ALHOSN University’s American Corner of Abu Dhabi City is pleased to announce its participation in the Small World event on March 16, 2012 at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Small World is an annual fund raising event that brings together people, residing in the UAE, from various cultural backgrounds. The event started in 2011 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan. Small World is committed to lending a helping hand to the less fortunate, from different parts of the globe. This year all proceeds from the event will be donated to various charities that are fighting child exploitation. Tickets and various promotional items were sold at ALHOSN University’s American Corner two weeks prior to the event.
The Small World event will feature music, dance, food and games designed to help spectators learn more about a variety of countries from around the world.
When ALHOSN University was approached with the idea, they were asked to find an ambassador for their country. ALHOSN’s USA Team leaders Ms. Huda Kindi, Ms. Rekha Pillai, and Ms. Amanda Tinnin immediately chose Mr. Ahmed Al Suwaidi as their representative. According to Ms. Rekha Pillai the decision was simple. “Not only does Ahmed have a deep admiration of America and respect for its culture, but also is dedicated to living out ALHOSN University’s motto of balancing global and local needs. His outstanding leadership abilities inevitably position him as the ideal student to represent ALHOSN University as Small World’s US ambassador.”
Two very different worlds of American music will be represented in the event: spirituals and hip hop; with spirituals representing the desire of a slave to be free and hip hop an expression of daily struggles. “Various communities in the United States have experienced terrible exploitation, much like the youth helped by our charity which helps to stop the abduction of children to be used as soldiers. I wanted to represent part of our (US) cultural heritage that emphasized hope for freedom from such enslavement,” says USA Team Member, Amanda Tinnin.
The USA booth will feature quesadillas, fried tortillas covered in cheese, from the Southwest and Buffalo wings from the Northeast. The food for the event has been chosen because it represents the fusion of cultures that make up the United States.