LITTLE PICASSO INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN THIS RAMADAN

The 35 storey tower of The Pullman Hotel & Residence Jumeirah Lakes Towers is located in cluster T of the master planned lake side community. Just minutes from Dubai’s best entertainment, leisure and shopping destinations,30 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport, adjacent to the metro station, which is connected to the newly introduced Dubai Tram, the hotel makes it very convenient to explore the city.

The Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, as part of the Accor Hotels Planet 21 initiatives and Ramadan 2016 activities, in collaboration with Zee Arts Community and Senses Residential and Day Care Centre for Special Needs recently launched the Charity Art Project under the theme “Little Picasso”.

22 artist-volunteers from ZeeArts Community gathered for four art sessions with 15 special needs children from Senses during the month of May to work on paintings under the theme of Love, Kindness, Honesty, Generosity and Gratitude. Aiming to raise funds for Senses Centre, more than 45 masterpieces will be displayed for sale in the Pullman Dubai JLT hotel lobby during the holy month of Ramadan with an official launch of “Little Picasso” Art Exhibition on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

Commenting on the Little Picasso initiative, Mr. Fadeel Wehbe, the General Manager of Pullman Dubai JLT said: “We are thrilled to be part of this initiative, giving back to the community and supporting Senses in an interactive manner. I would like to commend the volunteer-artists who joined us for this project – for their support and willingness to make a difference in these children’s lives. We at Pullman will strive to ensure that the Little Picasso project will be held annually as part of our brands promise to support local art.”

The Activist-Artist, the head of Zee Arts Community, Ms. Zaahirah Muthy said: “Ramadan resonates with universal values. This momentous month makes people conscientious about the way they treat others and reminds them of the significance of making sacrifices and putting others before themselves. It is about being responsible and contributing to the overall good of society which we believe in collaboration with Pullman Dubai JLT we did successfully with this beautiful project.”

Commenting on the event, Mr. Khalil Abdulwahid, an Emirati Artist – Dubai Art and Culture stated: “This is such a beautiful initiative of ZeeArts Community to involve local artists to engage with special needs children. I would like to highlight the hard work and dedication of Zaahirah Muthy, the founder of ZeeArts Community for being herself an artist and acting as a role model to encourage others to give back to the community and thank Pullman JLT for the valuable contribution, hosting such a beautiful charity event and taking a very good step further to host all the special children and artists for a delicious Iftar.”

“We are sincerely grateful to the teams at Zee Arts Community and Pullman Dubai JLT for creating this project for us. Thank you for putting smiles on our children’s faces, the art sessions were a time to not only develop art skills, but also provide special therapy for our children and most importantly a time of joy and happiness!”, said Dr. Lina Owies, the General Manager of the Senses Residential and Day Care Centre.

The event was attended by all those innocent children who participated in Art work, their work was on display in the hotel lobby , which was admired by the guests and media. The children were awarded for their hard & special work .

The event was followed by the Iftar dinner at Seasons Restaurant . The restaurant ambiance depicts true Ramadan traditions decked with traditional lanterns and similar Arabic décor, the female staff  greets you wearing their traditional Arabic attire. Restaurant has been adjoined with La Vue Terrace for the month of Ramadan. This has provided ample seating arrangement indoor as well as outdoor to relax, unwind during and after Iftar hours. Table setting is done ideally for families and groups , additionally partition in seating arrangement  is also seen in the restaurant.

For Iftar , they have a wide set menu with pretty good variety in salads and main dishes .

Soups on offer on the day were… Lentil soup and mix seafood soup.

Traditional iftar Juices were…. Kamarudin, Tamar hindi , Jallab with pine seeds & raisins and laban.

Salads and hot & cold mezzeh included ….. Beetroot Moutable, Batata Mahroseh, Bamia bel Zeet,Hummus, Moutabel, Tabouleh, Fattoush, Laban bel Kheyar, Garlic Comfit, Greek salad, Assorted cold cuts and so much more in fresh green salads etc  in addition to that the sauces were  Honey Mustard , Thousand Island, Cocktail Onion etc.

Cheese and bread counter on one side had assorted breads and cheese to relish on.

Some  grills, snacks / starters were  … Makanek, Spinach Fatayer, Grilled Lamb Kofta, Grilled Shish Tawook,

Main course was lined up along with the impressive Lamb Ouzi and live Shawarma stations and  chefs were ready to grill on live stations. Other dishes were Samack Harra, Chicken Tikka, Kofta bel Tahina, Chicken makboos, Vegetable Kawaj.

Desserts had  those yummiest Arabic desserts and cakes, puddings etc…. these were  Umm Ali, Kunafa Cheese, Mohallabia, Apple Crumble, Cream Caramel, fresh fruits, dates, Kunafa rolls, Zanoud El Sit ( pastry rolls filled with cream), Balah El Sham ( moist & soft fritters).

All Arabic desserts are must try , I enjoyed eating Mohallabia and Cream Caramel. Grills were moist and delectable. Shish Tawook  and fish  were awesome. Biryani was full of flavors too. Had a good Iftar experience overall. !

A la carte Suhour menu is also available here.

 

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