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“Heritage values” celebration kicks off 37th uae national day at Le Méridien Al Aqah

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, December 04 - 2008 @ 12:58

Hosted in collaboration with the UAE Architectural Preservation Association in Dibba Al Fujairah, the inaugural “Heritage Values” celebration will feature more than 30 exhibitions and activities scheduled to take place in and around the hotel.

The celebration will include trips to a number of nearby charitable, educational, and medical institutions in order to enhance participation in traditional UAE heritage and stress the importance of the connection between generations.

National and governmental bodies will join the festivities which as a whole represent a comprehensive, entertaining, and educational celebration of UAE National Day.

Highlighted activities will include exhibitions featuring coins and stamps issued prior to the unification of the UAE, other artifacts that pre-date 1971, and old craftsmanship and cultural products.

Hotel guests will be able to attend educational presentations to learn about national traditions and architectural heritage, in addition to daily shows of folklore music.

The celebration will also showcase a series of documentaries produced by the “Onasi” media production company based in Abu Dhabi including: “Homeland of history … nation for the future” which documents the archaeological discoveries confirming the history of human settlement in the UAE, and “Dar Zayed…hidden treasures” which was produced by five students from Zayed University and won the awards competition organized by the media production company this past May.

“The celebration activities are designed to emphasize the country’s great past and happy present under leadership of HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his brother HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and their brothers in the UAE supreme council.”

said Patrick Antaki, General Manager, Le Méridien Al Aqah.

“We aim to honor all those who have supported this country’s great progress and we greatly appreciate the fantastic response and cooperation which we have had with the celebration’s organizing committee who have facilitated these exhibitions about heritage and civilisation, as well as documentaries about the UAE,” added Antaki.

“The National Day celebration is the most important event on the hotel’s agenda and we have worked very hard to develop programs that communicate the importance of the 37th anniversary of the UAE, especially given the growing achievements in all fields. We have worked to capture the festive spirit of the Federation and the nature of the society,” said Salah Al Hamad, head of the carnival organizing committee.

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