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Kharareef Writing Contest Opens for Submissions February 19th


The SMCCU has partnered with ZUKharareef Story Telling Club and Sheikha AlYazia bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan’s ZOWD Foundation for the First Annual New Fairytales & Fables from the UAE Writing Competition. Last November, the contest idea won in the heritage category of the ZU Innovation Awards, and is the brainchild of ZUKharareef  Club President Noor Abdul Hamaid.  The SMCCU  has provided its expertise to the implementation strategy of the contest, and  details of the competition  and school  registration can be found on our website at www.cultures.ae/index.php/writing-contest . The contest is  meant to celebrate the art of storytelling within the Emirati local traditions and our participation and support in this cultural literacy project and reading initiative are part  The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, and the Year of Reading Project.

The concept of the contest is meant to connect our educational communities, celebrate Emirati heritage and culture, and contribute to HH Sheikh Mohammed’s efforts to encourage reading and writing in Arabic.  Students will be asked to compose their own “fairytales and fables” less than 500 words, in Arabic or English, that reflect the 40 themes chosen by the contest organizers.  These themes will focus on Emirati values and character traits, encourage  these values and/ or discourage values and behaviors inconsistent with Emirati culture. The competition will be held for grades 7-12 with groupings in English for grades 7-9 and 10-12 and the same categories will apply in Arabic.    Schools are required to host an internal competition and we encourage them to include all their grades in that process. Topics and themes will be announced on  February 19th, 2016, the opening day of the contest and submission deadline is March 19th, 2016 which coincides with World Story Telling Day 2016.

Winners will have their story illustrated and published in a short story book.

From the story Mile, a collection of short stories written by students at Zayed University

“Aiisha and the Gaf Tree”, a collection of short stories written by students at Zayed University

 

 

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Spirit of the Union 44th National Day Treasures of the UAE 2015 Art Competition Awards


In honor of the Spirit of the Union 44th National Day Celebration, the SMCCU honors the winners of the its 4th Annual Treasures of the UAE Art Competition.  Winners and their families attended a private viewing of the artwork that will be displayed in the SMCCU during the month of December 2015.  The awards ceremony followed and included a cultural program and lunch, a tour of the Al Fahidi historic district and Diwan Mosque, and awarding of prizes.  The winners took away a package of prizes worth 1000AED each, and their artwork is now featured in the 2016 Treasures of the UAE Calendar available at the SMCCU.  Each month two winners will be featured in the Hijri-Gregorian calendar.

This year more than 550 students entered the competition from 53 schools across the UAE.  Managing Director, Nasif Kayed hosted the event along with volunteers from the SMCCU.  “Our aim is to spotlight the many historic sites and monuments across the UAE in an effort to bring about knowledge and appreciation of  our rich culture and history.  It is also an opportunity for students to express their creative talents.”, said Mr. Kayed.

The Emirates Fine Arts Society once again graciously donated their time in choosing our winning artists, and Yas Water World, Nestle and Explorer generously sponsored the competition this year.

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SMCCU’s 4th Annual Treasures of the UAE Art Competition Judging


The Emirates Fine Arts Society members have been busy this week reviewing the more than 550 pieces of artwork received from 53 schools across the UAE.  IMG_5821This year we had entries from schools in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi, Sharjah. Al Ain and Fujairah.  Students were asked to depict their favorite historic site, and submit their works for a change to win a place in our 2016 Treasures of the UAE Art Competition Calendar.  The calendar will feature 24 winners whose works will make up the 12 Gregorian and 12 Hijri months of the this Arabic/English calendar.  This year our sponsor, Yas Water World, Nestle, and Explorer have generously provided their support through prizes worth up to 1000AED for the winners.  Our Judges, Khalil Abdul Wahid, Curator of the 30th Annual exhibition of Emirates fine Arts Society 2012 at Sharjah Art Museum and Visual Arts Manager at  The Culture and Arts Authority, Muna AbdulQader AlAli, Member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society and Nasir A. Nasralla, Member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society generously donated their time to choosing our winners.  All winners and their families will be honored at the SMCCU’s National Day Celebrations in the Al Fahidi Historic District of Dubai on December 2nd,2015.    We’ve put together a Participants book, which can be viewed below.

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Martyr’s Day Announced for November 30th, 2015


The President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has announced that November 30th will be an official uae-71940holiday and the annual commemoration day for our fallen soldiers and citizens who have given their lives in the UAE and abroad in the field of civil, military and humanitarian service.

Martyr’s Day is meant to pay tribute to the martyrs, acknowledging them as role models who sacrificed themselves and led the way for other Emirati youth to follow their legacy to defend sovereignty and independence and protect national and cultural gains of the homeland as well as the principles of justice and peace.

History

The first Emirati Soldier to die in the line of duty was Salem Suhail bin Khamis, on November 30 in 1971,

Salem Suhail bin Khamis,  first Martyr of the UAE

Salem Suhail bin Khamis, first Martyr of the UAE

during the “battle of the Greater Tunb” against Iranian forces shortly before the UAE’s formation. Bin Khamis had led a six-member police force on Greater Tunb, invaded by Iran on the eve of Federation. He had refused to lower the flag of Ras Al Khaimah, and the invaders killed him for his defiance. On the 30th of November, Martyrs Day will be observed and all Martyr’s including the more than 50 that have fallen during “Operation Restoring Hope” in Yemen will be honored.

Our Leaders

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also reminds us of the mothers who have lost their sons, and has mentioned on several occasions the importance of honoring the families of our heroes for their sacrifice and support given to their children in military service.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed said that “the martyrs of UAE are still alive among us and in our hearts as their memory is immortalized in our minds by their sacrifices, honor and good behavior inspiring generations, illuminating the way for them, giving them determination and strong will as well as the values of loyalty and patriotism without which there is no dignity for nations.”
Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, ordered that a square be dedicated in honor of the servicemen. Building of a monument is proposed to honor those who died in the line of duty is to be inaugurated on Martyrs’ Day. Sharjah will be installing a martyrs’ monument on Maliha Road, near the Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy, and a road in Sharjah University City will be renamed Martyr’s Road.

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Students Celebrate UAE National Day at the “Treasures of the UAE” Art Competition 2014


As a part of the 42nd National Day Celebrations, the SMCCU held its second annual “Treasures of the UAE” Art Competition 2013 Awards Ceremony in the the historic Al Fahidi District of Dubai.  Young artists between the ages of 7- 18 years were asked to submit original current art work depicting one of the historic sites across the UAE. 61 schools participated,  and submitted up to 12 artworks divided by age group. Our Judges this year from the Emirates Fine Arts Society, reviewed 283 submissions and chose 24 winners whose artwork is now featured in the Treasures of the UAE 2014 Calendar.

The awards ceremony was attended by the winning artists and their families along with school representatives, judges, and sponsors. Our generous sponsors this year, Nestle, Wild Wadi, Pepsico, and Jones, Lang LaSalle helped to make this year’s competition a success.  We would also like to thank all of those who  participated including volunteers, support staff team, Lucy, Debbie, Caroline, Yvette, Jess & Joyce. Together, we further our joint aim of highlighting the rich history and humble beginnings of this great nation we all call home.  The SMCCU is keen to raise awareness through many such events about the local culture, traditions and religion of the UAE. As a part of the celebrations, 120+ guests were treated to an Emirati cultural meal and explanation of the traditions surrounding food and honoring guests.  The meal was followed by a visit to the historic Diwan Mosque, where our Managing Director, Nasif Kayed, explained the significance of the mosque in the daily lives of Emiratis and muslims worldwide.

One of our visitors had this to say about the event:

Just a small note to express my gratitude for a  time well spent  this morning at the ‘treasures of the UAE ‘ presentation ceremony.

Although I am a regular visitor to Bastakhiya as an architect and a keen amateur photographer , it is the first time I visited SMCCU at the invitation of my brother as my nephew was one of the prize recipients.

I was impressed by the general courtesy ,hospitality and the friendliness of everybody from the top man to the servers! Enjoyed the meal and the explanation of the culture and customs that came along with it. The English explanations of the youngsters were flawless and everything was conducted with passion and in keeping with the motto – ‘open doors, open minds!’

Organizations such as yours are the answer to the current world in turmoil –  that brings cultures and beliefs together , endorsing ,- that understanding  and respect for each other are of prime importance for peace in humanity.

Thank you and wish you every success to opening doors and minds effectively and prolifically !!

Antonio Dias, Gems Modern School

View the Winning Artwork or our Participants Booklet

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Schools Spend the Day at SMCCU to Experience Local Culture


Several schools, including JESS Arabian Ranches, and Collegiate American have chosen to spend the day with SMCCU to learn more about local culture and architecture.   The historic district along the Dubai Creek is an excellent backdrop for students to study the traditional domiciles of the old neighborhoods that  tradesmen and local tribes called home.  The area which includes the Old Fahidi Fort dates back to the late 17th century, and the Sheikh Saeed Maktoum House along with homes in the trading village date back to the turn of the 19th century. Prior to these more permanent Coral and Stone Homes, which are marked by their magnificent  WindTowers, locals built traditional Areesh homes made from the date palm, as well as Bedouin Tents weaved from goat hair.  Students had a chance to learn about how the indigenous people survived in such a harsh environment through ingenuity and use of locally found materials.   They also took the opportunity to sketch the area and will use their drawings to compete in the “Treasures of the UAE” Art Competition whose winners will be announced on National Day.

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