Children complete specialised chess training in Jumeirah

Dubai Chess and Culture Club partners with Iqraa Arabic Language Centre in grassroots chess training program

Dubai Chess and Culture Club recently completed a six-week training program for children 6-10 years old held at the Iqraa Language Centre ​​in Sunset Mall, Jumeirah. The chess course for beginners provided a total of 10 hours of top-notch instruction from the club’s renowned coaches and was part of an ongoing thrust to promote the game of chess across different communities in Dubai.

Yahya Mohammed Saleh, the club’s Planning and Development Manager, said the partnership with the Iqraa Language Centre highlighted the club’s strategy of collaborating with various institutions and community leaders to push its chess programs to the grassroots level. Iqraa provided the venue and training facilities as host of the program,while Candidate Master (CM) Jameela Ali, who is part of Dubai Chess Club’s pool of certified coaches, served as head instructor of sessions.

Saleh praised the enthusiasm of Iqraa and the parents of the children who supported the initiative, which he said reflected the strong response the club’s outreach chess training activities have received from different communities in the emirate. He said Dubai Chess and Culture Club and Iqraa share a common goal of nurturing the academic development, creativity and mental acumen of children in a fun and engaging way.

He also announced that the two parties will continue jointly organising training programs at Iqraa, with the next 10-week sessions to start in the second semester. The exclusive training program is open to all nationalities.

Yusra al-Hashemi , owner of Iqraa, said chess has been an important addition to the specialised programs of the centre, which include Arabic language training for non-native speakers and various workshops.