On the 25th of November the National day celebration was held at Raha International School to honor 24 years of the UAE’s success.
The day started off with a morning assembly at the senior pitch, which began with a marching band from Abu Dhabi Police that played the national anthem for the audience at the assembly. This was followed by a recital of a verse from the holy Quran. Ms. Marian Rossiter, head of secondary school, gave a short speech to give a warm welcome to everyone. The assembly concluded with the UAE national clothing being showcased, and the Yola (the Emirati national dance) was performed.
Parents, teachers, and students spent the day going to different stands for food, henna, and camel rides. Most people seemed to enjoy the traditional Arabic dumplings which are also known as lugaimat. Students and teachers had much to say about this very special day;
Michel King, Raha teacher and parent mentioned: “I think this is a fabulous opportunity for our school to come together as a community in this unique part of the world, and it is a great way for the students to share new ways of culture and heritage.”
As the day carried on people began to discuss and ask questions to local students at the school about national day and its importance. Ahmed Al Mansoori, grade 11 diploma student at Raha International School answered “National day is a very important event because it marks one of the most revolutionary events in Emirati history because this is an event that changed our country and it is what made it become so successful and began a new era of development.”
The day turned out to be a great success thanks to Ms. Wafaa Marwan, PYP/MYP teacher and the organiser of national day. She put lots of time effort into the organisation of the event and said to Raha Voice that it is respectful to celebrate national day to show appreciation towards the country that we live in and it is a fun way of educating our students about the very special day.
“RIS is a school in Abu Dhabi, which has locals and everyone likes the celebration of national day. As an international school, we do this celebration for our students, so that they can learn about this national day and Emirati culture.”
The National day celebration was a very successful, entertaining, and educational event about the culture of the United Arab Emirates.