The Reading Club at ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, is organizing a cultural symposium to discuss “Flashes of Thought,” a book written by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The symposium will be conducted on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Hall 105 the Women’s Campus as part of ALHOSN University’s celebrations marking the UAE’s 42nd National Day.
Sponsored by ALHOSN University, the symposium is expected to attract a large number of intellectuals and those interested in humanitarian issues and life experiences. It will be attended by several faculty members, students and guests curious about cultural and societal issues.
"Flashes of Thought" covers a variety of topics inspired by a dialogue with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed during the Government Summit held in February 2013 where he answered many questions from UAE Nationals, residents, and visitors. The book documents the session and some of its subjects as well as other new ideas and topics. The contents include achieving happiness, the Government of the Future, time management and its importance, the Arab Spring, investment in the UAE, and equestrianism, to name a few.
H.E. Prof. Munther Talal Momeni , Vice Chancellor, ALHOSN University, said: "We are pleased to organize this symposium as part of the University’s celebrations on the occasion of the UAE’s 42nd National Day. This event will add great value to the activities of of the Reading Club. We in the UAE are enjoying a new chapter of successful practical experiences as brilliantly expressed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in his book.”
“H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, may God protect him, describes the book as a diverse source of life experiences, leadership ideas, and humanitarian opinions from the viewpoint of a successful and seasoned Arab leader. The material should be an integral part of any cultural library, and should be read by every student at the university and all people who are interested in leadership and entrepreneurship as it contains simple thoughts and opinions. This book will also be a source of inspiration for all of us as professors, students, and staff,” he added.
Dr. Mohammed Said Hasab El Naby Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at ALHOSN and Supervisor of the Reading Club, emphasized that the book is unique in terms of language and style, simple in terms of composition, and great in terms of meanings and ideas. He added that the book also presents ideas on modernity, innovation and renewal, and presents the results of experiences gained by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid over the years. Dr. Hasab El Naby pointed out that this literature is of high cultural value and should be read by every teacher, father, mother, and all those who are interested in educational affairs, leadership and success.
Mohammed Al Marzouki from Abu Dhabi Education Council, an alumnus of ALHOSN University, will summarize and discuss the book, while Wadima Al Falahi, another distinguished graduate who took up her master's degree in the university will review the content. Both will take an intellectual tour of this valued book.
ALHOSN University’s Reading Club was established in 2010 with the aim of encouraging students to read and develop their cognitive aspects, as well as to create and promote cultural awareness among university students. The Club's activities have spread outwards to link the university with community and are playing key roles in the cultural movement being witnessed across the UAE.