Dubai has more surprises in store this summer

DUBAI - With the unveiling the 10-week long calendar of events of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2003, the organising committee is all set to make the six-year-old summer event a huge success.


Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Fri 23 May 2003, 12:21 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:08 PM

Addressing a Press conference at the Magic Planet, Deira City Centre, Saeed Al Mohammed Nabouda, CEO of DSS, said that during DSS 2003, to be organised from June 19 to August 29, several innovative and creative activities were being showcased for the first time, as part of the five new theme weeks that have been included in this year's event.

"Since its inception six years ago, the event has become a trademark for summers in Dubai," said Mr Al Nabouda. He also lauded the government departments for their determined efforts in making DSS a success.

The 10 weeks - full of knowledge and entertainment - were introduced to the attendees by children dressed up according to the particular week's theme.

The DSS will be launched with Flower Surprises, from June 19-25, by Dubai Municipality and Modhesh - the popular DSS mascot - will offer children new events like flower painting workshops, flower carnival and flower fashion show for kids.

The latest addition to the DSS, Cartoon Surprises, will bring to life cartoon characters that children are already familiar with through television and books. This theme week is being organised by Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation from June 26-July 2.

Organised by the Department of Health and Medical Services from July 3-9, children can watch events like the Colour Football league Studio and Painting Room under the Colour Surprises.

Another addition to the DSS is the Sweet Surprises, to be organised by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing from July 10-16. This week will teach children the art of cooking delicious treats besides other activities.

For the first time, DSS will allocate one week for the theme of knowledge. This week is being organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority from July 17-23 and will include themes from the world of science, art and literature.

In the fourth week of DSS 2003 (July 24-30), Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation will organise the fun-filled Ice Surprises. The Snow Queen parade and Ice City will be highlights of the week.

The Art Surprises theme week, being organised by the Department of Naturalisation and Residency from July 31-August 6, will entertain all art lovers. A photography and a painting exhibition will be highlight of the week.

DSS once again gives children an opportunity to revisit their heritage with the Heritage Surprises week being organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry from August 7-13.

The Adventure Surprises week, brought with the courtesy of Dubai Police, from August 14, will shatter all myths that DSS is only an indoor event.

Children can bid adieu to the summer vacation with the Back-2-School Surprises week from August 21-29, organised by the Department of Economic Development.

During the DSS, several Arabic lectures and seminars, organised by the Land Department, will discuss the subject of upbringing of children and relationships.

At the end of the conference, the theme song of DSS was launched in the presence of popular Arabic kids band - the Spice babies. Also present were several representatives of the committees from the government departments.

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