Night Village comes to life

DUBAI - The Night Village, a month-long feature of Ramadan in Dubai every year, was inaugurated yesterday evening by Obaid Salem Al Shamsi, Assistant Director-General for Administrative Affairs and General Services of Dubai Municipality, at the civic body's Staff Club at Al Garhoud.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 22 Oct 2003, 12:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:40 PM

The Night Village features a number of stalls set up by the private sector, the non-governmental organisations and various government bodies. Dubai Police, Emirates Thalassaemia Society and the Dubai Club for the Handicapped have also set up their pavilions at the Village.

The Village has a food court with traditional settings and a variety of cuisines on offer, while an exhibition tent displays locally-used herbs and spices, and artworks, including paintings, photographs and sculpture, showcasing the rich culture and heritage of the UAE.

Welcoming the visitors to the inaugural ceremony of the Night Village, Mr Al Shamsi said that the event would help in attracting people to the venue, thereby encouraging the activities of the Staff Club. He congratulated the Women's Action Group, women employees of the municipality, for their active participation and for their role in inviting old people to the ceremony.

"This is a noble activity in a blessed month," Mr Al Shamsi said of the Night Village. Among the various activities staged at the Village was a traditional dance performance by students of the Imam Abu Hanifa School, and the re-enactment of the local marriage ceremony by a group of students. The Dubai Police Band, which marched through the Village after the theatre performances, provided a musical backdrop to the event, while Mr Al Shamsi presented several elderly people with mementos.

The highlight of the evening, however, was a show of fireworks.

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