For Network International, the meaningful impact of our growth and success comes when we’re able to positively influence the wellbeing of our staff and the communities in which we operate.
Our efforts began with a series of initiatives to make the workplace comfortable, safe and productive. This included converting to ergonomic chairs, conducting regular free health check-ups and hosting health improvement sessions.
To complement this, we’re also taking measures to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact, such as energy conservation initiatives, increased focus on recycling and paper-reduction efforts.
Some of our society-oriented activities include:
Celebrating UAE Artists
‘Celebrating UAE Artists’ is a unique initiative launched by Network International to promote the creations of UAE-based artists,
In 2015, we partnered with the organisation Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), to support their childhood cancer initiative – ANA.
Special Needs Future
In line with our commitment to society at large, our CSR initiatives involve support to the Special Needs Future (SNF) Development Center in Dubai.
F1 in Schools
In 2014 we sponsored the Dubai College school team that took part in the “F1 in Schools Competition”, the world’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) challenge, covering over 40 countries.
Celebrating UAE Artists
‘Celebrating UAE Artists’ is a unique initiative launched by Network International to promote the creations of UAE-based artists, especially talented Emirati artists and children with disabilities.
We offer our building façade as a platform for artists to showcase their talent. Life-sized reproductions of local artwork will be displayed on the colossal façade of the company’s headquarters in Al Barsha, showcasing a new artwork every three months. This unique initiative by a UAE-based company is a first for Dubai and will contribute to the UAE’s vibrant home-grown art scene.
Dr. Najat Makki’s painting titled ‘Illuminant Figures’ is the first to be displayed in a series of many. The original painting is currently on display at Dubai’s Women’s Museum, the first of its kind in the Arab world that is recognised for representing the UAE’s history and heritage through art.
Artist: Dr. Najat Makki
Dr. Najat Makki, is one of the foremost Emirati artists. She is a member of a number of cultural and Fine Arts Institutions, including the Emirates Association for Fine Arts, the society of AIP for Fine Arts at UNESCO. In 1977, Makki was the first Emirati woman to be granted a government scholarship to study art abroad, where she travelled to Cairo to obtain her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in relief sculpture and metal. Upon her return, she began working for the Ministry of Education conducting art workshops and teacher training and finally in 2000, she returned to Egypt to complete her doctorate in the philosophy of art.
‘Colours of Rain’
Artist: Zia Sahad
Zia Sahad is a 19-year old Pakistani student at Dubai’s Rashid Centre for the Disabled. Zia, who was born deaf and dumb, joined the centre ten years ago and is an active member of Rashid Theatre. Painting is one of Zia’s many talents, and ‘Colours of Rain’, created in 2016, is a visual treat that plays with striking colours to depict a vibrant rainy day.
‘Their dreams are our present’
Artist: Farid Mohammed Al Rais
Farid Al Rais is one of the very few water colour artists in the UAE. An Emirati national, Farid’s artistic talent was evident at a very young age. Right from his school days, Farid has been winning most of the art contests he participates in. A self-taught artist, Farid’s paintings are now hot-sellers at prestigious art auctions and exhibitions, while his solo exhibitions attract art lovers from across the Arab world.
‘Their dreams are our present’ is a water colour painting that depicts how the citizens and residents of the UAE currently are living the dreams of our forefathers. The painting highlights how important the sea and boats were to the UAE, and how the discovery of oil transformed the country’s economy, contributing to rapid growth and development.
For more information about the campaign or to refer an Emirati artist to be featured, please send an email to CSR@network.ae.
In 2015, we partnered with the organisation Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), to support their childhood cancer initiative – ANA. The initiative aims to enhance the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families, through the provision of care, with financial and moral support that may ease the burden they face. Network International worked closely with FOCP throughout the year, supporting various activities such as the SMS Zakat campaign and Joy Cart in Dubai Hospital.
In line with our commitment to society at large, our CSR initiatives involve support to the Special Needs Future (SNF) Development Center in Dubai. This saw several of our staff helping out as volunteers during SNF’s Annual Bazaar, in addition to our sponsorship.
Network International continued its support to the Special Needs Future (SNF) Development Center by hosting the ‘Handmade With ♥’ initiative at the company’s premises. Pop-up shops were set up to sell items made by the Center’s students to raise awareness about young adults with special needs across the Dubai community. All proceeds from sales went to the Center for the welfare of its students.
In 2014 we sponsored the Dubai College school team that took part in the “F1 in Schools Competition”, the world’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) challenge, covering over 40 countries. It involved the designing, manufacturing, marketing and project management of a miniature Formula1 car using the latest engineering and CAD software. The aim of our sponsorship was to support and nurture the youth’s creativity and innovative thinking.