Performed by Hussein Al Jasmi, Fayez Al Saeed, Hazzaa, Oraieb and 750 students
The statement was made as His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi attended 'The Story of a Flag - a Nation's Dream' operetta at the Flag Island in Sharjah, yesterday evening (Monday). The ceremony was organised in collaboration with the Higher Committee for National Day Celebrations in Sharjah, Sharjah Educational Zone and Sharjah Police Headquarters and, and formed part of the Shurooq's celebrations of the 42nd UAE National Day. The operetta was attended by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and heikh Salem bin Abdulrahman Al Qasimi, Director General of the Office of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. Also present in the ceremony were HE Humaid Al Qatami, Minister of Education, HE Abdul Rahman Salem Al Hajeri, Chairman of the Sharjah Consultative Council, HE Mohammed Ali Al Noman, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) and Chairman of Higher Committee for National Day Celebrations, HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority "Shurooq" and a number of senior government officials and directors, media representatives and members of the local community as well as huge crowd who gathered at the Flag Island square. Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi was thrilled with organising the first grand activity on the Flag Island on such a cherished occasion by the hearts of UAE people - the 42nd UAE National Day, a day on which the nation celebrates the achievements and successes made by the UAE in all areas. She said that the 'Spirit of the Union' flag that was laid down by the founding fathers and upheld by the people of the Emirates, has significantly contributed to elevate the UAE to the rank of the most advanced nations in the world, thanks to the country's visionary leadership and ambitious people. Sheikha Bodour extended her heartiest congratulations and salutations on the occasion of the 42nd UAE National Day to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to their brothers Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council Rulers of the Emirates, and to the UAE people on this special occasion. She expressed her wishes that the UAE will remain an oasis of safety, prosperity, and happiness. A documentary film was screened by Shurooq about the milestones of constructing the three 75-meter flagpoles inaugurated last Monday in Kalba, Al Dhaid and Dibba Al Hisen, bringing the total number of giant flagpoles in the emirate of Sharjah to four. Each one has been transformed into a national and tourist landmark that attracts visitors from within the UAE and abroad. The operetta featured nine musical acts performed by renowned Emirati singers Hussein Al Jasmi, Fayez Al Saeed, Hazzaa, Jassim Mohammed and Oraieb, as well as more than 750 local schoolchildren and hundreds of volunteers. The lyrics were written by UAE poet Mosbeh Ali Al Kaabi. The first act of the operetta titled 'Allah, Homeland, and President', was performed by Hussein Al Jassmi, and followed by 'The Sea' staged by Ibn Majed Band and the Sharjah Folklore Band, which paid homage to the UAE's proud seafaring history. Spectators enjoyed the performance of the military band and their folklore Bedouin singings in a performance titled 'Desert People', which celebrated the determination and persistence of forefathers who endured the harsh living conditions in desert and gained such values as generosity, pride, and dignity. Singer Fayez Al Saeed sang for about mountain life in the fourth show of the operetta, in which he described the forts, castles and bedrock on which the UAE people lived, planted palm trees, and cut channels for springs and streams. In the fifth performance, the operetta artists performed a group song about the Union, in which they recalled the memory of the founding leader the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May Allah rest his soul in peace), and highlighted the cooperation and solidarity of the UAE people, and how they turned a life of hardship and separation into a unification and a perfect model to follow. In the sixth performance, Balques sang 'Here is the UAE', with participation of artists from various communities from fraternal and friendly countries, with impressive background scenes displaying the UAE people in their traditional dress receiving delegations from these countries. The operetta stars dedicated the seventh performance, which was titled 'Zayed and Khalifa', to the UAE's devoted leaders who have made their people the happiest in the world. In participation of 100 students, singers sang to Zayed - the architect of the union, and to Khalifa - the great leader of the UAE. In the eighth act, a group of students celebrated the various achievements made by the UAE, starting from Abu Dhabi which supplies energy to the world, to Dubai, the emirate of the iconic towers and the world's largest airports, to Sharjah, the emirate of science, knowledge, and literature. Riders on horseback took part in performing the ninth act, in which the chorus paid tribute to the UAE flag. The one-hour operetta was concluded with spectacular firework displays that lit up the sky of the Flag Island and the surrounding area in an awesome scene of colour, sound, and light that mirrored Emirati people's joy and happiness at the achievements accomplished by the Federation throughout its 42 years.