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Catch the yoga wave set to sweep Dubai

Catch the yoga wave set to sweep Dubai

5,000 yoga enthusiasts to form Dubai Wave on International Yoga Day celebrations on Sunday.

By Sajila Saseendran/senior Reporter

Published: Sat 20 Jun 2015, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Anurag Bhushan, along with consulate officials, addressing a Press conference on the Yoga day celebrations at Al Wasl Club on Thursday.   —  Photo Rahul Gajjar

Dubai—Some 5,000 yoga enthusiasts will form a mass yoga wave to kick-start the International Yoga Day (IYD) celebrations in Dubai on Sunday.

Named the Dubai Wave, the session will be the highlight of the event organised by the Indian Consulate in Dubai.

As per the United Nations’ declaration last year, the IYD falls on June 21, the longest day of the year.

Dubai government observed the day with a yoga session at the Zabeel Park nine days prior to it in view of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

The event on the actual day at the Al Wasl Sports Club will be held from 8pm to 11pm, considering the very reason.

Addressing a Press conference on Thursday, the Consul-General of India in Dubai and Northern Emirates Anurag Bhushan said some 12,000 people of 16 nationalities have registered with the website www.iyd.ae

Rahul Srivastava, consul (visa and culture), said about 8,000 people can be expected to be on the ground at the peak time of the event. The first 5,000 people to reach the ground by 7.30pm will be chosen for the hour-long spectacle of the Dubai Wave at a special enclosure.

Five time World Amateur Boxing Champion and Indian Olympic medallist boxer M.C. Mary Kom and Major-General Nasser Al Sayed Abdualrazak Al Razooqi, the president of the UAE Karate and Taekwondo Federation and member of the UAE National Olympic Committee, will support the initiative as chief guests.

 “We have arranged water, yoga mats, towels and some snacks…. Participants are welcome to bring in their own water and mats also,” said Bhushan.

Arrangements have also been made for Muslim believers to offer prayers at the venue.

Some 177 nations had co-sponsored the UN General Assembly’s resolution to declare June 21 as International Day of Yoga following a proposal from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Officials noted that the UAE was the second country after India to support the proposal.

In reply to a question by Khaleej Times, Bhushan praised the support of the UAE authorities for the event and said there has been no complaint against the event unlike in India. Indian media had reported that the government was forced to drop Surya Namskara, a sun-worshiping asana, from the event at Indian schools and invited Muslims to chant “Allah” instead of “Om” following protests from some Muslim groups.

“We have taken into consideration all the reservations certain people may have and have adopted simple yoga positions to avoid controversies. It is purely a volunteer act and anybody can perform or watch these asanas as per their will,” he said.

Shuttle buses will be plying from Al Jadaf Metro Station to the venue. There will be separate enclosures for women and children to perform yoga. Yoga and meditation masters will demonstrate different yoga methods with the support of 500 volunteers.

Abu Dhabi

The Embassy of India will also be celebrating the first IYD at Abu Dhabi Indian School, from 8.30pm to 10pm. Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the UAE, will be the chief guest.


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