Nenu Tech, Richmond Hughes and Gallery Ward joined hands to organise a charity dinner event in Dubai last week in support of the Emirates Red Crescent and the UAE Compassion (Tarahamu) campaign.

The UAE Compassion (Tarahamu) campaign has been launched earlier this year on the directives of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, with the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, to help Syrian refugees caught in a biting cold in the Levant this winter.

The event was held at the Capital Club Dubai on February 5 and Pir Shafi Muhammad from the Richmond Hughes, Yaser Askar and Maha Alsharif from the Gallery Ward welcomed the guests. Salem Bin Dasmal, Founder of the Silver Spoon Investments was the major sponsor of the event.

The prominent personalities who graced the occasion included Misbah Ahmad, Vice President, Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Limited; Muhammad Kamal and Mr. Hassan from the Emirates Red Crescent; Kashif Arbab, CEO, Envestors, MENA — an affiliate of the Capital Quantum; Ahmad A.Fahmy, Senior Projects Manager, Alico; Ivan Woods, Executive Director, Arqaam Capital; Mr. Shanka Abeywardene, Senior Director, Alpen Asset Advisers and Ms. Asela Abeywardene; Liv Baggen, Associate Director at the Lawrie Shabibi; Pir Abdul Wahid, a prominent lawyer from Pakistan; Zafar Mahmood and Altaf Shah from the NTES Group; Jahangir Moghal, a senior immigration lawyer from the Child & Child, UK; Maisoun Sharif, Muhammad Arif, Faisal Rehman from the BSI bank; Ali Walayat a senior banker, and others.

Welcoming the honourable guests, Pir Shafi Muhammad said: “It is an integral part of Richmond Hughes vision and mission to organize events aimed at making a positive contribution to the society and thank Allah for all the blessings he has bestowed on us”.

The event showcased art pieces, including paintings, photographs and sculptures from the contemporary artists belonging mainly to the Middle East region. The guests as well as art connoisseurs were impressed by the modern trends depicted by the young and not-so young artists. They particularly evinced keen interest in photograph ‘Dubai’ by Ayman Lotfy,  painting ‘Being’ by Irfan Gul Dahri and a bronze piece titled ‘Cat’ by Essam Darwish.

The event was a resounding success both in terms of promoting current artists from the Arab world as well as generating proceeds to be spent on noble causes through the Tarahamu campaign and the Emirates Red Crescent.

Later, Pir Shafi Muhammad, of the Richmond Hughes, thanked all the participants and the event sponsor Salem Bin Dasmal for the memorable event.

This event in Dubai was a first of a series of charity fundraising events by Richmond Hughes — a real estate investment company with a focus on London property market — plans to organise in the Middle East and UK this year. Richmond Hughes hosted a similar fund raising event in London in December 2014, co-hosted by Lahd gallery. The event was attended by prominent personalities from London and funds were raised through an Arts auction in support of Nishat Welfare Organization and Caspian Arts Foundation.

The Red Crescent in Dubai has worked since its establishment to promote the spirit of solidarity and compassion among the community members, and thanks to the support and assistance of the philanthropists and benefactors for its charitable programmes. It has crossed several milestones of providing services in the humanitarian field. The Emirates Red Crescent has expanded its programmes and activities to include all walks of life and various aspects of support and assistance for low-income (limited) and needy people and families.