King’s Academy, October 6, 2016 – At a ceremony in the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library this week, King’s Academy dedicated the main library hall to Dar Al-Handasah, one of the world’s leading architectural and engineering international consultancies.
Headmaster John Austin was joined by Chairman of the Board of Trustees HE Bassem Al-Salem, Board Member Mazen Darwazah and former Chairman of the Board Karim Kawar, as well as members of the faculty and staff in welcoming Dar Al-Handasah CEO Talal Shair. Shair, who is also a member of the board, made a generous contribution to the school in memory of his father Dr. Kamal Shair, who was born and raised in the city of Salt and founded Dar Al Handasah in 1956.
During the reception, King’s Academy students Boyi Yao ’17 and Celine Kishek ’18 entertained the group with a violin and flute performance, playing Sonata for Flute and Violin, TWV 40:111 by Georg Philipp Telemann.
Al-Salem expressed his appreciation to Shair and his wife Maha for their longstanding support to King’s Academy.
“It is because of people like Maha and Talal that brilliant underprivileged children have access to King's,” he said. “Your gift came at a critical and exciting time in the school’s history that enabled us to break ground for the much needed new dorm and faculty housing building.”
Austin said the contribution was a fitting tribute to the founder of Dar Al-Handasah.
“On behalf of our students and faculty, thank you for this transformational gift, and for making this school and its students’ lives better, for generations to come,” Austin said.