‘Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education’, declared Martin Luther King, Jr. This statement certainly appears to have found resonance with Mohan Valrani, who, as one of Dubai’s leading businessmen, is now focusing upon his latest venture: that of creating a lifelong educational legacy within the emirate.
After decades spent at the forefront of Dubai’s dynamic business scene, Mohan has now turned his attention towards founding Arcadia Schools in the belief that private enterprise within the field of education holds an important place in the future of the UAE.
DUBAI // A philanthropist who donated Dh71,000 to the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre to mark his 71st birthday had a new classroom named in his honour yesterday.
The Indian businessman Mohan Valrani, from Al Shirawi Group of Companies, celebrates his birthday today.
"With this donation, I want to be an example for the others in the community to do the same," he said at the opening ceremony. "The habit of giving is an addiction." From next week, the Mohan Valrani Room will be used to prepare children with special needs for placement in senior schools. It can accommodate eight children between the ages of 10 and 13....
'The more you give, the more you receive', is an age-old adage and a Dubai-based Indian businessman, makes sure he donates 1,000 times of whatever his age is so that he receives a thousand-fold blessings every time he celebrates his birthday.
This is what Indian philanthropist-entrepreneur Mohan Valrani of the Al Shirawi Group has been doing for the past seven years. Valrani, who ranks 10th on the Forbes list of top 100 Indian leaders in the UAE, has been celebrating his birthday with students at Rashid Centre for Disabled.
DUBAI // An Indian businessman cut a cake with children from the Rashid Centre for the Disabled and presented a cheque for Dh76,000 to celebrate his 76th birthday on Thursday.
This is the sixth year Mohan Valrani has donated an amount linked to his age to mark his birthday.
Describing the students as his children, he promised to continue to support the centre.
“I am very pleased to celebrate with Rashid Centre for the Disabled students and consider them as my children,” said Mr Valrani, executive vice chairman of the Al Shirawi Group, an industrial conglomerate, and founder of The Arcadia Preparatory School.