Press Release

Shurooq launches special celebratory programme to mark UAE’s 42nd National Day

November 24, 2013

Celebrations include Kalba, Al Dhaid and Dibba Al Hisn
The first of its National Day celebration programme will take place at Al Qasba, on 1 December, with spectacular laser light shows for three consecutive days, while 2 December will be dedicated to a dazzling fireworks display. All shows will be held from 6:00 pm-11:30pm daily. Taking place at 4:30pm on 2 December, four grand celebrations will be held in Kalba, Al Dhaid and Dibba Al Hisn, while the Heart of Sharjah will see a National Day Carnival, accompanied by folklore musical shows, traditional costumes, Emirati children's traditional fashion show and competition, an Emirati Souk, a Heritage Studio, a corner for handicrafts and henna and a special corner for children. Kalba, Al Dhaid and Dibba Al Hisn will also see the inauguration of flagpoles in collaboration with Sharjah Police, at 4:30pm. The flag-raising and National Day celebrations will begin with the UAE national anthem, followed by the oath of loyalty, and then the flag-raising ceremony, accompanied by a musical performance by the Sharjah Police military band. The celebration will also feature saluting the UAE flag before it concludes with live musical shows performed by the military band along with all participants in the event. On the 2nd and 3rd of December, Al Majaz Waterfront will feature special shows of the Sharjah Musical Fountain and a spectacular fireworks display on 2 December. The shows will take place from 8:00 pm-11:10pm. Flag Island, on the other hand will be host to the performance of an operetta titled 'The Story of a Flag - a Nation's Dream', in collaboration with the Higher Committee for Celebrating the 42nd National Day in Sharjah, Sharjah Educational Zone and Sharjah Police. Speaking on the glorious occasion, HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), said: "National Day is very dear to the hearts of all Emiratis and expatriates in the UAE - a chance for us all to come together and celebrate the passing of 42 years since the creation of the Union. National Day is a red-letter day in the past history, present and future of our country and people, and therefore we have been very eager to diversify our events held across the emirate of Sharjah, so as to highlight our national identity and authentic heritage. As we are extremely proud of this date, we would like to express our joy and the happiness of our nation and leaders as well as our pride in our flag, which will be flying high on the huge poles in Sharjah's cities of Kalba, Al Dhaid, and Dibba Al Hisn." Shurooq's CEO added, "The well-being, security, and safety enjoyed by our country's residents make it one of the most admired countries in the world, thanks to Allah and the wise leadership represented by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates and the Crown Princes, who work dedicatedly and faithfully to maintain the gains and achievements made since the creation of the Union." Since its establishment in 2009, Shurooq has organised several events and activities during national and religious festive occasions at districts and projects developed and managed by Shurooq, most notably Al Qasba, Al Majaz Waterfront, the Heart of Sharjah and the Flag Island. Shurooq is focused on encouraging investment in the emirate of Sharjah by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from the region and the world. Shurooq's key mission is to provide facilities and incentives to help overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the Emirate, evaluate tourism and investment related infrastructure projects, and lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects.
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