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Fun, shopping and more

Lily B. Libo-on / 17 June 2012

Dubai families and visitors are in for a big treat of fun, shopping and culture rolled into one this Dubai Summer Surprises.

Charina Pinto, Filipino mother of  two, said that her family will be watching Modhesh Circus, the Stolen Smile Circus Show and its Musical Show. “My two sons, Edgar, 5, and Joshua, 8, have enjoyed the shows two days back and want to see them again,” she said.

Hannah Mohammed, 15-year-old Bahraini, said she will be going to Modhesh World at the Dubai World Trade Center for the shows and horse and camel riding, science planetarium and Modhesh Souq. “This is my first time to see Modhesh World, and I am excited to see what is in there other than entertainment.”

At the various malls in the emirate, events for the DSS take different forms. Emirati traditions are at centre stage at the Min Bladi Al Emarat in Dubai Mall’s Star Atrium, where folkloric festivity is going on since June 14 from 4pm onwards. Min Bladi Al Emarat is featuring Heritage Oasis, Traditional Craftsmen, Hospitality Tent and traditional shows. Competition for traditional products like Arab perfumes and traditional food products are also going on.

Omair Ibrahim Saleh, a UAE national student volunteer offering support to the staging of Min Bladi Al Emarat, said: “I have been participating in this event since 2001. I am very pleased with my experience throughout these years. Min Bladi aims at raising awareness among visitors, residents as well as my fellow locals about the heritage, customs and traditions of the UAE. I believe this DSS event is an effective platform for the exchange of cultures and it instills a sense of identity among the young generations. It is indeed my privilege to volunteer in conveying to the mall visitors a clear-cut, all-embracing image of the deeply-rooted traditions of our forefathers.”

Ayallah Band performances, henna tattoo application and falcon photo sessions are among the popular attractions at the Min Bladi Al Emarat. Saudi Arabian visitor Mohammed  bin Faisal Al Naqbi told Khaleej Times that this is his first opportunity to shop and win along with enjoying many attractions and performances. “I really love this because you get all at one time.”

In Mercato,  World of Stories has attracted the children of families shopping in the mall. Mohammed Ali, 12, said his mum is with him shopping around for new clothes for the coming Ramadan. “But, seeing lots of children around, I joined in. I loved it,” he said.

In Al Ghurair, aspiring young fashionistas have the opportunity at getting the basic of designing with the mall teaming up with Barbie this DSS, in a showcase called “I Can Be a Fashion Designer”.

“I have been dreaming to become a fashion designer one day, and watching a fashion show from the dressing up to styling, making up of the hair and putting on the accessories until the models get to the ramp is something very special to me. I will not miss this opportunity to watch it come June 21,” Nadia Veloso, a Filipina teenager said.

More shows and events are coming up in the days to come until July 14.  This DSS is expected to again fill the atmosphere with exciting shows, fun, winning excitement and shopping.

lily@khaleejtimes.com

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