Traditional dances on display in UAE function
Consul General of the United Arab Emirates Ahmed Mohammed Mangoosh and diplomats from other Gulf countries are pictured during a function to mark the 40th anniversary of the UAE’s independence. (AN photo)
By ROBERTA FEDELE | ARAB NEWS
Published: Dec 3, 2011 01:49 Updated: Dec 3, 2011 01:49
JEDDAH: Consul General of the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia Ahmed Mohammed Mangoosh opened his country’s 40th anniversary of their independence (1971-2011) celebrations on Thursday at Hilton Hotel.
The UAE marks its Independence Day on Dec. 2 and has earmarked celebrations in world’s major cities.
Traditional dances and music that reflect the country’s rich heritage were on display at the joyful and colorful event that was attended by numerous Saudi officials and members of the Saudi and diplomatic community.
Mangoosh said: “Forty years ago the United Arab Emirates won their independence from the British Empire and developed a unique political system within the Arab world. A system based on a constitutional federation of seven emirates having their own local government and a single national president.”
He added: “Our founding father, first President of the Federation Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, immediately stressed the importance of developing a local and foreign policy promoting dialogue, negotiations and partnerships. Following his wise steps the UAE stood the test of time and brought political stability and security to the region.”
The UAE represents today a multicultural, open and progressive society with entrepreneurial spirit, and is one of the largest economy in the Arab world and a strategic political player within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
On relations with Saudi Arabia, the region’s leading state, Mangoosh stressed the deep bonds between the two countries that share similar political views and same Arab-Islamic roots. In the new context of the Arab Spring, the growing political relevance of Gulf countries like UAE and Qatar relies as a matter of fact in the unity of intents and views with Saudi Arabia and in the leadership skills of these states that are filling the political vacuum caused by declining traditional powers in the Arab world.
After the traditional dances, an essential element of the Emirates’ tribal identity during which men re-enacted successful battles or hunting expeditions, the guests were offered a variegated dinner including kabsa, the traditional Arabian rice dish served with different kinds of meat such as chicken, goat, camel and lamb.
“In the era of cultural globalization, it is a national duty to try and preserve the historical treasure based on Bedouin traditions that the Emirates possess,” said Mangoosh.
The soiree ended with a lottery that earned the winner a trip to the Emirates’ most attractive destinations that include the possibility of enjoying UAE’s beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscapes of the desert and various recreational facilities that the country’s main cities offer in abundance.