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Dubai based author shares 5 ways to celebrate International Literacy Day

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As the world gears up to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8th, Dubai-based author and creative educator, Purva Grover, offers a captivating roadmap for celebrating this vital day filled with books, stories, and literary joy.

Since its inception in 1967, International Literacy Day has annually underscored the vital role of literacy in upholding human dignity and rights while pushing the literacy agenda toward a more enlightened and sustainable society. At a time when the tradition of storytelling is waning, Purva Grover emphasizes the need to revive this age-old educational practice. With three published books to her credit, including “The Trees Told Me So” and “It was the year 2020”, Purva champions the idea that stories, more than facts, touch our hearts and serve as vessels to preserve cultures and traditions for generations to come.

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, Purva Grover, renowned for her work in fostering creative thinking and education for both young minds and adults, seeks to inspire one and all to embrace reading and writing as essential life skills, enjoyable pastimes, or avenues for stress relief. Here are five delightful avenues to partake in this celebration:

1. Explore a Bookstore – Bookends

Dubai’s beloved Bookends, a locally rooted bookstore and hub for pre-loved books, beckons book enthusiasts to embark on a literary adventure where book prices commence at a mere AED 1. With books spanning over 15 languages, visitors can also relish a cozy reading nook within the store.

At: Dubai Digital Park, Silicon Oasis, Dubai.

Get social: https://www.instagram.com/bookendsae/

2. Join a book club (A night of SHE reading and SHE games)

Towards the end of September, ardent readers can engage in a night of SHE reading, hosted by Purva Grover herself. SHE, a book by Grover, represents a literary homage to the essence of femininity. Guests can also play interactive games centered around the theme of the book.

Know more: On Thursday, 28th September, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm, Mogao by Socialicious, Dubai Digital Park, Silicon Oasis, Dubai.

Get social: https://www.instagram.com/mogaodubai/

3. Decorate with Word Art – Gift of Stories

For those seeking unique word-inspired decor, Gift of Stories offers a delightful range of quirky and colorful canvas prints that add whimsy and wonder to your living spaces. These canvases, available in various sizes and colors, are perfect additions to room walls, hallways, studies, and desks.

Order: https://purva-grover.zbooni.com

Get social: https://www.instagram.com/giftofstories/

4. Attend a Poetry Reading with Rashmi Kotriwala

Dubai-based poetess Rashmi Kotriwala invites you to a captivating morning of poetry as she shares verses from her debut Hindi poetry collection, “Khayaalon Ke Darmiyaan.” This compilation, comprising over 100 poems in the Hindustani language, promises to be a soul-stirring literary experience.

Know more: On Tuesday, September 13, 10.30-noon, Bookends Store, Dubai Digital Park, Silicon Oasis, Dubai

Get social: https://www.instagram.com/rashk29/

5. Engage in the Midnight Prompt Writing Challenge

Aspiring writers, thinkers, and creatives are warmly invited by Purva Grover to participate in the Midnight Prompt Writing Challenge. Commencing at midnight on September 8th and extending until September 16th, daily prompts will ignite your creative spark. You need not be a seasoned author or poet to partake; all amateur writers are encouraged to share their musings, be it a thought, sentence, paragraph, or more. These entries will be showcased on social media.

International Literacy Day offers an opportunity to celebrate the profound impact of literature and storytelling in our lives. Author Purva Grover’s diverse literary initiatives provide the perfect backdrop to make this day truly special. Join the literary festivities, explore the enchantment of words, and immerse yourself in the world of books, stories, and creativity.

For further details and to connect with Purva Grover, follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/purvagr/

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SkyPower and ZETDC Sign landmark power purchase agreements for Zimbabwe’s largest solar project

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In a historic event at the World Future Energy Summit, SkyPower and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), marking a significant milestone in the development of the largest solar project in the history of Zimbabwe. The agreements pave the way for the commencement of the Green Giant project, set to deliver 500 MW of solar power, capable of energizing approximately 2 million households.

As previously stated by His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe: “My presidential commitment is to enhance our energy sustainability through renewable energy by collaborating with world-class companies like SkyPower. Today’s signing is a landmark achievement for our nation, setting a robust foundation for our sustainable future.”

The signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi was witnessed by eminent personalities including the Honorable Edgar Moyo, Minister of Energy of Zimbabwe, Lovemore Mazemo, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the UAE, Eng. Abel Gurupira, Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, Mr. Mazambani Edington Tapera, Chairman of ZERA.

“This is a momentous day for Zimbabwe, demonstrating our commitment to transforming our energy sector and ensuring reliable power for our people”, stated by Eng. Abel Gurupira, Managing Director of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company. Kerry Adler, President & CEO of SkyPower, highlighted the project’s importance, “We are proud to kick off the initial phases of the Green Giant project at this prestigious summit. This partnership exemplifies our dedication to promoting sustainable energy development globally.

Upon completion, this project will stand as a testament to Zimbabwe’s commitment to renewable energy and economic growth.”

“The significance of today’s event cannot be overstated. As we align our efforts with global energy transitions, this project underlines our strategy to integrate renewable energy into our national energy mix significantly,” remarked the Honorable Edgar Moyo.

This accomplishment highlights the country’s favorable environment and underscores the exceptional teamwork and dedicated efforts from both parties.

This initiative is expected to boost Zimbabwe’s economy significantly by creating thousands of jobs and fostering infrastructure development. It is aligned with global efforts towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and enhancing the quality of life for millions of Zimbabweans.

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Dxb airport issues travel advisory, Emirates suspends travel procedures until midnight

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Dubai International (DXB) is advising passengers not to come to the airport, unless absolutely necessary due to the unprecedented weather conditions in the country.In a statement, Dubai Airports said that flights continue to be delayed and diverted. Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for the latest information on flight status.

Dubai Airports assures passengers that they are working hard to recover operations as quickly as possible in very challenging conditions.

On the same note, Emirates Airlines has decided to suspend travel procedures for passengers departing from Dubai starting from 8:00 am on Wednesday, 17th April, until midnight on 18th April, due to operational challenges resulting from adverse weather conditions and road conditions.Emirates Airlines added that procedures for passengers arriving in Dubai and transit passengers will continue.

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UAE receives record-breaking rains, highest in 75 years

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The UAE received the heaviest rainfall on record on Tuesday over a 24 hour period.According to WAM, it surpassed all records documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The downpour impacted numerous regions across the country.The National Centre of Meteorology confirmed that the record rainfall that fell on the country during the 24 hours until 9 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, is an exceptional event in the UAE’s climate history since the start of recording climate data.The centre said that, so far, the highest rainfall was recorded in the “Khatm Al Shakla” area in Al Ain, reaching 254 mm in less than 24 hrs.

It is noteworthy that the NCM’s Shuwaib station had recorded 287.6 mm on March 9th 2016.

This heavy rainfall is an exceptional event in the UAE that contributes to increasing the annual rainfall average in the UAE, as well as strengthening the country’s groundwater reserves in general.

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