Global Village ready for UAE national day celebrations


Staff Report

Dubai: Global Village has announced today the celebrations of special events and highly anticipated cultural entertainment that has planned to commemorate the 46th National Day of the UAE taking place on December 1 to 5, 2017.

The 46th National Day at Global Village will see the world premiere and epic performance of “Belad Alkhair”,the one of the largest theater production in the history of the Global Village as an ode to the UAE National Day. The production is expected to create a memorable impact in the hearts of the people of the UAE.

Bader Anhawi, Chief Operating Officer, Global Village, said: “We wanted to present our production on the 46th anniversary of the Federation’s journey as a quality addition to this national occasion. We have taken the opportunity to use our capabilities to achieve the lofty goals behind the celebrations. The goodwill achieved by the Year of Giving initiative, announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, embodies the values of generosity that we are known for. It reflects the vision of our founders, based on our Arab and Islamic identity, and the approach established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”

“We are proud to be an Emirati brand that started with an Emirati thought to embody the different cultures that live in the UAE in harmony and reflect the message of giving and tolerance among different peoples,” he added.

The content of ‘Belad Alkhair’ spans six scenes that reflect the history of giving and goodness in the UAE. The play opens with a song about UAE traditions and continues as a poetry epic by Abdullah Saleh.

The scenes include sections representing the history of the UAE, where the artistes move between the traditional and the bright Emirati fashion, creating paintings that are enhanced by the visual and artistic influences and the decoration and lighting on stage. The scenes represent several heritage and national songs, including HOYAMAL (Song of the Sea), Beit Al Kabeer, AYALLAH, and Fakhrina Khalifa.

This epic theater production has been produced by Lighthouse Production Company. It is directed by Ali Al Khawar, its production designer is Obaid Ali and it is composed by Khalid Nasser.  ‘Belad AlKhair’ will be presented twice daily on the main cultural stage during 1 to 5 December.

The “Victory Project” community initiative was launched by Global Village in October 2017. It has seen the participation of more than 15,000 students from more than 111 schools from all the Emirates that have painted and decorated more than 3,000 sculptures representing the theme of the victory of the United Arab Emirates and its people. They have created their own rendition of the UAE victory salute, which is done by raising the thumb, forefinger and the middle finger in a symbol of victory and love of the nation.

The “Victory Project” is a gesture to develop the artistic and technical skills of students and instill the principles and values of patriotism. Each sculpture was colored and decorated by a group of 5 students in ways and colors inspired by the values represented by the National Day celebrations of the United Arab Emirates.

Global Village collected the sculptures from the schools and evaluated them by a special jury to select the three most beautiful works of art. All the sculptures are presented at a special location at the Global Village, opposite the UAE Pavilion, from 1st to 30th December 2017.

The three winning works receive an award of Dh 100,000 for the development of their arts department at the winning schools. Students that created the ten most beautiful sculptures will also receive a collection of Global Village Memorial Gifts.

Popular Emirati performances will be organised throughout the day at the Global Village, including the “Al Ayala” show, in which performers will play drums, duffels, brass instruments and vocals. Groups will be roaming Global Village throughout operating hours and performing Emirati cultural shows such as Ayala, Yola, Harbiya and Razfa. They will also perform at the main cultural stage multiple times a day during National Celebration from 1st to 5th December 2017.

Global Village guests will also meet with their beloved cartoon personalities such as Shambeh, Atouga, Afari, Bu Mhayer and Aboud from the popular series Shabiat Al Cartoon. They will perform on the main cultural stage and do multiple meet and greets during the 46th National Day celebrations.

From December 1 to 3, 2017, Global Village guests will enjoy extraordinary fireworks display, which will carry the colors of the UAE flag and reach a height of 200 meters. The fireworks display will be accompanied by a variety of musical presentations as it lights up the skies with a delightful five-minute visual entertainment session.

More than 25,000 flags will be distributed, and the park’s courtyards will be filled with more than 20,000 flags of the UAE. The lighting of the main cultural theater will be a special feature of the colors of the UAE flag on both sides of the stage. Balloon artists will welcome children at the entrance and present them with balloons in the colors of the UAE flag. Engraving artists will be on hand to create a special atmosphere for the National Day celebrations as well.

On Monday, December 4, guests at Global Village will see the Parade of the World, which will showcase the cultures at the park with with more than 300 performers from tens of nationalities coming together and with special participation of multiple cultural Emirati groups.