ALHOSN’s ‘Weird Trick’ play uses theatre to hone skills of students

Published May 16th, 2010 - 11:36 GMT

Visiting schools were highly impressed by the organization and educational value of a play titled ‘Weird Trick’ performed recently by students of ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education. The presentation reflected ALHOSN’s use of non-academic activities such as theatre to provide unique learning and talent-building environments for its students.


‘Weird Trick,’ which enlightened viewers on the value of cooperation between friends, was performed by students who are currently taking the education technology and teaching tools course, Department of Education at the university’s Women’s Campus. It was supervised by Dr Mohammed Said Hasab Elnabi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Education, and was attended by ALHOSN Vice Chancellor and CEO Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Provost Dr Hamdi Sheibani, and several university faculty, staff, and students. Teachers and students from Al Nahda National School, ManhalSchool and Hamel Al Ghaith School were also invited to watch the play.

“We received a lot of praise from our guests from various schools about the excellent learning experience provided by ‘Weird Trick,’ not only for the audience but most especially for its aspiring thespians. They also noted that the play was obviously prepared well and involved a lot of teamwork. We look forward to producing more of such activities based on the positive response they have been receiving and the unique ways they enhance the confidence, knowledge and communication skills of our students,” said Dr El Nabi, Assistant Professor of the Department of Education, ALHOSNUniversity.

After the performance, Dr Elnabi also gave a speech thanking Prof. Sabouni and Dr Sheibani for their full support for various student activities. He discussed the need to use innovative teaching methods such as ‘Theatrical Curriculum’ that go beyond traditional teaching methods and match the learning needs and styles of students.

Prof. Sabouni delivered a speech thanking the audience and congratulating the students for preparing the successful play.  He also commended Dr Elnabi for his outstanding supervision. The Vice Chancellor emphasized the importance of theatre and other extra-curricular events in encouraging creativity and the spirit of hard work among students, pointing out that many university achievers are involved in such activities. He ended by wishing the audience the best of luck and hoping for continuous progress for ALHOSN and for the UAE.


Since opening to students of all nationalities in 2005, ALHOSNUniversity has been implementing unique learning strategies to fulfill its promise of ‘Global knowledge with local vision.’ The University offers 11 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences.

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