AD/KCWC students gather together for 42nd National Day celebrations
The Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi and Khalifa City Women’s Colleges (AD/KCWC) celebrated the UAE’s 42nd National Day on Tuesday, 26 November.
Students joined their companions at the Khalifa City Women’s campus for a festive day in support of their nation and its leaders.
In preparation for the celebrations, students were inspired by the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to raise the flag on Flag Day by sewing a giant UAE flag. The UAE flag is a symbol of the country, its independence, unity and national pride, and in honour, the students’ flag was draped prominently from an outside wall at the Khalifa City event.
As part of the colleges’ National Day programme, the students’ Baader Volunteering Club, sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Development Fund, visited the Autism Centre in Abu Dhabi and the Special Needs Centre in Al Mafraq to bring activities and gifts to the children. Student Representative Council members visited an Old People’s Home in Sharjah and also visited Sheikh Zayed Grand Masjid to pray for the unity and prosperity of the country.
Celebrations on the day started with flags, balloons and other festive decorations, and gifts and sashes given out. As is traditional at AD/KCWC, the celebration began when the ever-popular Abu Dhabi Police Band played the national anthem, followed by several pieces of national-themed music. During the day, activities included traditional youla dancing displays, a bazaar, poetry readings and an art and poetry exhibition entitled ‘Emirati Expressions’.
The Abu Dhabi community joined in with the national anthem performed in sign language by deaf students from Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO), and enjoyed a poetry recital by Al Jeel Al Jadeed Kindergarten students, a dance show by the ZHO Students, an Operetta (Army Show) by Ibn Seena School and a bake sale by Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs.
The College welcomed female visitors and children for the occasion, to share the activities. A Heritage Corner showcased local food, traditional sweets, traditional-style photo shoots, henna painting, local cooking demonstrations and competitions. Young children had the benefit of a ‘Kids’ Corner’ where students shared face-painting and other fun activities.
Abu Dhabi Colleges Director, Sultan Hussain Karmostaji, offered his congratulations on the occasion. “It is an honour for me as an Emirati to celebrate the formation and tremendous growth of our Nation, and to share our culture and heritage on the occasion of this 42nd National Day. We who work at the HCT are lucky to play a part in the development and future of a country as unique as this.”
[caption id="attachment_19929" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Students enjoyed several traditional performances throughout the day.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_19930" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Handicrafts made in the traditional way were displayed in the Heritage Corner.[/caption]