem initiative.

“Schools such as this one do a wonderful and important thing in educating orphans and children from low-income families. These centres of education are vital for the growth of future generations.”

The finished work only tells half of the story. The month-long project was worked on by over four hundred volunteers, including students of the school themselves, employees from the participating organisations and many labourers.

Mariam Al Afridi, Director of Government Communication in Dubai Economy, said: “The Dubai Economy initiative Tarmeem aims at providing a platform for establishing social responsibility for the private sector to support the humanitarian and charitable initiatives in UAE. Since launching the event, the number of participants from the private sector has grown from 18 to 28 different partners, each supporting the renovations at Manar Al Iman Charity Private School, Ajman, which reflects the synergy between the public and private sectors.

“Through our first initiative, we aim to provide an integrated educational environment of the highest standards of health and safety for students who represent a segment of orphaned children and children from low income families,” Al Afridi added.

Many of the volunteers included current students at the school. One of them, Abdulaziz Abdullah, 18, helped paint the crèche and the external walls.

“It looks very different now, the work has changed everything,” Abdullah said. “The classrooms and the outdoor play area have changed the most. The reception and the clinic too. The classrooms with the new desks and doors will help us to study, and will improve the teaching.

“We want to surprise our friends and other students when they come in on Sunday; they will be very happy to see the changes.”

Omniyat has been joined by a growing list of partners on the project including BASF, ATELIER N5, MTE Middle East General Trading, Emma Paine, Celer Group, Manser Saxon Dubai, Interni, Optimum, JML Facades, Clarke Samadhin Associates, Plafond Fit Out, Marwan Ali, Furniture Factory, Complete Building Supplies, Stephanie Neville, Transguard Group, NASS Scafform Services, Academia Management Solutions International, Graphics Hub LLC, Omnicom Media Group MENA, Premier Irrigation and Landscaping, Jotun, J20 Sports, Al Garhoud Private Hospital, Careers Coaching Development, Falcon Pack, Shamsa Alabbar and artist Saji Kumar.

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