Operetta at DCCI to mark DSS Accession Day events

DUBAI - On the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the accession of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Dubai Summer Surprises has organised a number of special activities at Modhesh Fun City, Dubai Surprises Island, the Dubai Under Snow city and other locations.

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Published: Thu 5 Aug 2004, 9:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:09 PM

Leading the list of events will be a special Accession Day activities at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry Auditorium tomorrow. Here, the Al Liwa Traditional Group will perform from 5pm to 10pm, and a special Flying Air Crafts display will be held from 5pm to 7.30pm. The highlight of the evening, however, will be an operetta written specifically for the occasion of the 38th Accession Day which will be performed from 7 pm to 8.30 pm.

Nuha Safar, Head of the Knowledge Surprises Committee, said "The biggest celebration for Accession Day will be held on the DCCI stage which will host the Operetta."

She said that the Operetta will feature a ten-year-old child as the lead voice, who would express his love and thank Shaikh Zayed for being the force behind the transformation of the country.

The theme for the Operetta, she added, is 'knowledge'. The audience will be educated about the history of knowledge from the Islamic era, and get to know about Arab and Muslim achievers throughout history until the birth of Shaikh Zayed. The Operetta then moves on through the days when His Highness was himself a child and youth and went on to become the ruler of the United Arab Emirates and built the country into a modern and developed country.

This Operetta also mentions the role His Highness played in uniting nations and in forming strong relations with countries belonging to the GCC region. It further mentions how the emirate extended its hands of friendship to countries like Egypt, Africa and Europe and how connections were formed leading to prosperity.

At Modhesh Fun City, DSS celebrations of Accession Day will start at 3 pm on Friday. The city will be decorated with portraits of Shaikh Zayed and the UAE national flag, said Laila Suhail, Projects Director of DSS.

"Accession Day is one of the dearest occasions in the hearts of all UAE nationals and residents, which is why the DSS office creates a special celebration to mark the occasion every year," said Suhail. This year, she continued, the celebrations will feature a number of special events including carnivals, entertainment shows, competitions and other activities that tie directly into the UAE's heritage and growth.

DSS Accession Day celebrations will start at 3 pm on Friday at Modhesh Fun City, which will be decorated with portraits of Shaikh Zayed and the UAE national flag, she added.

A battery of events has been scheduled for Modhesh Fun City, beginning with a special welcome for all visitors. Children attired in traditional Emirati clothing will present gifts of sweets and bukhoor to visitors in the reception area, Suhail said. Further inside the city, there will be traditional fashion shows presented by members of the Modhesh Friends Club, along with an operetta dedicated to Shaikh Zayed and created especially for the occasion presented by Modhesh Friends Club members.

The main stage of the Modhesh Fun City will host both the operetta and the 'Emirates Play,' which recounts the forming of the federation of emirates and how the UAE has developed in the last few decades under the leadership of Shaikh Zayed. The Modhesh Fun City will also host a number of heritage and cultural competitions, including the Modhesh Wheel themed to UAE heritage questions, the Al Yawwaleh and Hala Musical Shows, a Poetry Night and a traditional games competition.

Individual zones within Modhesh Fun City will also celebrate the occasion in their own unique way.

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