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Mawlana Hazar Imam and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan proceed to lunch at the Presidential Palace, accompanied by an entourage that includes Prince Aly Muhammad and several UAE leaders. Gary Otte

Abu Dhabi, 7 November 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam wrapped up his visit to the United Arab Emirates today, following the ceremony and proceedings of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which took place over the weekend.

Asad participating in an individual skills event at the State Special Olympics.

When the Ismaili Muslim community was invited to assist with the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, volunteers took on numerous roles, including hosting the delegation of athletes and coaches from Bangladesh.

This is an early image of the Carlton Tower,  opened in 1977 as Dubai's first five-star hotel. Surrounding the hotel are the first few multiple storey buildings in Bur Deira.

Born in 1929 in the port of Gwadar, Noor Ali Rashid was sent to Dubai by his father, who hoped to cure him of his interest in photography – a distraction from the family business. Instead, through the lens of his camera, Rashid bore witness to the unfolding of a new country.

A view of the entrance to Souq-al-Izhaar (Market of Expressions).

Starting with an inaugural flag-raising ceremony at the Ismaili Centre, Imamat Day in the UAE was celebrated with enthusiatic creativity. The Souq al-Izhar exhibition invited members of the Jamat to express themselves artistically on a variety of themes.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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