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National Day: Events galore at Dubai parks, Children’s City

Free entry to Saruq Al Hadid museum on December 3

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Dubai: Dubai Municipality’s Public Parks and Horticulture Department and the Children’s City will organise a wide variety of events to celebrate the 45th National Day during the holidays.

The events, which will be held at the public parks in Zabeel, Mamzar, Creek, Mushrif and Al Barsha Pond Park, will include free activities for children, from Thursday and until Saturday, from 2.30pm to 9.30pm.

“We have been keen to organise events that will strengthen the values of patriotism, belonging to the homeland and unity of the people of the nation,” Mohammad Al Awadi, director of Public Parks and Horticulture Department, said in a press release.

The events will feature magic show, ceramic painting, face painting and colouring workshop for children and other recreational activities in addition to the park activities.

The Children’s City has also prepared a comprehensive programme to celebrate the National Day. The events at Children’s City, which will take place on Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 7pm, include a variety of traditional and cultural activities focusing on the community members, children and visitors to the city.

Nyla Al Mansouri, head of Children’s City, said: “Children’s City has been keen to participate every year in the activities of this national occasion, which is dear to our hearts. It embodies the highest sense of loyalty and fulfils the values of the generous homeland and the wise leadership.

“Through our celebrations on this occasion, we seek to promote the national spirit and imbibe inspiration from the lives of the founding fathers and their leading role in the strength and durability of the Union, as well as highlight the achievements of the country in all fields under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” she said.

The Children’s City events include traditional Emarati hospitality, technical workshops, a special celebration sponsored by Orchid Fine Arts Institute, distribution of National Day gifts, variety traditional shows, performances by the military band, popular games and dances, a play on the love of nation, a flag colouring corner, heritage exhibition and 45 grand raffle draws.

As part of celebrations, entry to the Saruq Al Hadid Iron Age Museum will be free of charge for people of all ages on December 3. The museum at the Heritage Village features findings from the Saruq Al Hadid archaeological site which existed in Dubai some 4,000 years ago.