Mediaquest, the media and data analytics conglomerate which hosts major regional events including the “MENA Effie Awards” and “TOP CEO Conference and Awards”, has concluded the UAE’s second “Parent & Child Wellbeing Conference” in partnership with Baby Arabia and Makooky World.
The event took place on Saturday, March 23, at Kings’ School Al Barsha, Dubai, where all those in attendance discussed important issues and concerns related to the event's theme of ‘Mind and Body’. Supporting the conference this year was the introduction of a community market with more than 20 local businesses exhibiting and offering activities related to wellbeing and family wellness.
"The second edition of the Parent and Child Wellbeing Conference was a resounding success. We were very pleased by the turnout and the active interactions between hundreds of parents and the top child experts in the region. The conference addressed children's wellness, be it "mind" or "body", from different perspectives. The workshop on 'Cyber Bullying', for instance, was very informative and forward-looking. It brought to light important concerns that the current and future generations of children are likely to face. The community market featuring businesses in nutrition, wellness, and edutainment also added excellent resources and brought novel experiences to the conference. Mediaquest is proud to have collaborated with Baby Arabia and Makooky World on this wonderful venture," said Alexandre Hawari, Co-CEO of Mediaquest.
The opening session was on Practical Parenting: Tools for “Positive Parenting”, moderated by Joanne Jewell and panelists Tanya Fakhoury, Anisa Alsharif, Dr. Elena Andrioti, and Dr. Rouba Abdennour.
This was followed by a session on Nutrition: “You Are What You Absorb,” moderated by Lulwa Alarmali from Kuwait. The panelists discussed the ‘gut story’ and how this greatly impacts a child’s development. Panelists included nutritionist Bernadette Abraham, Dr. Shefali Verma and Rana Jizi Mirza, founder of Beyond The Kale.
There were further panel discussions on ‘Building Resilience – Understanding Children and Teen’s Mental Health’ with experts Dr. Thoraiya Kanafani, Dr. Nayla Daou, Joanne Jewell and Natalia Gomez Carlier. The final panel session looked at ‘Hidden Toxins Around Us and Practical Nutrition Tips’ with oral health practitioner Dr. Rafif Tayara, Dina Assaad and Dr. Rania Ayat Hawayek.
The day concluded with a workshop by Barry Lee Cummings on ‘Cyber Bullying’, which is a regular feature on the Dubai schools calendar and educates parents on how to deal with cyberbullying.
“I truly believe that ‘knowledge is power’ and it is through events such as ‘The Parent & Child Wellbeing Conference’ that we are given opportunities to educate, and raise the public’s level of health awareness, with hopes of creating a positive effect across the region,” said Bernadette Abraham, Wellness Coach, and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at "B By Bernadette".
The event was supported by key sponsors including Dyson as the Gold Sponsor, Lego as the Silver Sponsor, Babyshop and Lacnor as the Bronze Sponsors, Kidzapp as the Strategic Partner, Boomerang and Cartoon Network as the Playtime Partners, Cloudhoods, Malaak, and Go Organic as the Event Partners and Haya as the Media Partner.
“I am thrilled to see the success of our second Parent & Child Wellbeing Conference with the inclusion of our Community Market this year. Our vision is clearly to spread and share this knowledge, educate parents, and develop community inclusion across the region. We are now planning further conferences in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Lebanon later this year,” said Mo Fadlallah, Founder & CEO of Baby Arabia.