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UAE National Day celebrations move into top gear

posted on 26/11/2012: 5140 views



Students of the Emirates College for Educational Development in the capital stood resplendent in a pattern depicting the UAE national flag to mark the school's celebrations of the country's 41st National Day on Sunday.

Celebrating the UAE's diversity in the spirit of the National Day, three Dubai-based malls — Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre — are welcoming residents and tourists with the "Many Faces, One Nation” campaign — a fun, interactive event that gives all visitors the opportunity to share their love of the UAE.

Additionally, until Dec.2, each of the malls will be hosting a variety of exciting cultural and educational activities promising fun and festivity for the entire family.

Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre's "Many Faces, One Nation” campaign gifts visitors with a keepsake souvenir of 41st UAE National Day celebrations. Until Dec.2, digital photo booths will be set up at each mall for guests to pose, and express their love for the UAE. All photo greetings will be shared on the three malls' Facebook pages to spread messages of national pride to all audiences and are also available for download as a memento.

Participants will also have the chance to win one of two shopping sprees worth Dh15,000 in GiftCards valid at Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre with every snapshot. Spreading national cheer, the malls will also be handing out UAE flags or traditional giveaways to visitors and offering kids face-painting over National Day weekend.

Art gallery

From Nov.29-Dec.3, Mall of the Emirates in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development will be hosting a first-of-its kind Art Gallery sponsored by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and the office of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Featuring an assortment of works from prominent artists in the region, the exhibition will also reveal exclusive images of the UAE and of Sheikh Khalifa and the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former President of the UAE and founding father.

The Art Gallery will also welcome appearances by UAE celebrities who have all contributed to the evolution of the nation's thriving arts and culture landscape, including actors, poets, writers and VIP representatives from the government.

Maze walkthrough

Mirdif City Centre will also feature an exclusive event in partnership with Dubai Customs from Nov.29-Dec.2.

Presented as a large display offering a variety of activities and cultural experiences, the showcase attraction is the "Maze”, a heart-shaped walk-through adventure incorporating the Spirit of the Union theme with touchscreen games at every turn and the chance to win prizes upon completion.

Other activities include a "Joy of the Union” photo station which allows visitors to select their own UAE-themed background, a Heritage and Children's area where families can participate in both traditional and modern arts and crafts such as weaving, puppet making, mask and origami making, painting and more.

Adding a musical touch to the festivities, Mirdif City Centre will also host performances by local drumming and folklore band Yoola.

On Dec.2, guests are in for a special treat with a 5pm flash mob performance celebrating the Spirit of the Union, National Anthem playing at 7pm to welcome the Dubai Government, and to be closed with an energetic march by the Dubai Customs inspectors before a surprise grand finale event.

Kids' workshop

Deira City Centre will feature a Kids Activity Workshop on the Centre Stage from Nov.28-Dec.2, where parents and children can spend the day creating all sorts of UAE National Day arts and crafts.

A complimentary event, the Kids Activity Station will promote creativity amongst kids and educate them on the importance of the UAE National Day through fun and educational activities. The mall's popular Love Art initiative, which aims to promote local talent within the community, will feature a special photo exhibition celebrating the UAE's heritage by the Emirates Photography Society and will be hosted in the Bridge Gallery by the Metro Link.

Combining history with modern elements, and culture with fun activities, the three malls will create a festive atmosphere for residents and visitors looking to soak in the spirit of the Union on the occasion of 41st UAE National Day. – The Gulf Today

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