Dubai International Academy celebrates cultural diversity

Published March 8th, 2010 - 10:44 GMT

Dubai International Academy (DIA) celebrated its annual International Day on 4th March with exciting performances by students that showcased a myriad of cultures from around the world.

An ambience of fun and friendship prevailed at the school grounds, as students, parents and staff contributed towards a memorable evening of cultural entertainment and community bonding. While students took centre stage at an open air concert featuring songs and dances, parents took charge of proceedings elsewhere by manning country stalls that offered a glimpse of customs and cuisines from different nations.

It was indeed a grand global get together of families and children, who added to the excitement and colour of International Day by participating in their national costumes and traditional attire.

Commenting on the occasion, Poonam Bhojani, Director of Dubai International Academy, said: “International Day is an eagerly awaited event in the school calendar, it celebrates cultural diversity with a fusion of food, fashion and flags. It has been possible to host this annual event thanks to the close collaboration between pupils, DIA staff and our parent community, especially the tireless efforts of PADIA, the Parents Association of DIA”.

The evening’s spotlight fell on traditional and latest dance performances by students representing different countries including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, India, Iran, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and the UAE. 

Other key attractions included the 39 different country stalls with cuisine from all corners of the globe. The stalls run by parents, featured handicraft and exotic dishes including those from Cape Verde, Hungary, Jordan, Liberia, Poland and Singapore. The traditional tent of the UAE was a big hit, with visitors getting to taste local cuisine prepared on the spot.

Participating parents commended the organisers for hosting another successful International Day, and said the event provided parents, pupils and teachers with an excellent opportunity to interact and learn more about different cultures, as well as strengthen the school’s multicultural environment.

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