Monday, December 13, 2010

Children's City to celebrate Cultures Day

The Children's City, in cooperation with MBM, UAE Exchange Centre, and the Yemeni consulate, will organize a variety of activities on Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 December 2010 to celebrate Cultures Day. The activities will be held from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, said Naila Al Mansouri, Head of Children's City.

"Culture is the soul of the nation and the address of its identity. It is one of the pillars of the basis for nation-building and advancement. Each nation has a culture from which it draws its elements, features and characteristics. Each society has a culture which is characterized, and each culture has its advantages and characteristics," she said.

Al Mansouri said the Children's City's celebrations on this occasion come in its bid to become a pioneer in the field of edutainment in the Middle East, reach an internationally recognized position, and provide edutainment service for groups of schools, children and their families through its different sections of display by offering activities and programs associated with them.

She said the aim of this event to celebrate the cultural diversity, which is a common heritage of mankind, and that the dialogue between the cultures is a possibility. "The culture should be viewed as a set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of a society or a social group. It encompasses, in addition to arts and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs," said Al Mansouri.

She said that Children's City endeavours to take care of the culture among future generations and introduce them to diverse cultures. "We also want to teach them that cultural diversity specifically derives from experiences and contributions of all countries, cultures and peoples. Cultural diversity promotes human values and maintains a common ground where you cannot claim any credit for one culture to other cultures. This will contribute in bringing up children's creativity through various artistic activities, sports, music, theatre, painting and other arts," said Al Mansouri.

"The Children's City through its different exhibits and events aims to achieve communication and integration with different segments of the community, and the development of the role of a typical family, and keep up with all that is new in the field of museum shows while maintaining the existing in terms of theory and knowledge as it desire to meet the needs and wishes of visitors," she said.

"It also aims at the consolidation of relations with relevant bodies and organizations, similar in goal, and provide better service to the public through training and motivate staff in the required disciplines, as well as creating a centre of attraction for cultural tourism and children's tourism at the local, regional and international levels," said Al Mansouri.

The Children's City has prepared a number of special programmes on this occasion as the day will start with the national anthem, followed by a poem about the UAE, and presentation of the Al Youla dance of the UAE. There will be a stage show that gives an overview of several countries such as Kenya, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Pakistan. A photo exhibition of the Republic of Yemen and an exhibition of the currencies of different countries will also be organized, in addition to providing hospitality of the UAE heritage. At the end of the day there will be a big raffle draw.

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