Non-governmental organisation SmartLife has begun the third year of their Dubai-based talent show Smart Idol.
Smart Idol will see more than 1,500 labourers from 15 different labour camps in Dubai take part in a nine-month tournament that will see them flaunting their singing and dancing abilities.
A jury will select 15 winners, who will then be trained and mentored by industry professionals to hone their talents.
Winners will become members of SmartBand, a group which performs at corporate events.
“Smart Idol affords our hard-working labourers a healthy break from work and gives them an opportunity to exhibit their talents and thereby enhance their own self-esteem,” Indrani Dasgupta, project lead of Smart Idol said.
The competition finals will be held on Friday May 19 at the Sheikh Rashid auditorium in Oud Metha.
Check out some of the finalists from the 2015 edition:
Kopila Korki sings ‘Bahut Pyaar Karte Hain’
Aasman Tamang dance performance
This isn’t the first project run by SmartLife targeted towards blue-collar workers
As well as Smart Idol, SmartLife run SmartSapna, which offers scholarships for children of labourers in Dubai and their children back in their home countries.
SmartMedic offers periodic health check-ups and wellness activities for workers, and SmartCup serves as a cricket tournament where blue and white collar workers come together to win a trophy.
These are just a few of their projects. To read more, check out SmartLife’s website.