Club member Petra Sander reports.
Two years ago, in April 1998, the German Women's Club (GWC) had it's first official meeting. The club was born out of the desire and initiative of a small group of German speaking women, who having arrived in Dubai and who felt the need for a platform to share their lives and interests in a constructive and positive manner.
Mrs. Weili Ring, wife of the previous German Consul General became patron of the club, with a committee of five and some twenty initial members. Our membership fluctuates as women come and go in this transient society. Our current membership is approximately 100 members.
With the second anniversary celebration on the Intercontinental dhow on the Dubai Creek this April, and our new patron, Mrs. Lilo Cappell, wife of the present German Consul General, it can be said with a degree of pride that the GWC has been a great success for German speakers of more than 15 different nationalities.
The committee works hard and with dedication at organising regular monthly meetings, and presenting numerous interesting speakers varying from medical to historical topics. In order to keep the members busy and challenged throughout the month, committee members send out monthly newsletters, plan great excursions, culinary demonstrations, field trips and charity fund raising events. During the last two years the GWC visited the Jebel Ali Free Zone, the "Camel Clinic" and the Camel and Horse Race Track, Media City, archeological digs in Ras Al Khaimah, agricultural farms in Dhaid, Sharjah Museums, and new hotels, to name only some of the places we enjoyed.
In addition, a variety of 'interest groups' have formed within the membership to cater for individual needs and talents, such as Internet and computer classes, investment & stock market analysis, oriental dance sessions, singing get-togethers, learning Arabic, English conversation, gardening in Dubai and workshops for those with interest in handicrafts etc.
Membership and Meetings
Our meetings are held every first Sunday of the month, on the 20th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel at 10:00 a.m. If you speak German and feel inclined to join us, we look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting. Our last meeting before the summer break will be the first Sunday in June, and we start again on the first Sunday in October 2001. The monthly breakfast meetings are at a cost of Dhs. 30 per person.
At our meetings you can join the club by filling in a membership form, and paying the annual fee of DH 50.00. For more information about the group, kindly browse through our
German speaking webpage or send an e-mail or contact our president Mrs. Tina Ostwald on 050-4445709.
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