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Business News in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 January 2019: Good news for students as the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) Rahhal project announces the reduction of school days to only 3.5 days a week.

Nearly 1,500 Indian students in Dubai can now attend school for only three and a half days a week while they can utilize the remaining time to develop their talents or to catch up on academics. Schools interested to adhere to the new schedule can contact the authorities.

“The new schedule will be implemented among the students of grades 11 and 12 in our school, this April,” says Indian High School Dubai CEO Dr. Ashok Kumar. In order to achieve the CBSE prescribed target of 30 hours a week, Find a job in Dubai daily class hours will begin from 7:30 am in the morning and run until 3:30 pm in the evening for the students of these grades.

During the free days, students can find themselves time to spent on internships, attending lessons other than academics, preparing for other competitive exams, or study at home with parents. This will also ease the life of students by providing more time to spend with friends and family.

SME NEWS in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 January 2019: This winter has been an especially bleak one for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, many of who have been forced out of their shelters by heavy floods and severe weather.

In an effort to draw attention to the plight of refugee families, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has recruited some of the region’s most famous faces for a mission across Lebanon to raise awareness on refugees’ dire need for cash assistance.

“I would like to convey the real picture of what is happening in these informal settlements, to remind people that refugees and children need their help and assistance, especially with the current weather conditions”, says entrepreneur Joelle Mardinian. Addressing her 9.3m Instagram followers, she invited them each to donate 1$ each to collect a total of 9.3 million dollars. “I will always be there to support UNHCR because it’s a trustworthy organization, and it’s clear where the funds are going. Online Jobs Dubai would like for people to take action. It’s very easy and simple; we can donate with one click. Every dollar makes a difference”, she said. “UNHCR is not only providing these refugees with winter assistance but also helping in their education, healthcare, and shelter.”

Among the other celebrities on the mission, which was organized in the Bekaa Valley and North Lebanon, was actress Nelly Karim who accepted the winter social media challenge launched by UNHCR as well as media personality Zeina Yazigi. Both have joined the mission alongside actress Shaima Sabt and TV presenter Mahira Abdul Aziz, who have invited their audiences to show solidarity with refugee families by donating funds through the following link: giving.unhcr.org

“Every time I come back to visit the camps, I feel the same pain and surprise at how strong these families are. How can this lady who we just visited remain strong and smile”, says Zeina? “What touched me the most about this mission is the children. A big portion of the refugees are children and are highly affected by this crisis,” added Nelly.

UAE Business Media mission comes as a continuation of UNHCR’s social media winter challenge, an influence-led campaign which started with the beginning of the New Year, mobilizing individuals, celebrities and public figures to donate to refugees for the winter campaign and nominate others to do the same. Up to date, more than 45 celebrities, including social media influencers and media figures, have taken up the challenge and donated from a variety of countries in the Arab world, including President of Iraq Mr. Barham Salih.

In total, UNHCR’s response plan aims to reach 3.5 million people across the region with assistance and also includes measures to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events. More than two million Syrians and Iraqi IDPs and refugees have been reached with winterization assistance.


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