Parting is bitter but it comes with sweet hope for a better union. For last 10 weeks Dubai basked in the glory of summer fun — events, activities and international standard programmes which were the order of the day.

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Published: Fri 2 Sep 2005, 4:25 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:24 PM

While kids kept themselves occupied with the many activities at hand, elders lapped in the promotional offers running across malls and at select venues.

Last year DSS premiered the Arabian Ice City, this year it was the Safari Adventure, this is one event that sees scope for betterment and surprises in every way.

Modhesh ran through a summer of events with a smile across his face. At every opportunity he stood out from the crowd and has thus created a place for himself.

The mascot of DSS, Modhesh is heavy hearted as he has to bid adieu to all his little friends for a whole year once again. He is calling out to his fans to come meet him one last time as the summer of surprises comes to a close today.

Children are welcome to meet and greet Modhesh at special events being held around the city.

The ever smiling mascot, who joined in the weeks of celebrations with children at city malls, visited hospitals, offices and even trekked to fight hunger will interact with the children and pose for pictures at Modhesh Fun City between 3.50pm to 4.20pm today (Friday), where he will also present entertainment shows, host competitions and distribute gifts to all participants.

He will then be at the China Court of Ibn Battuta Mall for the raffle draws at 7pm but he will be around from 6pm to 8pm. After that, Modhesh will return to Modhesh Fun City, where he will tour all the zones within the city and participate in the many activities being offered and make a special appearance at the Modhesh merchandise store for another last and final meet and greet session for the season between 9pm to 10pm just before the close of his Fun City at 11pm but not without a promise of returning next year to cement the ties stronger as ever with his millions of fans from the world over.

Says Rizan Ziyad Barhan, an eight-year old Palestinian girl, “Since the last two years I am insisting on my parents to stay back in Dubai for the holidays. I feel if I go anywhere for a vacation I will miss all the fun activities here. Most of all I will miss to see and meet Modhesh until the next year.

This time we visited many places and participated in the games too. I met Modhesh twice at Modhesh Fun City; I also took pictures with him. I wish we could watch Modhesh cartoons on TV and continue to play the Modhesh games on the web site for a few days after DSS closes.”

Added Rizan, “My friends visited Safari Adventures, I didn't because I feel scared of animals. They should have a big dollhouse next year where we can make our own dolls, dress them up and play with them.

The dolls must be big, almost of our size so that we can even have tea parties with them.” Said Sufiyan A Albosari, a nine-year-old Saudi national who has been visiting Dubai continuously during DSS for the last three years, “We always make our way to the Emirates because it is always growing and improving on its ideas and offers.

Over the last four weeks that we have been here, we visited Modhesh Fun City, Arabian Ice City, and Safari Adventures; apart from this we saw the shows happening at malls like Al Ghurair City, Reef Mall and Oasis Centre. I am a big fan of Modhesh; his presence adds charm to this event. It's good that he is not there always because if it was so then there would be nothing special and exclusive about him.”

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