This year on April 1st, the city of Dubai hosted an Autism Awareness Festival. In Dubai, April is an autism awareness month. The event was graced by rappers Tyga and Flo Rida both from the United States of America. The Autism Rock festival is meant to raise funds for research and autism awareness.
Sanjay Shah Denmark and Usha, a couple based in Dubai founded the Autism Rocks festival. The couple has an autistic child; Nikhil. The family wanted to support research on autism condition. Inspired by rapper Snoop Dogg, Sanjay Shah started this awareness festival back in 2014. They couple has persuaded world superstars like Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Drake and Michael Buble to support this worthy cause. The organization has been able to obtain more than $600,000 by holding search concerts in Dubai and London.
Apart from live performances, they feature other activities like crazy golf, laser tag, zip line, horse rides, bouncy castle, face painting, barbecues, petting zoo, and rodeo bull.
About Sanjay Shah
Sanjay Shah is a British philanthropist entrepreneur. He is the proud founder of Solo Capital Markets.
Sanjay was born in Kenya. In the 60s, his parents left Kenya for Marylebone, Central London. Shah attended the King’s College and graduated with a degree in Medicine. However, after leaving college, Shah did not practice medicine. He opted for a career in the accounting niche. Shah began working for Merrill Lynch, an investment banking institution. He has also worked for other financial institutions like the Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, the Dutch Rabo bank, and the ING. He headed the trading sectors of these firms. During this time Sanjay Shah received a Who’s Who honor in investment banking.
In 2009, Shah founded the Solo Capital Markets. Five years down the line, he was worth $280 million. His company had opened branches in London and Dubai. Sanjay left his active seat in his firm to concentrate on charity activities. He organizes the yearly festival to boost awareness and raise monetary funds to support research on autism. He has also partnered with the Done Events to help him in this cause.
Before finding out about his son’s autism condition, Shah had sponsored several from India for more than ten years.