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The Ismaili Centre was opened in 2009 in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, and Prince Rahim.

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, architects Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid visited the Centre earlier this year and looked back on the successes and challenges in designing a welcoming building of timeless elegance.

A Kaleidoscope of Evolving Multiple Identities

With their presence in 25 countries across five continents, Ismailis are an international community, with trends of migration leading some of them from their settlements in Arabia, Persia and Indian subcontinent to Africa and further Westwards. This geographical spread of the community makes it difficult to categorize it by either nationality, language or culture. A better way to understand them is by keeping the Imam of the Time at the centre and reflecting about the identities of these various communities as evolving, through time and space.

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Sanitation is a pressing global developmental issue on which the Government of India has been working since the past two decades. In line with Government’s plans, AKAHI has been successfully working in the field of rural water, sanitation and hygiene promotion since 1995, leading to significant improvement in the hygiene standards of people across its project locations. On the occasion of world Toilet day on 19 November 2019, we bring you details of activities done by AKAHI and its impact.

The main courtyard at the Ismaili Centre Dubai features an intricate geometric arrangement of water channels which, along with the flower beds and trees, evoke the natural environment within a built-up area.

Today, climate change affects every country on every continent. It has become a global challenge that requires local engagement. In response, the Jamat in the United Arab Emirates has actively participated in environmental programming in the country, acting as stewards for a sustainable, green future.

Calligraphic rendering of “Ali” in Arabic.

This week, Ismailis and other Muslims mark Yawm‐e Ali, which commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali. The cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), Hazrat Ali is recognised as the most important spiritual and intellectual authority in Islam after the Holy Prophet, who, in accordance with the Shia tradition of Islam, designated him under Divine Command, as the first in the line of hereditary Imams from the Prophet’s own progeny.

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