Emirates Youth Ship tour widens horizon

DUBAI - The Emirates Youth Ship set sail for the Arabian Gulf from Ajman Port on August 1 for the third consecutive year as part of the ‘National Project for Summer Activities and Engaging the Youth’.

By Mahmoud Ali

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Published: Mon 9 Aug 2004, 10:03 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:11 PM

It took off on a four-day trip around the ports and the islands of the UAE, hosting about 180 young men, organisers and the media.

The opening ceremony was attended by Shaikh Amar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, who emphasised the importance of this trip and the efforts of the the General Authority for Youth and Sports in helping the youth use their spare time in a proper way.

“We are thankful to all authorities and associations that are supporting this project. The General Authority for Youth and Sports are doing an excellent job in helping the youth of the UAE in using the free time, through lectures, summer camps, exhibitions and trips around the UAE. We fully support the project that was launched by the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and we hope the young men will benefit from the project,” said Shaikh Amar.

The National Theatre Youth Band performed some traditional UAE songs and dances, for the Crown Prince of Ajman.

Some of the young men on board watched TV while others preferred playing some sports like table tennis or baby foot. After the dinner, the young men sat down for a magnificent night of singing and dancing on the beats and melodies of UAE’s traditional songs forming a mood of joy and fun that lasted till early morning.

On the second day, the ship reached Ras Al Khaimah Port where Shaikh Saud bin Sakr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, boarded the ship to congratulate the General Authority for Youth and Sports on their efforts in making sure that the UAE youth are more attached to their cultural and the historical background of their nation.

“We congratulate the youth and everyone who supports this project of Shaikh Zayed,” said Shaikh Saud, who made a tour by the ship and visited the exhibition organised by the Drug Control Committee in the Ministry of Interior. He also attended some traditional music and dancing presented by the National Theatre Youth Band. The Emirates Youth Ship continued its 18-hour sailing trip to Sir Bani Yas Island.

During the day the organisers and the monitoring committee, coordinated with the media relations committed in preparing lectures about the historical background of the UAE, sea creatures and scuba diving, and lectures given by the Dubai Police and Ministry of Interior on drugs. The young men attended the lectures and continued their activities with a tour to check out the ship facilities. After dinner the night programme was ready to heat the night.

In the early afternoon of the third day, the Emirates Youth Ship reached the island of Sir Bani Yas.

The island of Sir Bani Yas, off the coast of Abu Dhabi near Jebel Dhanna is a merger of cone-shaped mountains with a shoreline of mangrove covered sand-banks. Much of the island has been transformed from arid desert into a peaceful haven for a wide range of wildlife. The ship took off for Abu Dhabi Port.

The organisers and the media committee were preparing another night of fun and games for the young men. Plays, games, poetry and music gave the night its charm on the ship. Chief Khaled Saif Al Zaabi accompanied by Lieutenant Adel Rashed, representing Ministry of Interior, Drug Control Committee, presented a souvenir shield for the organisers, as an appreciation for the effort and time spent to organise this important event.

Khaleej Times spoke to some young men on board. Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Marzuqi, representing the Al Ain Scout Commission said: “The organisation began from the second day. The participating committees have worked hard to organise lectures, party and form a mood of competition between the young men. The trip has been completely successful.”

“The project is necessary because, we can use our spare time in something more useful than watching TV or hanging out in the night. We get to meet and get acquainted with other young men from the UAE. Personally, I have benefited a lot from this trip. I have been introduced to new information about our culture, the ocean life, and the difference between diving nowadays and the development of diving through the years,” said the young man.

“I hope next time there would be more time for the organisers to prepare the trip, because the ship lacked many essential things. Next time I would advice to change the ship and get a more equipped and ready ship. I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this trip,” added Mr Marzuqi.

Other young men were more negative towards the organisation, Ibrahim Sultan Al Mamari and Sultan Ali Al Jabiri, representing the Emirates Heritage Club, Al Ain said: “The opening celebration was great, but then things started to go the opposite side. We waited for hours until we were sent to our rooms, we got no air conditioning, and we had to fit four people in one small room. The organising committee had to prepare for the programmes before hand because sometimes we felt really bored. The rooms also lacked basic amenities such as clean bathrooms. Frankly if we were not representing our club we would have left before the ship sailed.”

Both young men expressed fury from the way other young men were selected to represent centres saying, “Some young men have been selected to represent reputed centres. Unfortunately these young men have been causing lots of trouble and they are not worth representing the UAE youth.”

“As part of UAE youth we will be participating in the next trip, and we hope it would be more organised than this one. Finally we would like to thank His Highness Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE for his support,” added the young men.

Khaleej Times also spoke to Abdul Rahman Al Marzuqi, member of the Youth and Sports General Authority Media Committee, who said: “We are intensifying our projects, and the participating young men have increased. Maybe we have to increase our activities more so that it can grasp larger numbers of youth. This year we added the traditional activities to our programme so that we can keep our youth in touch with our ancestors.”

Mr Al Marzuqi said that the youth will learn how to fend for themselves and how to get acquainted with other colleagues. He also said that the Media Committee in the Youth and Sports General Authority, needs more collaboration from the written media to develop the UAE youth projects.

On the last day of the trip, Shaikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology, paid the ship a visit before heading towards the National Theatre in Abu Dhabi, to attend the celebration for the 38th accession day. After the celebrations ended the ship headed to Rashed Port in Dubai. The organisers and the media committee organised a small party for the participants and handed over certificates and gifts.

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