The Greens & Views’ Golden Age Group gets media attention
The Golden Age Group in The Greens & Views began as an initiative to bring elders in the community together. Over the last two years, the group has been an active platform for members to come together, socialise and build a common bond as they spend their senior years in Dubai. Besides connecting on an emotional level, members from the group have also enjoyed exclusive outdoor community events including dhow cruises and park outings.
Recently, the Golden Age Group was picked by the press for its novel concept and the response it has garnered so far. For more information on the article, click here.
Here is an excerpt from the article.
With more than 60 members from many backgrounds, the club has three golden rules: it must be non-religious, non-political and non-commercial.
“Everyone who is above the age of 60 for men and 50 for women is welcomed to join us for free,” said Pakistani national Mr Durrani. “We meet every day and have hours of lively discussions and share lifetime experiences with each other. It is such fun.”
Mr Durrani and his wife moved to the UAE from Karachi in December 2012 when his son and his family relocated there. Very soon, the former journalist realised that it must be difficult to live a life without purpose and decided to start the club.
He was pleasantly surprised when Emaar, the community development company, allowed him to do so. “We had such great support from Emaar, especially from chairman Mohammed Alabbar, for caring about the senior population living in his community.”
The community management is happy to be associated with Golden Age and has given not just encouragement but also logistical assistance. “We provide space equipped for basic health check-ups, a counter at the supermarket where the members get priority access, special discounts at the pharmacy, discounts at clinics and free bus service from the nearby Metro station,” said Emaar’s community management spokesman. “We will continue to support such initiatives that foster the true spirit of community living.”
Not just that, upon the request of the club, Emaar has dedicated several park benches for Golden Age members.
The Golden Age Group meets regularly in the Al Thayyal function room. If you are a resident in The Greens & Views and would like to join the Golden Age Group, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org