UAE ambassador presides over annual celebration of Sheikh Zayed International Academy

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Ambassador Hamad Obaid Alzaabi with a student at Sheikh Zayed International Academy. (Photo courtesy: UAE Embassy)
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UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Alzaabi presided over the annual celebration of the Sheikh Zayed International Academy. (Photo courtesy: UAE Embassy)
Updated 16 May 2018
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UAE ambassador presides over annual celebration of Sheikh Zayed International Academy

  • The ambassador also inaugurated an associated cultural exhibition in the presence of heads of the diplomatic missions
  • The Academy is holding various competitions and activities this year to commemorate the “Year of Zayed”

ISLAMABAD: The UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Alzaabi, presided over the annual celebration of the Sheikh Zayed International Academy on Wednesday, the International Day of the Academy.
The ambassador also inaugurated an associated cultural exhibition in the presence of heads of the diplomatic missions.
“The achievements of the Sheikh Zayed International Academy are reflecting in promoting awareness of cultures and harmony among the authorities and students from different nationalities and prepare students to lead their nations in the future,” the UAE Embassy said on its Twitter account.

 

Sheikh Zayed International Academy Islamabad is a private, non-profit academic institution that provides quality education of an international standard.
“Every student who graduates from our Academy is eligible for admission in any college or university around the world,” the academy said on its website.
The Academy has an international student and faculty body, as it has students who represent more than 22 nations and teaching staff members who came from various countries. It is this “internationalism” that is one of the Academy’s greatest strengths, the website adds.
The year 2018 marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late President and father of the United Arab Emirates nation as “Year of Zayed.”
The Academy is holding various competitions and activities this year to commemorate the “Year of Zayed.”

 

 

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Sheikh Zayed International Academy Islamabad

Sheikh Zayed International Academy Islamabad is a private, non-profit academic institution that provides ‘quality education of an international standard.’

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Year of Zayed

The year 2018 marks the 100th birth anniversary of the late President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


Sabika Shaikh’s family waiting to see her one last time

The coffin of Sabika Shaikh, 17, is carried during her funeral service in Stafford, Texas, on May, 20, 2018. Sabika was an exchange student from Pakistan. (AFP)
Updated 22 May 2018
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Sabika Shaikh’s family waiting to see her one last time

  • The Punjab administration has announced a scholarship in the name of the Texas school shooting victim.
  • Sabika’s body will arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday morning. Her father says he was greatly moved to see how many people attended her funeral in Houston.

KARACHI: Abdul Aziz Shaikh, father of the Pakistani victim of the Texas school shooting, told Arab News on Monday that he would have to wait to see his daughter for the last time due to a delay in flights from the US.

“Sabika’s body was due to arrive in Karachi on Tuesday morning; however, due to a change in flight schedules, we will receive her at 4 a.m. on Wednesday,” he said.

“It’s really difficult but we have no option but to wait,” he continued, adding that officials at the Pakistan Consulate in Houston were striving to make the best possible arrangements for sending her body back to her home.

The 17-year-old Pakistani foreign exchange student, participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in the US, was killed, along with nine others, when a teenage classmate opened fire on fellow students in the Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday.

Sabika’s funeral prayers were offered at a local mosque in Houston after the noon prayer on Sunday.

“We thought she was only loved by her family. But the way people showed up at her funeral in Houston — and the way everyone condoled with us in Karachi — shows that she was loved by everyone," her father said.

Shaikh said he saw the video of the Houston funeral, pointing out that it was not only attended by Pakistani-Americans but people from all Muslim countries. Many of those who attended the ceremony, he added, belonged to other faiths. They were all mourning her untimely death, he said.

“All this shows people’s exemplary attachment to her. It makes us very proud.”

Rana Mashhood Khan, a minister in the Punjab administration who visited the bereaved family on Sunday evening, told Arab News that the provincial government was going to introduce a “Sabika Scholarship” that would be awarded to brilliant students from Punjab. This, he added, would help them study abroad in some of the best educational institutions around the world.

“I met the family and conveyed a special message from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. We wanted them to know that we will institute a scholarship in the name of their talented daughter for young and bright students in our province,” Khan said.

Shaikh seemed happy to hear the announcement. “I’m glad that the name of my daughter will be associated with a scholarship that will benefit our students.”

He also said that a Karachi-based industrialist, Ishtiaq Baig, had also promised to introduce a scholarship in Sabika’s name. “She is making us all very proud. I wish I could see her alive with so many accomplishments.”

On Sunday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also visited Shaikh’s residence to condole with the family.

Expressing deep grief and sorrow, the prime minister described Sabika as a talented Pakistani student, adding that the whole nation was mourning her death. The Pakistani premier also pointed out that extremist tendencies were not just a problem in one country or region, but that they were an international one.

Earlier, in an interview with Arab News, Shaikh had revealed that his daughter wanted to be a diplomat and improve the image of her country.

“Sabika wanted to sit the Central Superior Services (CSS) exams and join the Foreign Service of Pakistan. She thought that Pakistan was a great country, but that it had an image problem.”

“At one point, she told me that she wanted to be like Maleeha Lodhi and Tasneem Aslam,” Shaikh had said. “Her desire was to improve the image of Pakistan abroad.”