Abu Dhabi/Khalifa City Women’s College hosts National Day majlis
Students from the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi/Khalifa City Women’s College (AD/KCWC) hosted the public this past weekend in a traditional majlis at Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall, as part of ongoing celebrations of the UAE’s 41st National Day.
The AD/KCWC Student Council shone a spotlight on traditional Emirati culture and invited visitors of all nations to join in the celebration.
This special event, staged for the first time during last year’s 40th National Day celebrations, once again received support from the Marina Mall management company, which provided a prime site to showcase the cultural activities. In addition, Al Hosn Gas (Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company, Ltd), a member of the ADNOC Group of Companies, gave valuable support for the patriotic project.
The majlis featured henna, Arabic coffee, and small gifts. Highlights of the weekend were when guest music groups performed the traditional ‘yola’ and ‘liwa’ dances. In addition, the Abu Dhabi Police Band brought their own brand of patriotic music to the celebration.
With help from the College’s Applied Communication student-photographers, visitors were able to pose for photos wearing traditional clothing. The photos were printed and delivered on the spot.
Education students ran a “Children’s Corner,” where children enjoyed patriotic face painting, Emirati-themed crafts, and other activities. One lucky group of children were excited to see a live appearance by the cartoon character “Hamdoon".
A highlight was an electronic “Gratitude Book,” in which visitors used styluses to write digitized messages of thanks and congratulations to UAE President and Abu Dhabi Ruler His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Students collected hundreds of handwritten messages to be delivered to His Highness.
Student Hessa said, “This has been a lot of work but also a really fun event. We love to share our culture with many people who don’t know much about it.”
AD/KCWC Director Dr. Jace Hargis added, “This occasion has been a moment for us to remember the advantages we enjoy by living in this country. We express our sincere gratitude for the sacrifices of those who worked to establish the UAE, and we are excited for our graduates to build on their excellent foundation in the coming years.”
[caption id="attachment_14408" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AD/KCWC students assist visitors to send messages of thanks and congratulations to UAE President and Abu Dhabi Ruler His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.[/caption]