Al Ansari Exchange donates AED 250,000 to Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs.

 Funds to enable development of enhanced facilities in providing multi-disciplinary programs for Special needs children
  
[UAE, July 19, 2014] – In line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has donated AED 250,000 to Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs, a Dubai-based non-profit organization for children with Special needs between the ages of 3 and 18. The donation will enable the center to offer enhanced and improved facilities in providing multi-disciplinary programs for the nurturing and development of its children with special needs.

Rashed Ali Al Ansari, General Manager, Al Ansari Exchange, said: “Children with special needs are an integral part of our society and should be given equal opportunities to nurture their talent and develop their abilities. We are confident that our little contribution to the Al Noor Training Center will help make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Al Ansari Exchange is very sincere about its CSR agenda and rolls our socially-relevant initiatives, as it firmly believes in making a valuable contribution to the society.”
“We highly appreciate the donation made by Al Ansari Exchange, which will contribute in a positive way towards the development of children with special neeeds. We offer training programs for  children so that they can become financially independent individuals since we depend on corporate donations to run our organization. This kind gesture reflects Al Ansari Exchange’s care and concern for individuals with special needs and will serve as an example for other corporates to support such causes,” concluded Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Board Member,
Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs.
Located in Al Barsha area of Dubai, Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs has received the ISO 9001:2008 certification for ‘Educational, Rehabilitative and Therapy Services for Individuals with Special Needs through Assessments, Intervention and Training.’ Run under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the special school provides children with special needs, regardless of their background, the same opportunity through professional training and care to realize their potential and integrate them into the wider community.
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About Al Ansari Exchange
Al Ansari Exchange is one of the leading remittance and foreign exchange service providers in the UAE. Founded in 1966, the company has established its presence through an extensive network of more than 130 conveniently located branches across the country to bring its services closer to its customers.
Al Ansari Exchange has established strategic partnerships with leading banking and financial institutions around the globe to reinforce its commitment to provide key financial services to its growing customer base. The company constantly introduces exclusive offerings and reward schemes for its customers, while maintaining a truly unique banking experience through its wide range of technology-driven financial services that cater to specific customer needs. Al Ansari Exchange employs a highly qualified and professional team of over 2,200 multinational employees, who serve more than 2 million multi-national customers per month in accordance with consistent level of service experience that meets and exceeds customer expectations.
In addition to remittance and foreign exchange services, Al Ansari Exchange also offers a host of other ancillary financial services, including bill payments, credit card encashment, international mobile top-up, investment and saving schemes, loyalty programs, e-exchange, payroll solutions and corporate cash collection services.

Employees make use of reduced workload in Ramadan to invest in developing their soft skills.

Demand for training programs targeting middle managers sees 15% increase in Ramadan, compared to monthly average, says IH Dubai
Dubai, UAE, 13 July 2014: International House Dubai (IH Dubai), a leading institution offering practical skills-based courses with international accreditation, has reported a 15 percent increase in admissions to training programs during Ramadan, compared to the monthly average in the first half of 2014.

The company attributed this rise to the reduced working hours in the public and private sectors, which allows more executive trainees to enroll in training sessions for career development.
Clair Hattle, Director, IH Dubai said: “Business continuity and performance are the main challenges for employers during Ramadan, but soft skills improvement for employees can bring benefits for both employers and employees, especially if the programs offer certificates with international accreditation.” 
Hattle added that these qualifications are preferred mainly by UAE nationals because they hold value in the Emiratisation drive, opening new doors to rewarding careers in the private sector.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for management programs and English, and we responded by developing a flexible schedule during Ramadan until July 28. We expect the higher demand for such programs to continue until the end of 2014,” Hattle said. “The UAE public and private sectors have a better understanding, nowadays, of applying international standards to the local workplace by investing in the soft skills of their employees during Ramadan.”
A majority of trainees during Ramadan are middle managers who are climbing up the ladder in their professional career paths. They choose Ramadan because of reduced workload in their workplace, and this leaves room for pursuing skills development programs.
Failan Saleem, Marketing Director, IH Dubai added: “We reduced the registration fees by 15% until the end of this campaign on the 28th of July, however training can commence anytime before the 31st of December, 2014. Our aim for this offer is to encourage companies in the UAE to consider this period for employees’ skills improvement.
Saleem concluded: “We take pride in enjoying a significant share of the training sector in the UAE. We notice that language, soft skills and ILM programs are among the top choices for local trainees during the Ramadan period.”

IH Dubai has been operating in Dubai for the past 10 years. It is part of IHWO, a 61-year-old body that represents a network of institutions worldwide committed to implementing high quality standards in education and training.