Under the patronage of Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, members of the University of Ajman (AU) community proudly celebrated the 51st National Day of the United Arab Emirates on November 22 in a dazzling ceremony held at the Sheikh Zayed Center for Conferences. and exhibits on the AU campus.
The event witnessed the enthusiastic participation of senior management, faculty and staff, including Sheikh Majed Al Khatri, Dr. Abdulhaq Al Nuaimi, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Communications; Dr. Khaled Assaleh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Rabi Al Khofash, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Mustahsan Mir, Executive Director of Corporate Planning and Effectiveness; Dr. Nahla Al Qasimi, Dean of Student Services and Dr. Mohamed Helal, Director of Student Life, along with a large number of AU students.
The event, which featured various performances including folk music, began with the national anthem played by a military band, followed by the traditional dance “Youla Ensemble”, in addition to a play by the students from the drama club, poetry recitations by students Majed Al Khatri and Faisal Al Dehani, traditional group performances by students from the music club and a cultural dance performance for the audience.
Al Qassimi said, “On this occasion, I extend my warmest congratulations to the wise leaders, government, citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates. I congratulate our students for spreading the spirit of patriotism and pride among the public present today. I also thank all heritage organizations and museums for showing the uniqueness and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the beautiful traditions represented in the Arab Jalsa, and for sharing stories about Emirati history, Emirati cinema and handicrafts like bead making, all on display and revived during this joyous celebration. In addition to this, colleges participated to showcase UAE principles such as Tolerance, Entrepreneurship, Authenticity, Creativity, Giving, Sustainability, Innovation, Safety and Security. It was a beautiful event, in which we involved everyone of all nationalities to celebrate this wonderful day.
A key attraction of the event was the skillfully created model of an Emirati village which showcased life in the United Arab Emirates during historical times and the dominant culture. A photo gallery, an exhibition of traditional artefacts, traditional Emirati food and a band have all been included in the historic village, which was created to help the public appreciate the long-standing culture of the United Arab Emirates.