“Planting the Union” … a creative display on the sea surface

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, “may God protect him”, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and their Highness Sheikhs, members of the Supreme Council of the Union, Rulers of the Emirates and His Highness the Crown Prince The Vice Rulers and Sheikhs on Wednesday the official celebration of the 49th National Day of the United Arab Emirates, which was held on the island of Jubail – the mangrove forest area in the capital Abu Dhabi, under the slogan «planting the union» under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State «may God protect him».
The ceremony was witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, and His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler Ras Al Khaimah.
The ceremony was also attended by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Mualla, Deputy Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.
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The ceremony was also witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region, Saqr Ghobash, Chairman of the Federal National Council, His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Ain region, His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Surur bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to His Highness the President of the State, and His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office And His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, and a number of sheikhs, ministers, senior officials and representatives of the front lines in the face of Corona.

The leader of the march
Their Highnesses Sheikhs, the members of the Supreme Council, the rulers of the Emirates, and the Highnesses of the Covenants, Deputy Rulers and Sheikhs, raised the highest verses of congratulations and wishes to the Leader of the Blessed Good March, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him” on the occasion of the 49th National Day of the United Arab Emirates. Expressing their pride and pride in the qualitative achievements of the UAE that made it enjoy an advanced position among the countries of the world thanks to the wise leadership of His Highness and his sound approach to everything that is in the good of the country and its progress, and to meet the aspirations and happiness of its people .. and they called upon the Almighty God to preserve His Highness and perpetuate his good health, wellness and long life to continue Leading the renaissance witnessed by the country.
The idea of ​​celebrating this year came in the form of a unique moving and luminous sculpture floating on the sea surface at a height of 15 meters, illuminated with digital images and the effects of fireworks and paragliders.
The title of the show, “Planting the Union”, embodied the vision of the late founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “May God rest his soul”, and his principles and values ​​that formed the basis on which the federation of the UAE was based.
The “Planting the Union” show represented the stages of the development of the United Arab Emirates since its establishment on the 2nd of December 1971, while shedding light on its progression over a period of 49 years. The presentation also dealt with the principles and values ​​that have been a torch by which the state has been illuminated since its inception, namely: wisdom, optimism, fortitude, determination, union, ambition and unity.
The details of the presentation included paragraphs that shed light on the role of the founding fathers of the state and the efforts of the workers in the first line of defense and their sacrifices in order to preserve the safety of community members during the period of the “Covid-19” pandemic .. Also, community members, citizens and residents, participated in the official celebration through video clips. Recorded for participants of various nationalities while performing the national anthem of the United Arab Emirates, and the clips were shown during the ceremony in the form of a group performance, where the organizing committee for the celebration was launched. The campaign “Live My Country” was launched on November 23, during which the audience was invited to participate with recordings of them while performing the national anthem .
The creative presentation was designed by a team of experienced Emiratis in cooperation with the international artistic director S Devlin, who had previously participated in the design of several international shows, during which the music was combined with language and light, while the organizers sought through the unique artistic show that was held in the mangrove area in Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi to transmit a message of hope and optimism to all of humanity.
Against a luminous background that reflects the skyline of Abu Dhabi … this year’s celebration focused on a unique and moving sculpture that floats on the surface of the sea, in the form of a cube bearing the name “Planting the Union,” 15 meters high, “equivalent to a 5-storey building.” The cube reveals four Designs engraved on each side are seed, bud, flower and seed spread.
One of S Devlin’s most characteristic work is the rotating cube, as she has used it in a variety of contexts, locations, and scales.
In the first scene, titled “Desert Dream”, the cube lit up with a scene of desert sand accompanied by the narrator’s voice, who began explaining the scene in a poetic way. Then a boy appeared carrying a smaller copy of the sculpture that he had planted with a seed indicating the emergence of the union .. and on the larger sculpture there appeared a display of the seed beating With life, it turns into a bud, then into a flower, and finally its seeds are scattered everywhere .. The scene was punctuated by fireworks, in addition to a performance by a team of performing artists in the Emirati national costume.
The second scene under the title “Planting the Union” dealt with the stages of the development of the UAE federation, as the performing artists gathered around the sculpture at the moment when the names of the seven Emirates began to light up, accompanied by pictures of the founding fathers who founded the federation in 1971, and the seven main values ​​presented by the narrator.
In the third scene, which was called “the national anthem”, video clips of people from all walks of life were shown performing the national anthem of the UAE “in a virtual collective choral performance”, all of which gradually transformed into drawing the flag of the UAE on the sculpture .. These coordinated recordings included the contributions of community members. Shared with the organizing committee after launching the “Live My Country” campaign.
The fourth scene was titled “Our Leadership”, which focused on the strength of the union and its established values ​​under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him” and his brothers, the Sheikhs, the rulers of the Emirates who inspire society with their words and deeds, affirming the originality of the history of the Emirates and the strength of the union It is rooted in the ambition and determination of the people of the Emirates, in addition to the role that every individual has to elevate their position.
As for the fifth scene, it was titled “The Pride of the Nation”, which showed testimonies in several languages ​​to seven individuals who represent the first line of defense and who sacrificed themselves for the sake of the safety of society during the “Covid-19” pandemic .. The image of each hero in the first line of defense was displayed on the sculpture as if it were engraved. In stone, to express the strength that they derived from the values ​​of the UAE … and represent the sacrifices made by these people and the experiences of thousands of health care workers, emergency personnel, and essential service providers, who have spent the most precious and precious and showed unparalleled heroism in order to maintain safety UAE society and its safety.
The list of first line defense champions included Amal Badr Al Busaidi, head of the technical support unit at the Emirates Red Crescent in Abu Dhabi, Iris Ina Diel, a nurse at the Expo Sharjah field hospital, Israa Al Agha, a student at the Medical College and a volunteer at Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah, and Habib Saif. Kings, an ambulance driver in Sharjah, Captain Majid Ali Al Amiri, Vice President of Fujairah Port and a member of the Local Executive Committee for Crisis and Emergency Management, Dr. Sawsan Saleh, a general practitioner in Ras Al Khaimah, and Staff Sergeant Mohammed Al Salloum, who leads the medical services department in the services department General in Ras Al Khaimah Police.
The sixth scene was titled “Everything is Possible”, which presented the accomplishments of four Emiratis whose childhood dreams turned into a tangible reality, in addition to presenting an inspiring speech to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, on the importance of the role of youth in building the state. Then the scene reviewed the aspirations of each From Hazza Al Mansoori, First Emirati Astronaut, Sarah Al Amiri, Team Leader for the UAE Mission to Explore Mars “Probe of Hope”, Dr. Fatima Al Kaabi, pioneer of stem cell therapy for “Covid-19” patients, and Sheikha Al Qasimi, a martial arts player with Down Syndrome, Which carried the torch of hope in the Special Olympics World Games “Abu Dhabi 2019”.
The seventh scene under the title “The Legacy of Unity” focused on solidarity across religions, drawing on his inspiration from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who promoted the values ​​of tolerance, peaceful coexistence and cooperation between different peoples and cultures .. and reflected on the sculpture, pictures that tell the UAE’s completion of this march by establishing. The Abrahamic Family House “on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.
As the presentation drew to a close, and in the closing scene, the presentation included a glimpse of the most important achievements of the Emirati arms, in order to foresee a promising future in which the UAE would assume a leading global position in various fields, including medical research, environmental sustainability and renewable energy.
The official celebration was concluded with a display of fireworks and drones, inaugurating the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the United Arab Emirates.
The Organizing Committee expressed its thanks to the institutions that provided support for organizing the visual presentation, including the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Jubail Island Investment Company, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Media, Nirvana Travel and Tourism Company and Tornado Group.
In line with the preventive and precautionary measures and measures followed by the UAE, the committee was keen to apply the highest health and safety standards to ensure the safety of all participants in the event .. This included conducting continuous checks, “Covid-19”, for all teams and crews participating in the show.
The ceremony was watched by spectators from all over the country and around the world – which is one of the most beautiful performances held on the land of the United Arab Emirates – while the ceremony was broadcast live for the audience to follow in line with the preventive and precautionary measures taken by the UAE to confront the “Covid-19” pandemic.

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