Dubai: SmartLife organises talent show for labourers

Smart Idol takes place over nine months, where more than 1,500 labourers from Dubai are auditioned from over 15 labour camps

The Smart Idol finale will take place on Friday, 19 May, 2017 at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Bur Dubai.
The Smart Idol finale will take place on Friday, 19 May, 2017 at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Bur Dubai.

SmartLife, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) licensed by the Community Development Authority (CDA) – Dubai, has organised a competition, Smart Idol, to showcase the talents of emirate’s blue-collar labourers.

Smart Idol takes place over nine months, where more than 1,500 labourers from Dubai are auditioned from over 15 labour camps with their singing and dancing talents in the preliminary rounds.

A jury panel selects the top 15 talents, split between singing and dancing performances, who will then be trained and mentored by industry professionals to fine-tune their skills.

Smart Idol winners and select finalists become part of SmartBand, which performs at corporate events.

Indrani Dasgupta, project lead, Smart Idol, said: “Smart Idol affords our hard-working labourers a healthy break from work and gives them an opportunity to exhibit their talents and thereby enhance their own self-esteem.''

The NGO SmartLife has a variety of projects, each working towards enhancing the lives of Dubai's workers.

Among these projects include SmartSapna, which offers scholarships for children of blue collar workers in Dubai and children studying in their home countries.

SmartMeditation is a project that teaches yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques with follow up sessions that keeps the practice a way of life.

Other initiatives include SmartMedic, which offers periodic health check-ups and offers wellness activities for workers; as well as SmartCup is a cricket tournament where blue and white collar workers are part of the same team vying for the coveted trophy.

SmartLife also has SmartReading, in line with the reading initiative of the government, which helps semi-literate workers to enjoy the pleasures of reading; while SmartSkills workshop engages with companies to offer training in diverse fields such as mechanical, engineering, plumbing (MEP), carpentry, painting, and similar with the aim of improving productivity in existing employment.

A project that runs through the month of Ramadan, SmartDistribution, is an initiative that shares dry foods, hygiene products, and other gifts from corporate and organizational benefactors. 

SmartDistribution has been expanded to other times of the year, as and when sponsors are available. Other projects in the SmartLife pipeline are SmartWoman and SmartArt, scheduled to start this year.

The Smart Idol finale will take place on Friday, 19 May, 2017 at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Oud Metha Road, Bur Dubai.

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