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Global Village unveils Union Festival

Event to feature famous Emirati artistes and traditional dances

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 17:55 November 24, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Javed Nawab/Gulf News Archives
  • Global Village will celebrate Dubai’s cultural diversity by hosting several cultural shows from the UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Algeria and India.

Dubai: Famous Emirati artists will serenade Global Village visitors from Monday until December 2 as part of the 41st National Day celebrations.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, directed Global Village officials to organise the Union Festival at the theme park.

The 11-day event will bring together Diana Haddad, Ali Al Katheeri, Majid Al Shamsi and Fadhel Al Mazroui for a series of special concerts at Global Village.

Traditional Emirati folk dances like Razfa, Liwa, Indima, Ayala and Nouban will be performed. Complementing the celebration is a one-hour poetry night with an Emirati theme on December 1.

The theme park will likewise celebrate Dubai’s cultural diversity by hosting several cultural shows from the UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Algeria and India. The Ukrainian fire show, with fire dances choreographed to authentic Arabic music, is expected to take centre stage.

As the largest participant in the Union Festival, the UAE pavilion will be richly decorated. Traditional Emirati incense burners will be spread all over the pavilion in addition to perfume testers.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Emirati kitchen. Kiosks, designed to resemble typical Emirati kitchens, will serve fresh snacks and desserts at the festival.

Traditional Areesh huts will be built around the park to welcome visitors with Arabic coffee, authentic dates and Arabic incense.

At the Yemeni pavilion, a folk group will showcase a song dedicated to the UAE leaders. The song is composed using one of the poems of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum poems, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, mixed with a few lines from the poems of famous Yemeni poet Hassan Abdul Haq.

Colourful rickshaws will line up outside the Indian Pavilion, which will also feature a specially-designed show.

Visitors will also be able to view the developments in UAE society through 3D Projection Mapping at Global Village’s management building.

One lucky visitor will also get to drive home a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro in a special draw.

Global Village will also distribute 10,000 shawls in the colours of the national flag, Union pins and flags.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 17:28 November 25, 2012

    Dubai rocks and thanks to wonderful leaderships blessed to UAE.

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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