When Ghanim met Dr. Theodore …a big message from a small selfie


Doha – 12-year-old Ghanim Mohammed Almuftah has grown as a beacon of hope for physically disabled persons with 630,000 followers on Instagram. With over 630,000 followers on Instagram, this 12-year-old is already rubbing shoulders with the powers that be. Meet Ghanim Mohammed Almuftah, the little beacon of hope for physically disabled persons, who took a selfie with Dr. Theodore Theodoropoulos yesterday at the Gala event organized by Qatar Financial Center. Ghanim Mohamed al-Muftah, the Qatari boy who has become a beacon of hope for physically-challenged children, and the world’s fastest mono skier Tyler J Walker, an American, share a strong bond. In addition, Ghamin became the youngest Qatari entrepreneur, establishing his own company with the support of his family.

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Dr. Theodore with Ghanim

Ghanim, who was born with Caudal Regression Syndrome (CRS), a rare genetic condition, won an award at the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit under the youth category. Ghanim won the award for being extremely popular on the photo sharing Web and mobile app, Instagram. His Instagram account ‘G_ALMUFTAH’, launched in February 2013, has over 630,000 followers. After the success and number of followers on his Instagram account, Ghanim and his family launched the Ghanim Almuftah Foundation for peace and prosperity. The foundation encourages physically disabled people to integrate with mainstream society.

“With the instant popularity of the Insta page, more than 300 disabled people in Qatar came out with their own Instagram accounts spreading the message of peace and happiness,” said Ghanim’s twin brother Ahmed Al Muftah. Ghanim’s account contains pictures and videos of himself, his family members, and his friends doing everyday activities he is passionate about. The account is managed by Ghanim, Ahmed, and his manager. Khaleej Times caught up with Ghanim and Ahmed after the award ceremony. A student of Doha Academy, Ghanim is now in Grade 7 and he is really happy and excited about winning the award. He said: “I am like any 12-year-old. I love sports and I never miss a day to school. Every Thursday and Friday my parents give me access to Instagram. I upload pictures of what I’ve been doing throughout the week. My family helps me out.” Ghanim met His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, last Tuesday.


 HH Shaikh Mohammed with Ghanim

He added: “I want to give a message to disabled people. They need to know that they are not alone and they need to stop being shy. I want to narrate my story to people and let society know that disabled people too have a voice.” Tweeting a pic of Ghanim from his handle @HHShkMohd, Shaikh Mohammed said: “Communication created civilisations and new forms of communication will allow for bigger leaps for humanity.”

Sources: Qatar News Agency, Khaleej Times

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