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Flavors of UAE in Delhi at this gala night for a cause

With the intention of extending a helping hand to the disabled and less fortunate people, especially kids, the embassy of United Arab Emirates (UAE), in collaboration with Sun Foundation, Rashid Centre for the Disabled and FICCI, organized 'A Gala Night of Hope' in Delhi recently. The evening, which also included an auction to raise funds for the children at both the foundations was attended by delegates from Dubai and the UAE Embassy in India and other business and Bolly wood personalities.

(L-R) Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the chief guest at the event, Sunil Kant Munjal and Khadija Albanna (BCCL/ Samik Sen)

Extending a helping hand
Sheikh Jumaa Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, from the royal family of UAE, was the chief guest at the event. It was organized under the guidance of Dr Ahmed Albanna, ambassador of UAE and his wife Khadija Albanna. Vikramjit Singh Sahney, the chairman of Sun Foundation, along with Ahmed Hashim Khoury, chairman, Rashid Centre, held an exhibition displaying the talents of the students from the foundations.

All for a cause
The auction included the leather jacket worn by Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale, a lehenga worn by Deepika Padukone in Chennai Express, boxing gloves signed byDavid Haye, and paintings by the students. SRK's leather jacket was sold for Rs1,60,000, and Deepika's lehenga for Rs1,00,000. Actress Raveena Tandon also attended the event. She said, "It is an honour for me to be a part of this night organized by these foundations that have been working really hard for women and kids. I would like to thank everyone who is a part of this beautiful cause."

Some Arabic and sufi music
Apart from the auction and the exhibition, the evening also saw various entertaining performances. Emirati singers Fayez AlSaeed and Abdullah Bel Khair sang some Arabic songs and sitar maestro Ustad Nishat Khan performed a beautiful composition. But the special performers of the evening were the students from the foundations, who put up a dance performance with full gusto.