Babies tug at heartstrings

DUBAI - Babies of the UAE, an attempt at breaking the world record for the largest display of multinational baby photos is tugging at the heartstrings of parents all over the UAE.

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Published: Tue 3 Feb 2004, 11:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:36 PM

Nannette and Jonathan Essick, an American couple residing in Dubai, were so excited about the event that they sent in an ultrasound picture of their unborn baby.

"Our baby will be a baby of the UAE soon and we wanted to be a part of this great multicultural event that shows the unity of everyone to come together to break the world record," said Nannette, who sent in the picture despite knowing that it may not even be included in the display. "We're overwhelmed with the sheer number of parents that have come forward to participate, and we're touched by Nanette and Jonathan's enthusiasm," said Biju Jayaraj, CEO, Artaaj Events.

The event has been gathering momentum with thousands of baby pictures pouring in from all parts of the country. Parents, who have missed the deadline of January 27 for sending in their entries to the Babies of the UAE event, need not despair. The deadline has been extended till tomorrow.

According to the latest count, pictures of babies of 44 different nationalities have been received. The UAE, having a cosmopolitan population, has residents from over 100 countries. The organisers hope that by the time the event comes to the conclusion the number of registered nationalities will reflect this diversity.

The countries represented in `Babies of the UAE' include Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Yugoslavia.

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