This was the last full week of August, and there was plenty to do in Dubai. Nancy Ajram performed at Modhesh World on Monday as part of Dubai Summer Surprises, while Friday marks the very first annual Emirati Women’s Day. Also the folks at A4 Space at Alserkal Avenue wrap up their summer film this week with three showings of Davandeh.
Nancy Ajram at Modhesh World
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Dubai Summer Surprises has been hosting some of the world’s hottest singers since it began a few weeks ago, and this week it was Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram’s turn to perform. The multi-platinum artist sang at Modhesh World on Monday, entertaining children and their families. Although she has released multiple hit albums targeting adults, she has also released two albums of pop songs for children, never forgetting her smallest fans.
The National published an interview with Nancy Ajram on Wednesday. She loves performing for children and said it is very important to her, not only as a person but also as an artist. She sees a child’s love as “the purest kind of love” because they haven’t built up any barriers, they say what they feel, and they’re brave. When Nancy Ajram writes for children, she focuses on the messages of the songs like advising children to listen to their parents or not to write on walls.
One of Nancy Ajram’s next projects is The Voice Kids, which will be broadcast on MBC later this year. Fittingly, she will be appearing as a judge and a mentor on the show. She is also currently working on her new album Nancy 9 and will be heading to Abu Dhabi sometime before the end of the year. She didn’t give a date or venue yet because the organizers are not yet ready to release any information about the show.
Emirati Women’s Day
Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, proclaimed the first Emirati Women’s Day on Friday to honor the mothers of fallen UAE military members. She called women of soldiers “models of women” who “keep the country’s flag high and soaring between the nations,” reports The National. She also called them “the badge of honor.”
On Monday, there will be another commemoration event at the General Women’s Union headquarters in Abu Dhabi to honor the mothers of those who were martyred in Yemen during the military operations there.
Davandeh (The Runner) at A4 Space
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A4 Space at Alserkal Avenue has been hosting a film series called “Here Comes the Sun” all summer long, and the series comes to an end on Friday with the final showing of Davandeh. The film tells the story of an orphan named Amiro who lives on an abandoned ship in the port city of Abadan. His passion is running, and he takes care of his basic needs by shining shoes or bringing people a drink of cool water. Underneath the surface, Amiro is angry about his intellectual and social poverty, but he channels this energy by having an open mind toward life’s fullness.
A4 showed the 1984 Farsi-language drama on Wednesday and Thursday nights and has a third showing on Friday night at 7 p.m.