At Destinations, we believe that it is the responsibility of us Pakistanis to take the reins of our heritage, culture and history. It is our duty to protect it, to conserve what our ancestors have given us – a land rich in tradition, craftsmanship, architecture, prose and poetry. Destinations aims to be actively involved in the protection and promotion of our heritage, and our partnership with the Walled City of Lahore Authority, spearheaded by the visionary Kamran Lashari, is the culmination of that ideology.
Destinations aims to support education and nurture young minds who will be the guardians of our tomorrow. Afkar-e-Taza, The ThinkFest, a first of its kind academic festival in Lahore, gave us the opportunity to further these two important objectives – supporting heritage and promoting discourse and the exchange of dialogue. We need to have more events like these in the country that will educate the youth of our nation. To reconnect with the current and the old. To understand where the world is heading and where it all began.
To kick-off #ThinkFest, Destinations established another first in the historic city of Lahore – inaugurating the newly restored forecourt of Masjid Wazir Khan with a qawwali night. This was the first time the venue was used for an evening like this after the restoration. Distinguished speakers, foreign dignitaries, local panelists participating in the Afkar-e-Taza along with select members of the fashion and entertainment industries attended the evening, which featured qawwali by world-renowned qawwals from Faisalabad, Rizwan and Moazzam Ali Khan, nephews of the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
This month’s cover story is about the young dynamic CEO of Shaheen Air, Ehsan Sehbai. As one of the youngest CEOs of an airline, Sehbai has proved to be a game-changer in the aviation industry, turning the once-fledging company into the country’s largest private sector airline. A business force to reckon with, at the heart of it all, he’s a firm believer in Pakistan, the spectrum of opportunities and other-worldly charms that it offers.
Adventurer and environmentalist Nuzhat Saadia Siddiqi takes an excursion to Pakistan’s coastline along the Arabian Sea and she narrates a tale about a world of marine flora and fauna, fish and mammals just waiting to be discovered. For those who are brave of spirit and want to experience the biodiversity for themselves, we have also included a step-by-step to deep sea diving by journalist Madeeha Syed. If you manage to take the plunge, don’t forget to write to us