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Sharjah unveils details of first ever international conference on refugee children in the region

posted on 02/10/2014

The Organising Committee of 'Investing In the Future: Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents, MENA (IIFMENA) has unveiled the details of the first ever international conference on refugee children issues in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The conference will be organised under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah on 15th and 16th of October, in presence of over 300 international figures including leaders, and top officials concerned with the issues of refugee children in the region and the world.

The conference will be held upon invitation from H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, and in collaboration with Big Heart campaign.

The dignitaries, VIPs and senior officials who will attend the conference includes Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan who will deliver a keynote speech on the opening day; Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Dr. Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, and Lynne Featherstone, DFID minister, UK.

Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of Salam Ya Seghar, who announced the details at a press conference said, "Investing in the Future" conference, which is being held for the first time outside the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, will develop the necessary mechanisms to ensure the protection of refugee children and youth in the Middle East and North Africa region, and provide rights for them, particularly shelter, food, healthcare, psychological rehabilitation and education. In addition, it will ensure that refugee children get the necessary legal documents and access to actively participate in community.

Al Hammadi said that the large number of leaders and government officials, regional and international experts in refugee issues and children protection, will enhance chances of success and facilitate the implementation of the recommendations on regional and international levels, particularly in the presence of influential figures in refugee issues, such as Zainab Bangura, Special Representative UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict; Ahmed Al Hindawi, United Nations Envoy for Youth; and ministers from the U.A.E., GCC countries, and a number of the refugee host countries.

The director of Salam Ya Seghar spoke about the Youth Forum which will be held on the side-lines of the conference: "The Youth Forum aims to spread awareness among youth on the refugee issues in the MENA region, and highlight a number of important initiatives in refugee protection in the region. The forum includes workshops presented by the UNHCR, and other humanitarian organisations, with the aim to educate, engage and encourage youth to positively contribute to community," she said.

Mohammed Abu Asaker, the Public Information and Communications officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee, said, "Investing in the Future conference comes at a critical time, with the increasing number of refugees in the Middle East in the last few years. In the current tragic human conditions, children form more than half the number of refugees in the MENA region. The impact of displacement on children is dire, especially the drop-out school children who are more vulnerable to ignorance and loss".

He added that the relation between the UNHCR and the Big Heart are excellent and the cooperation is extremely productive, initiatives and efforts for refugee children. He added that holding this international conference for the first time outside the UNHCR headquarters is evidence of this vibrant and solid relation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Nahyan approves project for Ovarian cancer research

posted on 02/10/2014

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and President of U.A.E. Genetic Diseases Association, UAEGDA, on Wednesday approved a project for Ovarian cancer research and the project's budget, the second phase of the breast cancer project and the genetic survey for favism, the G6PD deficiency (Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency).

Sheikh Nahyan gave the approvals as he received a delegation from UAEGDA and the executive team of the 5th National Conference on Genetic Diseases, which was held last month in Dubai.

In his remarks at the meeting, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak hailed the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the leadership's support for efforts to advance the healthcare sector and enhance the well-being of people in the U.A.E.

He also commended the outcome of the recent conference which he described a global achievement made by U.A.E. in terms of the quality of researches presented at the event and the wide participation it saw as it brought together some 923 genetic scientists, experts, researchers, international academics, physicians, and representatives of government healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa Medical City adds cryoablation to its electrophysiology service

posted on 02/10/2014

The heart rhythm team of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, SEHA, at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, SKMC, has added a unique technology known as cryoablation to its electrophysiology (EP) service.

Cryoablation can be used for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders through targeted delivery of deep freezing – typically more than 40 degrees below freezing point – to areas in the heart that cause cardiac arrhythmias.

Recently, the SEHA EP team at SKMC used cryoablation to cure a young Emirati patient from an arrhythmia that has caused his heart to weaken. The young patient had an arrhythmia originating from an area very close to his main heart conduction system, and radiofrequency was too dangerous to use. The availability of cryoablation technology at SKMC offered him an opportunity for cure.

The heart has a specialised internal electrical system that controls the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat, and cardiac EP is a subspecialty within cardiology that focuses on heart rhythm conditions – including conditions that affect the speed as well as the regularity of its beats.

Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is used when medications fail to treat heart rhythm disorders including atrial fibrillation, a condition that typically causes fast and irregular heartbeats. Traditionally, catheter ablation uses radiofrequency energy to apply heat to cardiac tissue that causes arrhythmias. Cryoablation offers a novel alternative to radiofrequency that is more efficient and in some cases safer than radiofrequency ablation.

"Cryoablation is considered safe because it has a low risk of complications. It has been used to treat thousands of patients worldwide, and allows physicians to reach and treat the affected tissue quickly and efficiently," said Dr. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Chair of Cardiac Sciences at SKMC and consultant electrophysiologist.

"In combination with a complete programme of treatment, cryoablation can improve quality of life and eliminate or reduce the unpleasant symptoms of atrial fibrillation like shortness of breath, fatigue, or weakness, which if left untreated can worsen over time," Dr. Alsheikh-Ali added, who is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

"Cryoablation can also be used when the area causing arrhythmias within the heart is close to critical parts of the normal conduction system of the heart. Using radiofrequency energy in such instances can cause collateral damage to the normal electrical system and result in complications," added Dr. Omer Elhag, Head of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and Consultant Electrophysiologist at SKMC, and Member of the Royal College of Physicians.

The SEHA heart rhythm team at SKMC offers a comprehensive EP service in U.A.E. The unique service is led by specialist Emirati electrophysiologists who understand the needs and requirements of the local population within Abu Dhabi. As many as 40% of the EP service's patients are local, reflecting the confidence that the facility holds within the community.

SKMC, managed by Cleveland Clinic, is part of the SEHA Health System and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Sheikha Fatima honours employees of Corniche Hospital on its 30th anniversary

posted on 02/10/2014

"Since the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, the provision of high quality healthcare for mothers and children has been among the top priorities of our Government," the Mother of the Nation, H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said yesterday.

In a speech delivered on her behalf by Reem Al Falasi at a function to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the new facilities of the Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi, H.H. Sheikha Fatima told hospital staff, " Our continuing efforts to build a developed, safe and secure society depend on the health of our present and future generations. That, in turn, depends on the health of our new mothers and our new children. We are confident that they are safe in your hands." The full text of the speech follows: "It is with great pleasure that I offer my congratulations to the Corniche Hospital, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the opening of this magnificent part of the healthcare services offered to citizens and other residents of Abu Dhabi.

"In the three decades since it opened – and indeed, for the several years before that when the Hospital operated in more modest accommodation - the Corniche Hospital has been at the very centre of childcare and maternity care in Abu Dhabi. Many thousands of mothers have benefited from the services the hospital has provided, and thousands of new mothers were themselves born here. The hospital and its dedicated staff have contributed much not just to one, but to two generations of mothers and children. We are grateful for all that you have done.

"Since the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, the provision of high quality healthcare for mothers and children has been among the top priorities of our Government. Launched by the late Sheikh Zayed – may God rest his soul – it continues to be a top priority today, under the guidance of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, and with the follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

"One of the first fruits of that policy, over 35 years ago, was the foundation of the Corniche Hospital. Since it was established, all of you here today, and your predecessors, have devoted yourselves to delivering that high quality health care – ante-natal, natal, post-natal and paediatric. Without your efforts, we could not have achieved the high standards of healthcare for mothers and children that we now enjoy. That is reflected in the U.A.E.'s low figures for death in childbirth and for infant mortality, where our record is now amongst the best in the world.

"On behalf of the U.A.E.'s mothers and children, I thank you all. I extend to you again my congratulations on all that you have achieved, and express to you all my best wishes for the years ahead. Our continuing efforts to build a developed, safe and secure society depend on the health of our present and future generations. That, in turn, depends on the health of our new mothers and our new children. We are confident that they are safe in your hands." The celebration was held at the Hospital in the presence of Prof. Maha Barakat, Director-General of the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Dr. Matar Rashed Al Darmaki, SEHA Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Linda Clark, CEO Corniche Hospital, along with many guests and valued staff members.

In her turn, Reem Al Falasi congratulated the medical personnel and staff of Corniche Hospital for their remarkable efforts in looking after and caring for mothers and children. She also distributed certificates of appreciation to staff who have been working at the Hospital since its foundation.

The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood (SCMC) is an independent governmental organisation that facilitates the optimal development and protection of mothers and children in the United Arab Emirates.

The Council reports directly to the President, and it was established by Federal Law No. 01 of 2003, during the reign of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and is chaired by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

The Council is considered the umbrella of motherhood and childhood sectors in the United Arab Emirates, where it acts within a National Childhood and Motherhood Strategy aimed at ensuring a conducive environment for the fulfilment of the rights of all children and adolescents and achieving the welfare of mothers. The National Childhood and Motherhood Strategy serves as a reference point for decision makers in all sectors working in the field of childhood in the United Arab Emirates. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ATF plans to use robot to befriend autistic children

posted on 02/10/2014

To increase autism awareness in the U.A.E., the Autism Trust Foundation (ATF) Dubai has invested in a robot named Noah, specially designed to help in treating the children with autism, to enter their world and communicate with them to help them socialise.

Announcing its new brand and upcoming awareness programmes, the ATF yesterday presented a short movie featuring autistic children and adults holding up placards bearing texts like, ‘I may not talk but I understand', ‘Loud noises can make me anxious', ‘I can tell you every fact about Elvis Presley,' ‘I need understanding'.

"We have agreed on buying the robot," Deputy Chairman of the ATF, Fahed Al Sheikh, told Khaleej Times, adding, "The robot has been approved but we are waiting for development of the software. The programming needs testing, so we're waiting and it should arrive in Dubai in three to four months." The other revelation was the discount card, ‘ATF Unity Card', for children diagnosed with autism from around the world to submit their paintings for a chance to win prizes.

The card is also for those pursuing autism-related vocational courses from leading universities in the U.A.E. to have their tuition fees paid by the foundation. These ATF Unity Cards will be sold to individuals and corporates. The cards cost Dh300, and will enable discounts at outlets participating in a programme called ‘Live and Play In My World'.

The ATF doesn't operate on donations, it's all funded by the Al Sheikh family. "We don't have an issue raising funds, we have an issue raising awareness," he told the media.

The ATF Dubai centre in Silicon Oasis has 32 children with autism. They don't charge any fees and unlike some other institutions that are not equipped to deal with older children and adults with autism, at the ATF, there is no cap on the age or the severity of the autism case.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a range of complex neuro-development disorders, characterised by social impairments, communication difficulties, or restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviour. Autism disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


New radar to catch speeding watercraft near Dubai coast

posted on 02/10/2014

New hand-held radar guns will now be used to catch speeding watercraft, such as jet skis and boats, near the Dubai coastline.

The new speed limits, ranging from 5-7 knots depending on the location, will not apply to vessels navigating deeper Gulf waters offshore, said Dubai based English language daily, Gulf News, in an article yesterday.

Dubai Police and Dubai Maritime City Authority, DMCA, announced the new radar initiative and launched an awareness campaign urging marine vessels to abide by designated speed limits across Dubai waters in a joint press conference on Tuesday.

Navigating at a speed exceeding the maximum allowed in designated areas risks a fine of Dh 2,000, according to the law. This includes jet skis, speedboats, yachts, or any sea vessel.

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief, said that enforcing the new speed limits will significantly cut down on the number of accidents caused by speeding watercraft in areas close to the beach.

"The speed limit will ensure the safety of the public who are enjoying Dubai's beaches or any establishments near the beach, as those accidents can cause loss of lives and damage to public property." Major General Al Mazeina explained.

In 2014, there were 56 accidents involving watercraft, Dubai Police Statistics showed.

He said the radar gun has been used in trials and caught 200 speeding watercraft, adding that recently they had received multiple complaints from beach goers about jet-ski users who drive close to the beach in a dangerous manner, Maritime police patrols will also be intensified to enforce the new speed limit.

The maximum speed limit is determined based on operating conditions and local safety measures, and the speed is measured in knots.

Al Mazeina said that a speed limit of five knots is to be set in the ports of Dubai, while a speed limit of seven knots should be abided by within Dubai Creek and Al Mamzar.

In the case of craft coming within 300 metres of the beach area, which should only be done in the case of an emergency, a speed limit of seven knots is to be abided by.

A speed of seven knots should also be observed when passing within 50 metres of any boat moorage, diving platform, loading dock, ship moorage or when passing through an anchorage area of small marine vessels.

Al Mazeina, commended the DMCA's vital role in introducing several maritime safety initiatives which have had a positive impact on the image of Dubai's maritime sector.

Dubai Police recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DMCA to improve shore security by conducting daily night and day patrols to ensure seamless operation of marine vessel anchorages.

Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority, said that determining speed limits across Dubai waters complements DMCA's ongoing efforts to implement the highest standards of maritime safety and operational management in line with the best practices and in compliance with local and international decisions.

He added that the speed limits do not apply to the open sea. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


MBRF starts ’Writer Exchange’ between U.A.E. and Japan

posted on 02/10/2014

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan Arts and Culture Foundation to activate the first partnership under the Writer Exchange category of MBRF's Dubai International Program for Writing. The program is aimed at empowering young authors and providing them a suitable environment to develop their talent.

The agreement was signed in the Japanese capital Tokyo in the presence of Ali Saeed Al Nowais, U.A.E. Ambassador to Japan, Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, Yasunobu Terada, Chairman, Japan Arts and Culture Foundation, and Shintaro Ishihara, Supreme Advisor, Japan Arts and Culture Foundation.

Under the Writer Exchange category, MBRF will tie up with literary and knowledge entities world-wide to enable writers from the U.A.E. and other countries to gain deeper understanding about each other's cultures and express their experiences through their works.

As part of the exchange program with Japan Arts and Culture Foundation, writers from the U.A.E. and Japan will stay for a while in each other's countries, where they will get opportunities to exchange ideas based on their respective cultures, and introduce their works. Writers will be chosen separately by a committee from their own country.

The cooperation will lead to the publication books in Arabic and Japanese, which will emphasise the concepts of mutual learning, mutual cooperation and oneness of humanity.

"This agreement is further confirmation of MBRF`s commitment to implement the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to strengthen the process of knowledge transfer and empower young Arab talents to develop their skills in order to enhance the contribution of Arab literature and creativity to the literary world," said Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Al Qasba gears up to celebrate Eid Al Adha with fun activities

posted on 02/10/2014

Al Qasba, Sharjah's popular family and tourist spot, is set to once again be playground for all ages, with a very special line-up of international entertainment planned this Eid Al Adha from 4th - 6th October.

The celebrations at Al Qasba will begin with a spectacular fireworks display at 10:00 am that will add a wonderful array of colours and striking patterns to the Eid night sky.

Sultan Mohammed Shattaf, Al Qasba Destination Manager, said: "Al Qasba is committed to sharing joy of festivities and happy occasions throughout the year with its visitors, by organising a line-up of activities for the whole family.

During the Eid Al Adha holiday, we are eager to offer various activities this year, some of which combine learning with fun. We will, also, present the premiere of ‘Men in Coasts' in our region, after the tremendous success in its world tour. We hope that Al Qasba visitors will enjoy activities of Eid Al Adha, which will increase their joy in Eid".

Al Qasba boasts a range of state-of-the-art facilities and tourist attractions including, among others, various restaurants and cafes, the 250-seat Masrah Al Qasba-Theatre, Multaqa Al Qasba-Conference and Meeting Halls, Al Qasba Business Centre, Kids Fun Zone, Al Qasba Musical Fountain, Eye of the Emirates Wheel, and the Maraya Art Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Green revolution at Abu Dhabi schools

posted on 02/10/2014

Abu Dhabi Schools in the capital are taking steps to conserve water and electricity thanks to a government initiative.

The Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI) programme, initiated by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) which encourages students to preserve the environment, is already yielding tangible results.

The Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) alone saves 49,000 litres of water daily.

"As part of the SSI, we had to take concrete steps to reduce our water and energy consumption. We decided to install a low-cost gadget called Super Flow in flush tanks which helps save 10,000 litres of water everyday. We have also adjusted the valve inside the tanks to control the volume of water being used. This helped save an additional 39,000 litres of water a day,” said Karan Singh, headmaster for senior boys at the Abu Dhabi Indian School.

"We plan to switch to LED lights which will further reduce energy consumption,” he added.

At Al Bashair School in Mussaffah plastic usage has dropped by 92 per cent in just one year. "Earlier, we used 1,000 plastic cups a day. But not anymore,” said school teacher Shwikar Al Kaff.

As many as 131 schools are registered with EAD. "Registration is not mandatory, but seeing its benefits, more are more schools are signing up for our environmental programme,” said Gayatri Raghwa, senior specialist outreach, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD).

Big benefits

Since the launch of the SSI programme five years ago, schools have managed to reduce their per capita waste by 23 per cent and water consumption by 54 per cent.

The Liwa International School in Al Ain has even invested Dh1.2 million for 102 solar panels in their compound. "We undertook this project to meet SSI guidelines. The solar panels generate 28,470 kilowatts of power annually. They power 250 outdoor lights and two water purifiers that recycle grey water,” said Rima Daouk, head of quality assurance and public relations.

"We have planted thousands of plants around the school to help cool the environment and reduce our dependency on air conditioning,” she added.

EAD said a medical recycling initiative by students of Qatr Al Nada school in Madinat Zayed resulted in the safe and convenient disposal of 5,745kg of pharmaceutical waste. "It all started when students from the school's eco-club expressed concerns about the disposal of expired medicines. They can be toxic when thrown into the common waste stream as they can harm the environment, particularly animals who feed on the waste. As part of the SSI commitment, the school approached the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi to extend their outreach in the western region of Abu Dhabi,” said Rasha Ali Al Madfai, manager of environmentally sustainable schools.

Room for medicines

"The students used a room in the school to store unwanted medicines and created small cubicles to separate them according to their chemical composition.”

Students also had a solution for pigeon droppings around the area.

"The school set up pigeon holes on its terrace where the birds would come to feed. Their droppings were used to make fertiliser.”

EAD has encapsulated some of these stories in a book titled AHA Moments which captures the inspirational moments of the schools on their journey towards sustainability. – Gulf News -


U.A.E. bag third medal at Asian Games

posted on 02/10/2014

Incheon, South Korea: The U.A.E. added a third medal through karateka Marwan Al Mazmi in the men's individual kata competition at the Incheon Asian Games on Thursday.

This is the third medal for the U.A.E. following Sheikh Juma bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum's double trap shooting bronze and the gold medal of Aliah Saeed Mohammad in the women's 10,000m on the opening day of track and field competition last Saturday. – Gulf News -


Global Village gears up for November 6 opening

posted on 02/10/2014

The management of Global Village is finalising details for its November 6 opening, including beefing up safety and security and adding new attractions to the theme park.

Senior management at Global Village recently briefed senior government officials in the emirate on the broad range of new developments and initiatives that are set to entice visitors to the largest outdoor family entertainment attraction in November.

Now in its 19th season, the management met representatives from Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the Roads and Transport Authority, and the Department of Economic Development to update them on the progress of the park's latest developments.

They promised a "bigger and better than ever” season this year that will run until April 11, 2015.

Brigadier General Abdullah Ali Abdullah Hassan Gaithi, Director of the General Administration of Security Bodies, Enterprises, and Emergency – Head of Events Security Committee, lauded the new developments that aim to enhance visitor experience, without giving specific details.

"The whole season is gearing up to be a hugely successful six months and we are delighted to be working once again in such close partnership with our colleagues at Global Village,” he said.

Ahmad Hussain, Chief Operating Officer at Global Village, said part of the park's objectives is to partner with government authorities to ensure the success of operations at the park and ensure the safety and security of everyone.

"One of our primary concerns is the safety of the five million visitors we attract every year which is why we work so closely with the Events Security Team to ensure that everything is up to the highest international standards in Global Village.” – Gulf News -

20-day Zayed heritage festival in Abu Dhabi from Nov 20

The fifth edition of the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014 starts on November 20 and will run for 20 days.

Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Advisor to the U.A.E. President, President of the Camel Race Association and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2014, has officially adopted the key elements and activities of the festival. Visitors will be captivated by live interactions and innovative entertainment that brings to life the U.A.E.'s rich heritage.

"This festival is a reflection of our Emirati heritage, and a voyage through time that encompasses our past, present and future. It reminds us all that our nation's prosperity is not a mere coincidence, but built on the strong foundations of past achievements,” said Sheikh Sultan.

From November 20, the festival's fifth edition will enthral visitors for 20 days of non-stop enlightenment with attractions that have been enriched and enhanced year after year. In addition to U.A.E. citizens and residents, this showcase of heritage par excellence is expected to attract visitors from all over the world.

Mohammed Haji Khouri, Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, said, "This festival carries special significance for every person in the U.A.E.. Therefore, we are proud to contribute to its success by buying products from 150 outlets and distributing them for free to visitors at the festival.”

Last year, a large numbers of visitors enjoyed multiple attractions in Al Wathba area. The exhibitions included "Memories of a Nation”, which displayed ancient artefacts and historical treasures dating back to 500 years ago from the desert, oasis, mountains and sea. A fifth element — the city and the state — symbolised the U.A.E.'s modern unity under the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The festival also featured glorious performances to celebrate National Day, including a parade of over 5,000 Emiratis marching to honour the founding father and using their movements to showcase historical scenes. Khaleej Times§ion=nationgeneral