Thrill, fun, adventure: DSS doles out all in plenty

DUBAI - The curtains came down on Dubai Summer Surprises 2008 on Friday, with a greater number of people taking part in the various acitivities, ranging from thrill and fun to adventure.

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Published: Sat 23 Aug 2008, 11:09 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:09 PM

Nasir Hakim, Public Relations Manager of DSS Office, said the event showcased and highlighted everything from entertainment for children and families to fashion trends and cookery demonstrations.

For families, the Kids Fashion Week saw Modhesh Friends Club members walk the ramp in style. Some of the biggest names in the industry showcased their latest collections at Dubai Festival City as part of the Signature Event.

The Kids Olympic Games also provided fun at the China Court in Ibn Battuta Mall, as the children competed for prizes in 13 contests.

Signature Events began with World of Stories, a fairytale fantasy enacted on stage for families and children at Al Ghurair City on June 21. What made it unique was the special screening of the events made available for special needs children in coordination with the Special Needs Family Support Group (SNF).

This year’s DSS edition also selected nine of the best and brightest marketing students for its 2008 Apprenticeship Programme from over 30 educational institutions spanning nine countries across the Middle East, North Africa and the United Kingdom.

In fashion, the Dubai Fashion Fiesta, one of the most-awaited annual fashion events in Dubai and a Mega Event in DSS 2008, projected the collections of 11 designers and fashion labels.

On the exhibition front, the Collectors’ Exhibition had the participation of 14 local, regional and international collectors, who displayed rare and unique artefacts at Wafi City.

The fifth edition of the DSS Mega Event, part of DSS, also was a huge success with specially-designed cakes being sold out one hour prior to the closing of the event. More than 60 executive pastry chefs from Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts prepared 3,065 delicious cakes, which represented the total number of rooms provided by Jumeirah Group’s Dubai Hotels & Resorts.

The cakes were sold for just Dh30, the proceeds of which went to the Dubai Autism Centre.

Mercato hosted the Jumeirah Giant Charity Cake Sale, during which hundreds of shoppers witnessed the four-hour cake festival.

The Storyteller of Khan Murjan, a theatrical performance in Arabic and English using music, dance, poetry and acrobatics, entertained shoppers and visitors to Wafi City.

The show revolved around the mystique of 14th century Arabia, using authentic antiques, artefacts, costumes and trinkets from Syria, Turkey, Morocco and Egypt.

On the art front, an exhibition featuring Arabic script, created by Dubai-based students, was on show at Modhesh Fun City as part of the Dubai Holdings Fine Art Awards 2008.

Among the other entertainment programmes were BurJuman and Lamcy Plaza’s hosting of the Modhesh Party and the acclaimed musical ‘Oliver’ at the Madinat Theatre in Madinat Jumeirah.

The musical was a unique production, featuring a cast of 34, including 30 talented Dubaibased children and four professional actors from the United Kingdom.

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