Yesterday, Dubai Women Establishment, Dubai Ladies Club & The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, celebrated the auspicious day of Hag Al Leilah with the young children of employees together with students from Jumeirah Model School, guests from the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development and The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Over 60 children dressed in traditional clothes were cordially greeted by the Club’s management and handed out sweets & candy in goody bags; and also encouraged to sing popular songs to receive additional gifts and blessings.
On the instance, Shamsa Saleh, CEO of Dubai Women Establishment, said, "As one of the oldest UAE traditions, Hag Al Laila marks a milestone in the life of every Emirati child, as it helps instil important values of generosity, hospitality and strong sense of community from a young age. Dubai Women Establishment is committed to keeping this invaluable aspect of our culture alive, that not only contributes to the character-building of future generations, but also strengthens of our national identity."
For her part, Lamia Abdulaziz Khan, Director of Dubai Ladies Club reiterated the Club's sustained promise to hosting special cultural gatherings for the community. She said, "We are delighted to host this special celebration for another year. Dubai Ladies Club's focus has always been to reinforce our place in the fabric of the communities we serve and by sharing the attractive occasion of Hag Al Laila, we wanted to affirm that we as a corporation espouse the same values that are synonymous to this auspicious day."
Furthermore, Mona Bin Kalli, Director of The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commented, “The UAE is proud of it rich culture that is also the source of the noble characteristics that make our adored nation a leader not only across the region but also internationally. Our objectives from this event was to keep this part of our cultural heritage alive in the hearts and minds of the community, thereby enriching our arts and cultural community further."