Ajman residents enthusiastic about celebrations

Party time in Ajman brings together enthusiastic residents who all agree that Tuesday was a day to be proud of.
A vendor selling balloons at the Ajman Corniche on National Day. Pawan Singh / The National
A vendor selling balloons at the Ajman Corniche on National Day. Pawan Singh / The National

AJMAN // It might be the smallest emirate in the union, but residents of Ajman made up for their home’s lack of size with their outright enthusiasm for the 43rd National Day celebrations.

Despite the inclement weather, crowds still flocked to the Corniche to enjoy the public holiday by relaxing at the beach, walking by the sea or by visiting nearby restaurants with friends and family.

As well as being a time of great pride for Emiratis, National Day was also a chance for expatriates from the Middle East to show their love for their home away from home.

“I am Palestinian, but the UAE is my second homeland so I feel so proud while celebrating the National Day,” said Mootaz Shaaban, who has lived in Ajman since his parents moved here when he was a year old.

Now 27, he – like so many others – celebrated by decorating his car in the UAE colours and participating in parades and events with his friends, singing traditional songs about the spirit of the union.

“I express my joy towards the nation that gave us a lot and I offer to the UAE my joy through my participation in events and parades,” said Mr Shaaban, who works as a graphic designer and puts his skills to good use each year by creating more elaborate decorations for his car.

“Everyone’s participation in the celebration is a proof of people’s love for this country,” he added.

Kamel Emad Abdalbari said that UAE National Day is a great time when all of the residents of the seven emirates can be united in celebration.

“I was born and raised here and I knew the history of the country through my parents,” the 26-year-old Palestinian said. “The union of all the emirates is something that makes all Arabs proud, not only Emirati people.”

Mr Abdalbari, who works in public relations, participates in the celebrations every year and joins in the parades of vehicles through Ajman’s streets as “it is an occasion for all citizens and residents”.

As well as the unofficial procession of cars, a parade of school buses adorned with UAE colours took to Corniche streets while traditional celebrations were held at the Heritage Village and Cultural Centre.

roueiti@thenational.ae

Published: December 2, 2014 04:00 AM

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