The 40th UAE National Day
Coinciding with the 4th Festival of Thinkers conference, around the country 20,000 students and faculty members and staff from the Higher Colleges of Technology will embark on some of the most comprehensive celebrations to mark the milestone of the UAE’s 40th anniversary.
Running throughout November, and culminating in the official National Day celebrations on December 2, the HCT campuses will be tangible showcases for the educational excellence that is achieved throughout the year.
The central theme of the HCT campuses celebrations will be education, learning, fun and national pride. Many college campuses have themed their celebrations around the concepts of educational and societal changes over the past 40 years since the UAE’s formation, capturing the spirit of the nation and its people.
There will be a seemingly endless array of action, activities and interactive demonstrations at the colleges – from national cooking demonstrations; children’s activities; quizzes; time capsules; sporting events and games; heritage, cultural and historical displays; traditional arts, crafts, games and fashions; competitions for car decorations, posters, fashions, poetry, sand sculptures, photography; parades and graduation ceremonies; music, poetry and dancing exhibitions; horse riding; movies; decorations; Arabic lessons and much more.
Many of the HCT campus events will culminate in special National Day celebrations taking place on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology congratulated the colleges and students on their outstanding preparations for the 40th Anniversary celebrations.
“It is heartening to see our students, faculty and staff celebrating our nation with such great enthusiasm,” Dr Kamali said.
“The students epitomize the spirit of HCT by celebrating Emirati traditions and culture on this historic occasion, while also looking to the future with new ideas and innovations which firmly embeds the United Arab Emirates’ in the 21st Century global society.”