Dubai: Flash mobs, yacht parade, blood drives, art exhibitions and more – a series of events have been planned by Indian expats and missions in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the 76th Independence Day of the United Arab Emirates India on August 15.
Some female doctors released a video of the Indian national anthem, while another group planned Indian map training and special events for blue-collar celebrations.
The celebrations are held under the theme Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an Indian government initiative to mark India’s independence and the history of its people, culture and achievements. This year, particular emphasis is placed on celebrating the tricolor flag through the Har Ghar Tiranga (Tricolor at Every Home) campaign.
The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai will host the official flag-raising ceremonies on August 15.
India’s Ambassador to the UAE, Sunjay Sudhir, will unfurl the tricolor at the Embassy premises at 7:30 a.m., while India’s Consul General in Dubai, Dr. Aman Puri, will do the same at the consulate in Dubai. The ceremonies will be followed by cultural performances, mission spokespersons told Gulf News.
Various community groups and associations also hold flag-raising ceremonies and other events to celebrate Independence Day.
The dedication of doctors
Ahead of the day, the group Doctors in Sarees (DNS Al Emarat) released a video clip of 53 female doctors wearing the Indian tricolor singing the Indian national anthem.
Dr Sowjanya Muthyala, who coordinated the project, said doctors from various Indian states working in the UAE joined hands to show their patriotism. “All the work for the video was done by us doctors. We are grateful for the quick and positive response from Dubai Municipality and Dubai Hills by Emaar Park,” she said.
Parade of yachts
Another expatriate women’s group from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, called ‘Where in Tamil Nadu (WIT)’, is holding a 50-yacht sailor parade and other celebrations at the port on Sunday. Dubai Marina.
As many as 100 members of the group will form a human map of India and around 1,000 people will take part in the yacht parade, said Merlin Gopi, chairman of WIT.
She said Ansari Basheer, owner of Royal Star Yachts, partnered with the group to organize the parade. “We have decided to organize the parade of 50 yachts as we celebrate both 75 years of India’s independence and the 50th National Day of the United Arab Emirates,” Basheer said.
The parade will start from Dubai Marina Habour at 8:00 am and will include a presentation of various motor sports.
Flashmob in shopping malls
The consulate, in collaboration with Dans Me, had called on Indian dance enthusiasts in the United Arab Emirates to participate in the special ID flash mob. As many as 100 dancers will perform in various malls in Dubai for two days, the mission said.
On Saturday, August 13, performances will take place at the Al Ghurair Center at 6 p.m. and at the Arabian Center at 7:30 p.m. On Independence Day, there will be three performances: at 5:00 p.m. at the Oasis Centre, at 6:30 p.m. at Bur Juman and at 8:00 p.m. in downtown Deira.
The consulate is also organizing a musical tribute to “Mother India” titled “Maa Tujhe Salam” starting at 6 p.m. at the mission auditorium on Friday. The event will be hosted by Music Director and Curator Dev Chakraborty and his team.
The mission hosts an art exhibition titled Divya Chakra 2022 and a poetry event as well to mark Independence Day. The embassy is also hosting a 3-day art exhibition in which paintings by Indian and Emirati artists will be displayed.
Blood donation, competition
The Consulate is organizing a blood donation camp on Friday. The camp will take place from 8am at Latifa Hospital in association with FOI Events. Donors were invited to register via email ID [email protected]
FOI also organizes competitions for students in cultural performances such as group dance, painting, improvisational theater and improvisational speech. The event will take place on Sunday at Bhavans Pearl Wisdom in Dubai.
Events with workers
The consulate has partnered with community groups to also organize Independence Day celebrations with blue-collar workers.
About 1,000 workers are expected to take part in a celebration organized by the Sharjah Indian Association.
The Indian People’s Forum will organize another event for workers in the industrial city of Dubai.
The Indian media fraternity in Dubai is holding a celebration on Sunday evening. It will include the launch of a cricket club for Indian journalists working in the UAE.
Under the patronage of the Embassy, Vertex Events Dubai and Ismaili Center Dubai are organizing Jashn-e-Hind, Kavi Samellan Mushaira on August 21 at the Ismaili Center Auditorium.
The best Urdu and Hindi poets from India and Dubai participate in this Jashn. They include Hasan Kamal, Manzar Bhopali, Shabina Adeeb, Dr Tariq Qamar, Haider Amaan Haider and Sapna Moolchandani. Registration can be done on the Vertex Group website.