Tribute to my dear father on his 1st Death Anniversary. You are missed tremendously.
The handsome prince she had married …..
Who remained handsome even in his death …. Subhan Allah
Coming from an aristocratic family of Arab roots, Mir Osman Ali Khan grew up disciplined, with high moral values, etiquettes, education, and sportsmanship. The architect raised his daughters in the same way.
During his school and University days, he was a talented cricketer, Six feet 12 in height he went school and played with Former Captain Azharuddin but chose to study Architecture and travel to Saudia rather than joining Indian cricket team. Khan was also a great fan of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and loved the wrestler Mohammed Ali.
Khan’s father, Mir Hussein Ali Khan Bahadur was his role model. A noble man himself an accomplished lawyer, wealthy landlord and a successful poet who recited with Prince Moazam Jah of Deccan. Khan admired his maternal grandmother she was an heiress and influenced his taste in arts and antiquities.
After graduating he migrated from a very modern but economically struggling Hyderabad in the mid-70s with his siblings to a completely new booming Saudi Arabia to pursue his career and leave a mark in this world. Within five years he and his family settled and went on to be famously called ‘The Mazda Family’; because all the 3 brothers were in the same business and had the latest Mazda model cars.
Today one can see his projects all over the kingdom as a symbol of his dedication and love for his new country. Mir Osman Ali Khan’s career has seen one of the greatest and prestigious projects of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Architect started his career with his friend Engr. Hassan Omar Assad, and designed many buildings, flats and mosques and schools in Jeddah. Villas in Durrat Al Arus and King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah and the University in KAUST .
When most of Khan’s friends opt to leave the country during the 1992 Gulf War, he and his family stayed in the Kingdom witnessed it.
As the economy boomed his portfolio included The Saudi German Medical Tower, Jeddah and Abha; Saudi businessman centre, Jeddah; He got certified from the Saudi Ministry of Health and went on to head projects like Umul Qura Teaching Hospital in Makkah; such was his devotion to development that he travelled to Rafha and Turaif to undertake the construction and supervision of the 400 bed government hospitals.
Every time a new project, a new city Khan and his family kept moving and experienced each and every corner of Saudi Arabia.Living three years in Madina, he supervised the King Abdullah Endowment Project that included the King’s personal floor and the Anwar Al-Madina Movenpick Hotel, located in front of the Masjid Al Nabawi.Khan was able to live and experience the real ‘taqwa’ and the holiness and hospitality of the city of the Prophet. He and his family became extremely close to the city and the mosque.
In 1999, on the occasion of the Kingdom’s centenary celebration, Khan celebrated this historical event in his own style. He held an Art and photo exhibition of his daughters. The great event was held at the Saudi German Hospital Tower and was inaugurated by the Honorary President of the Shoura Council, Dr Abdullah Omer Naseef. The 20 paintings reflected on Saudi culture and architecture and were entitled ‘Saudi Arabia Past and Present’. The photographs on display were from his private collection, depicting the historical collaboration of Hyderabad Deccan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He extremely connected to this country and what was happening in his surroundings. Khan liked being well-informed of the current affairs.
‘Prince’ he was affectionately addressed by his friends and associates due to his privileged background and very humble nature. Mir Osman always believed that the more riches one possess, the more humble you should be with Allah’s creation.
Mir Osman Ali Khan passed away peacefully on the 22nd of August ‘2016 and is buried in Riyadh, after devoting more than three decades of his life to his passion of building. The architect was heading the one and only prestigious project -The Dallah Medical Complex in Riyadh.
Mir Osman Ali Khan is one of the last people who had actually lived in two eras, 1950 to this day, the world has gone through enormous transitions both economically, and culturally. He survived to see four kings of Saudi Arabia; attended the funeral of the last Nizam of Hyderabad; the fall of USSR, and witnessed the Bosnian war, survived the Gulf War, and the historical introduction of Euro currency in Europe just to name a few main events of this century.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters Sahebzadi Jamila Mir Osman and Sahebzadi Nusrath Mir Osman Ali Khan. Both his daughters studied in London and are active educators in the Kingdom. His eldest daughter has a passion for art and writing.
Always a doting father, he raised his two daughters in the best manner and completely neutralised them in the Saudi culture and etiquettes by being their teacher, mentor in life and now he has become their inspiration. Khan’s daughters have dedicated a memorial foundation in his honour and doing charity work to continue what their father had started in his last days. Mir Osman Ali Khan was in the process of drafting his memoir when he passed away. His eldest daughter plans to release a biography of her father soon.
The recent KSAALT Mini-Conference was next to amazing. As a member of the organising committee and as a presenter, I was extremely overwhelmed. We got a very encouraging response on the event day by our host; The University of Business and Technology, UBT Dahban Campus, Makkah –KSA.
Everyone arrived on schedule although; it was a 35 minute, early morning ride from Jeddah. Smooth registered by the dedicated KSAALT team made it easy to enjoy the workshops presented by able and experienced educators from around the Kingdom.
The Welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Aiman A. Magrabi, General Director of ELA- UBT followed by a plenary by Dr. Hussian Al-Salahi from KAU on English Literacy Refined.
There were 15 workshops and lectures respectively, commencing at 9:20 am and finishing at 2;30 pm. Workshop presenters included Dr. Catherine Roy from King Abdul Aziz University; Ms. Karen Palmer and Ms. Ghada ElKoussy from Dar Al-Hekmah. Ms. Warqa Hamiddin from UBT gave a workshop entitled Don’t be Outdated Be Updated and many more.
Ms. Asma Hakami also from UBT presented an amazing interactive workshop on Teaching Vocabulary Through Drawings and Storytelling.
A very energetic and enthusiastic workshop entitled, Flashcards as an Engaging Tool in the EFL Classroom was thoroughly applauded. It was presented by Ms. Bushra Latif, ESL instructor from the King Abdul Aziz University- ELI, Head Master Trainer at Master English Training and one of the KSAALT’s enthusiastic organising members.
Presenters and attendees had the facility of tea, coffee and snacks early morning and a sandwich lunch break before closing. UBT volunteers made sure of the smooth commotion of guests, presenters and attendees through the campus.
At 2:30 Presenters were given a tour of the whole campus and its exceptional facilities as a complimentary gesture.
KSAALT TESOL (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers), a non-profit professional service organisation for English language teachers, created in 2006 with a handful of dedicated educators who had a desire to serve, educate, and connect English language teachers in Saudi Arabia through professional development.
KSAALT became an affiliate of TESOL International in 2007, an associate of IATEFL in 2010, and an affiliate of TESOL Arabia in 2015.
KSAALT’s upcoming event is entitled: A Teacher’s Retreat: Professional Development Day at Dar Al Hekmah University – Jeddah. It will be held on Saturday, March 25th at Dar Al-Hekmah Campus, Jeddah from 8:00 to 1:00.
Register online: https://www.research.net/r/KSAALT-DAH-March
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Our relationship with our parents are unlike any other.Parents take care of us physically and mentally when we are not able to fend for ourselves and they are an encouragement when nothing seems to be going as planned.Their love is unconditional- beyond bounds…
Nothing can prepare you to lose a parent.It is irreplaceable, I lost my father at a point when our relationship evolved from teacher to friends.My dad was the one person who could see into my soul and could call me out in the most respectful way.He taught me what humanity, empathy and generosity means.He taught me who I am and what I can become. He taught me to forgive.
People say grief runs its course and it comes in stages but doesn’t seem to fully go away.
His death made me physically ill for six months, I literally vomited and ended up in the ER.It has ripped the remainder of our family apart.His friends into shock and sorrow.
The burden was immense, beyond words, but I understand why I was chosen.I was always the stronger one in the family, so for that I am grateful.
It’s like being a widow- in a club? Where you are a member forever…
Everyone says life goes on, but there are times when I still break down like it happened yesterday.Here I sit with all the luxuries that he provided me, excited to reach for the phone to call when he will never pick up the phone.
He lives, within me. His death has forever changed me and how I look at the world. In an odd way it has made me closer to my creator; to be a better daughter, sister and friend.I am always acutely aware of what memories can mean to people around me and how I impact their lives while I am on this earth.It made me realise that now I have given the responsibility to carry on the wishes and moral teachings given by my late father.
Everyone deserves to know how much they are loved and when I am gone, what I teach and instil will be my legacy.
The city of Jeddah has had the esteem privilege and honour of hosting the 1st International Conference of English language teaching as a foreign language in the kingdom at Hilton , Jeddah.
Amazing informative conference with international speakers and equally lovely educational exhibition featuring all the top institutes based in Jeddah including Master English Training.
Saudi and Expatriate teachers attended with vigour even though the three-day conference was during the working hours.