The programme based on the Arab art of story-telling featured a story-teller, known in Arabic as Hakawati, reading stories to children at Global Village’s Roman amphitheatre. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Thousands of children visiting Global Village got the opportunity to attend 30-minute story-telling sessions, as part of a special programme by Global Village to encourage reading among the youth.

The special activity, which was held at the premises between April 3 and April 5, targeted children agesd three to 10, who won gifts and vouchers after every session of story-telling .The story-telling, held three times daily, also included interactive sessions with the children through the medium of puppetry.

This programme was based on the traditional Arab art of story-telling and brought in a story-teller, known in Arabic as Hakawati, to read out stories to children in a relaxed and inviting ambience replete with bean bags and cushions, at its Roman amphitheatre.

Ahmad Hussain Bin Eisa, CEO of Global Village, said that Global Village was keen to play a prominent role in supporting the Arab Reading Challenge, which was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and is considered the largest project in the region to encourage reading among children and young Arabs.

“Launching this special activation at Global Village reflects our commitment and emphasises our responsibility as an organisation towards reviving Arab culture and developing children’s reading skills by providing an interactive edutainment experience that will enrich their knowledge and encourage them to read,” he said.

Global Village also extended the reach of the campaign further by creating a reading corner next to the Roman amphitheatre, which included nearly 1,000 a books as part of a makeshift library to encourage reading among Arab youth. The library was set up with tables, chairs and beanbags, creating an environment conducive for children to read to their heart’s content.

In its 20th season, Global Village offers a wide range of activities and entertainment to enhance the experience of all guests and will continue until April 9.