The American Corner of Abu Dhabi City, a resource center for US history, culture, policy and business hosted by ALHOSN Univeristy, participated in the Small World 2013 festival which was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on November 30th, 2013 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development.
This is the third installment of Small World, an annual fundraiser that gathers people residing in the UAE from various ethnic backgrounds to support the less fortunate, especially among children. This year’s theme “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” focused on the issue of child labor, garnered the support of international celebrities such as Puerto Rican pop musician, Ricky Martin whose foundation advocates for children’s rights and their wellbeing. Joining Mr. Martin in lending their support to the cause were Syrian chanteuse Assala and Lebanese entertainer Tony Hanna who both performed on stage. Lebanese TV personality Nishan served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
The event commenced with a flag parade led by the representatives of each country. The event introduced performances representing various countries including the USA, UAE, Puerto Rico, Spain, Brazil, Jordan, Lebanon, Belarus, Colombia, Greece, India, Mexico, Sudan and the Philippines. This year’s USA participation featured an electrifying light show by the artistic group LED IT BURN. The high-tech performance featured dancers decked out in LED outfits who dazzled the audience by brandishing saber-like gadgets which when swerved magically displayed both the UAE and US flags. ALHOSN’s US Team was represented by Ms. Salma Aboulela, Ms. Huda Kindi, Ms. Rekha Pillai, Dr. Adnan Husnéin, and Ms. Nour Abukhalil who led the flag parade for the USA.
The American Corner of Abu Dhabi City managed to raise 15,900 dirhams for this good cause.