Modern Day Visionary – Sam Boraie

When Omar Boraie began to envision the development of New Brunswick, it was 1972 and not safe to walk the downtown streets at night. He looked at the barren environment as if it were a blank page and slowly and surely began to draw the city he knew he could create.

Fast forward to the present, New Brunswick is now a thriving city with luxurious modern high rise buildings for needed residential and office space, a hotel and three theatres in the downtown area. These are just some of projects Boraie dreamed about and actually turned into a reality with his Urban Development Company, Boraie Development LLC.

He was an Egyptian chemistry student when he first visited New Brunswick and saw the potential for rebuilding a city in decline after European models he had seen. That good hearted and intelligent young man, came back to live and put his dreams into action so very well that he has literally created a prosperous company that serves the city he loves, and also includes his grown children as Vice Presidents and vital associates.

His accomplishments allow him to donate generously of his time and money. He is on the Advisory Board of Elijah’s Promise which began as a soup kitchen in 1989 and is now a multi faceted community organization including Promise Culinary School, a professional chef training and job placement center with a catering service that acts as the training ground for students and also produces the meals for New Brunswick Meals on Wheels providing nourishing meals for the homebound and elderly. Recently a pay as you can café was added based on the model devised by Denise Cerrata, “One World Everyone Eats” .

Sam Boraie is also on the Board of Trustees for the historical State Theatre in New Brunswick originally built in 1929 and recently renovated with care and accuracy and is now a venue for all sorts of entertainment from Jay Leno to the Bolshoi Theatre and has added an HD Film screen to show cultural events from around the world.

And one can be sure there is more to come. At 73, Omar Boraie is not resting on his laurels. Having just completed The Aspire, a residential deluxe high rise in the center of the city, replete with all modern conveniences and additional features like a fitness center and park area to walk with or without ones dog, one can be sure Boraie’s obvious energy and vision is sure to continue planning, building and doing philanthropic works in the future.

Autism Rocks Holds a Fun-Filled Event to Raise Funds for Research and Awareness on Autism

An article published by Xpress on March 30, 2016 revealed plans by Autism Rocks to host a fun-filled festival later on April 1 just before the beginning of the Dubai Autism Awareness month. In a bid to attract large crowds and get the youth involved, the foundation banked on the performance of top global artists such as Tyga and Flo Rida.

Further, the festival was set to host other activities for families in attendance such as rodeo bull, crazy golf, live music, petting zoo, bouncy castle, face painting, horse rides, inflated rides as well as barbecue. Consistent with Autism Rocks’ tradition to host top DJs for its concerts, DJ Fever and BFG were named as the official DJs of the event, which also included 117 Live as an official partner.

Autism Rocks was established in a bid to transform the manner in which autistic individuals are seen or treated in society. Usha told Xpress that she and her husband, Sanjay, wanted to make an effort for other autistic individuals like their son, Nikhil.

Who is Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah is widely known in various spheres for his business acumen and philanthropic efforts. He was raised in Central London, specifically in the Marylebone neighborhood. Shah changed his career path from a doctor to an accountant after realizing he had no interest in pursuing a medical career. Consequently, after studying accounting, he went ahead to work for various top financial institutions such as Dutch bank Rabobank, ING, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley as well as Merrill Lynch. The financial crisis of 2009 triggered a significant change in Shah’s life, as he opted to establish his brokerage business through the help of several graduates who he hired to work in a small rented office.

Shah has created a business empire for himself by operating and running a myriad of companies situated in Dubai, London, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Luxembourg as well as Malta. He is highly credited for his philanthropic role in promoting awareness regarding autism through his Autism Rocks foundation. The Foundation has been in a position to raise millions of funds for autism research work by holding concerts, which are graced by top celebrities in the music industry such as Michael Buble, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, as well as renowned Deejays.


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