Raising awareness on children with special needs, on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana hotel, a flagship property of Rotana’s alcohol-free Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts brand and previously certified the world’s tallest hotel by Guinness World Records, hosted a fun-filled day for children with special needs.
With an attempt to contribute positively to society, the event was made colorful by the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative ‘Around the world in 1 day’ celebrating songs and national dance performances prepared for the attending children by the hotel colleagues. About 60 students of Senses Residential and Day Care Center for Special Needs, Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs and Dubai Center for Special Needs travelled the world within one day.
The amazing trip started with a welcome speech from the captain of imagery aircraft, Karim Nahas, the General Manager of Rose Rayhaan by Rotana who wished the children a happy journey and gave them a brief information about the ATW02 (Around the World – 02) flight. The first destination was North Africa, in specific Egypt, followed by mysterious Asia where the young passengers had a chance to visit Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Philippines. After that the colleagues from Russia and Uzbekistan toured the children around Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Finally, after visiting United States of America with a short stopover in Mexico, the children landed safely in the most fascinating city in the world, Dubai.
“Universal Children’s Day is commemorated annually worldwide in November 20 to promote international togetherness and awareness among children across the world. Taking into account the fact that special needs children are not able to travel easily due to their physical, mental and emotional instability, by being a multinational team with colleagues from almost 30 countries, we have decided to take the children for a happy trip across the globe by showing them different countries, their traditions and culture”, said Karim Nahas, the General Manager of Rose Rayhaan by Rotana.
Lina Owies, the Executive Manager of the Senses Residential and Day Care Center for Special Needs said: “We are so honored to be on board this year with our students and travel again with Rose Rayhaan by Rotana around the World, it has been indeed one of the amazing initiatives that we have been part of! We would like to thank Rose Rayhaan by Rotana team for such a memorable trip, for the smiles you have put on their faces. I am sure they won’t forget this trip for very long time”.
After the trip, many supervised activities awaited the children: exciting games, clowns and mascots, face painting and finally the chefs of Rose Rayhaan were watching special guests as they delightfully enjoyed their lunch.
“Following the success of the event “Around the World in 1 day” in 2013, we had been asked by our first young passengers who had taken the same flight last year to take them again for the similar trip next year, so we did! This trip, of course, was imaginary and conducted by using audio-visual effects that excited the children and flew them with their imagination to many beautiful destinations. We were extremely pleased to have this opportunity to host children and staff from the Dubai Center for Special Needs, Senses and Al Noor Special Needs Centers. It was a truly great experience for both children and adults and gave us such a pleasure to see how children were enjoying their time, and could not just sit and watch but to join our colleagues to dance and sing together,” added Karim Nahas.
Since opening in December 2009, in a bid to showcase their commitment to the local community, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana has been an integral part of UAE society and has been involved in numerous community customized projects such as clean-up campaigns, regular blood donations, organizing donations to the Philippines after severe natural disasters. As part of the Rotana Earth, Rotana’s Global Corporate Sustainability Platform, the hotel has also actively promoted environmental awareness by running several green initiatives.