The HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) celebrated the UAE’s 45th National Day on November 29, with colour, action, joy and an outpouring of national pride and devotion, in a full program of events from 10am to 4pm.
The campus was honoured with the presence of Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ali Al Mansoori, Deputy Vice Chancellor Campus Operations, Dr. Gilbert Linne, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affair, Dr. Addel Al Ameri, Deputy Vice Chancellor Strategy and Communication, who joined Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, AAWC Director, campus students, staff and faculty in the day of vivid celebrations.
One of the highlights of the celebrations was a performance of “The Knight and the Seven Princesses” play in the campus auditorium. The play was written by Ismail Akbawy, faculty in the Arabic department, and directed by his colleagues in the department, Radi Al Waqfi, Safeya Al Rahbi, Hajar Al Nuaimi and Baghdad Ahmed. The roles were played by seven students representing the seven Emirates.
The Knight and the Seven Princesses depicts the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, May God rest his soul, and the seven Emirates, and represents unity, tolerance, happiness and cooperation. It highlighted Sheikh Zayed’s unique characteristics as founder of the United Arab Emirates, his vision in uniting the country and his wisdom in gathering the seven Emirates under the great UAE.
The students who represented the seven Emirates gave brilliant performances and showed a great love for the country and the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, May God rest his soul.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamisi, HCT Vice Chancellor, was very impressed with the play, saying: “Today’s play and activities exceeded all expectations.”
Mrs Hamsa Al Ammari, AAWC Director, welcomed the audience: “It is my pleasure and honour to meet you on the UAE’s 45th National Day celebrations. The 2nd of December represents pride and loyalty and today we celebrate our beloved UAE and the fact that we are under the sky of this giving, generous land of the UAE.” “On this occasion, I am pleased to extend my sincere loyalty and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him. Our beloved students, today I encourage you to work hard and pursue the paths of science and innovation in order to achieve more, and carry on the journey of love and loyalty and to preserve the legacy of our ancestors.”
After the play concluded with a round of rousing applause and congratulations, the audience was treated to a short film by Ftima Al Ketbi, under the theme “Story of Faithfulness,” in which she asked AAW faculty and staff to talk about their impressions and experience of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The result was a very influential video that drew tears and smiles at the same time.
A host of exciting and fun activities took place in the campus’s outdoor areas where the AAW community and guests were able to enjoy the National Day celebrations in beautiful weather.
Much to the delight of all in attendance, the full program of activities included the following:
- Mini museum
- Traditional bazaar
- Traditional children’s games and competitions
- Free Atelier corner
- Pottery exhibition
- Traditional kitchen with live cooking demonstrations
- Harbya dance
- Military displays
- Community Police displays
- UAE studies exhibition
- UAE Union talk tent
Faisal Khasawneh, Foundations faculty member, echoed the sentiments of all in attendance when he said:“Today AAWC managed to bring back the glory of the National Day celebrations. Not just any kind of celebrations, but the ones that we’re honored and proud to attend and be a part of.”