Celebrations in recognition of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak “Mother of the Nation” President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Higher Family Development Foundation commenced yesterday (Monday) on Abu Dhabi University’s campus. Held under the theme “Thank you…Mother of the Nation”, the annual festival aims to commemorate Her Highness’s role in supporting education, health, and environmental issues, as will as shed light on Her commitment to advancing women’s role in society their participation in building the United Arab Emirates.
Commenting on the significance of the celebrations, H.E Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri Chairman of Abu Dhabi University’s Executive Board asserted that these celebrations embody our gratitude and appreciation for H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak “Mother of the Nation” President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Higher Family Development Foundation. “H.H Sheikha Fatima’s played a leading role in the empowerment of Emirati women and building families. Her Highness prioritized both aspects over the past decades, which made H.H “Mother of the Nation” a role model and an advocate for Emirati women, constantly encouraging them on being active partners in the process of cultural renaissance witnessed by our nation in various fields. Hence, it is our duty at Abu Dhabi University as well as other educational institutions to highlight Her Highness’ unique role and message to younger generations, so they may realize the magnitude of Her actions developmental in various fields”, said Bin Harmal.
Bin Harmal went on to explain that the University’s keenness in organizing the annual celebrations which coincide with Mother’s Day, is to provide students the opportunity to express their loyalty and gratitude for the chartable deeds of H.H Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak. Bin Harmal added: “This year’s festival will highlight some of Her Highness’ many achievements which made history in the advancement of women in the UAE, allowing them to be shining leading examples in education and the work place. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima has played a prominent role helping Emirati women throughout the years, starting with Her support of the efforts of the UAE’s Founding Father the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in building our beloved nation and ensuring that women are key partners in the nation building process. Our “Thank you…Mother of the Nation” celebrations is a humble way of honoring Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, so we have also a launched a social media campaign and an application on Abu Dhabi University’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, that provide the community with a unique platform to voice out their appreciation to “Mother of the Nation”.
The first day of the “Thank You… Mother of the Nations” celebrations included a poetry recital by the Emirati club students entitled “Mother of the Nation”, a sand drawing performance by Artist Shaima Al Mugairy, and a Yola performance by “Al Mazyood” artists. Celebrations tonight (Tuesday) will include a poetry session hosting poets: Hamad bin Ghalaita, Hamid Dereay, Ahmed bin Suwaidan Al Dhaheri, Rashid Alzahli, Saleh AlJashmaey, and Ahmed bin Slari.
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