Music is the universal language of mankind. It can heal the soul. It is our resort to comfort and meditation.

?Music can be a message to mankind and today we have one of those people. I am here to measure and support the enormous needs of the Palestinian children,? said Argentine pianist Miguel Angel Estrella.

A piano recital presented by Angel Estrella was performed at a gala dinner organised by A child, A promise association - Un Enfant Une Promesse (UEUP) - to raise funds for the children of Palestine.

He said he was happy to present this concert in Dubai for the benefit of Palestinian children. Through music he is trying to promote human rights and peace. Music can bring together people of many different backgrounds.

This concert was held on Sunday under the patronage of Her Highness Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, who has always supported the children of Palestine.

It was performed in the presence of many prominent public figures in a ballroom in the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Angel Estrells played works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and others.

The performance themes varied between love and death, violence and exile, hope and war. They reflect the atmosphere that the Palestinian children live in.

A documentary called Promised Eyes was presented at a gala dinner. This film represents the miserable lives of the children of Palestine.

The association - Un Enfant, Une Promesse - established in February 2003 aims to bring psychological and educational support and physical and mental relief to the Palestinian children of the refugee camps in Gaza, the West Band and Lebanon.

The funds donated during charity functions organised by the association permit the Palestinian children to express their feelings and learn to live their childhood like it ought to be lived.

Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Angel Estrella is the founder of the Peace Orchestra. It includes musicians from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The recital included speeches by Tania Sfeir's, the president of UEUP, and the political analyst Dr Marwan Bshara, in which they pleaded for a united effort to lift the misery and deprivation the children of Palestine.

There was also an auction of two items of jewellery.