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The organizing committee of “Summer in My Country” activities launched its competition programme in cooperation with Dubai Summer Surprises. The competitions include several heritage, sports, cultural, and social activities to be held inside the premises of sports halls, cultural and social centers all over the UAE and sports clubs.
The event line-up was announced during a press conference held on Wednesday, July 1, at the Dubai Sports Council that was attended by , Assistant Secretary General of the Sports ‘&’ Youth General Authority Khalid Al-Midfa; Coordinator General of Dubai Shopping Festival Office Ibrahim Saleh.
Al-Midfa assured that the competitions would continue till the end of July 30 referring to the fact that the programme includes sports and cultural activities as part of creating a new educated and informed generation. He said, “The programme will begin with “my vision” competition that is organized in line with the book of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The competition will review extractions of the book to improve reading skills of students.” He explained that the committee will continue receiving applications till July 25 at the Dubai Municipality Club whilst it will be open for all students in all cultural, social and sports centers in the UAE. The first three winners will be honoured in a final ceremony.
Furthermore, Ibrahim Saleh emphasized the cooperation and the involvement of Dubai Summer Surprises for the first time, stressing the fact that DSS has always aimed at organizing and hosting events that benefit the younger generations since the first edition in 1998. The role of Dubai Summer Surprises in this particular context would concentrate on promoting the events of ï¿½Summer in My country 2009′ he added.
The event also includes various competitions: selecting the best folkloric costume with the heritage competition and another one about selecting the best local dish as well as making local bread and sweets.
The sports activities satisfy the skills of students and are set for boys and girls between 14-20 years. All swimming activities will be held in Dubai Municipality Club and competitors must be able to swim at distances of within the range of 25metres freestyle, 25metres backstroke, 50metres freestyle and 50metres backstroke, pass the medical checkup. The other activities will be held in Al Mamzar Park for boys only and include running and cycling competitions on condition that every team must include 3 competitors including cyclists, swimmers who can swim for at least 200metres, and runners who can run for a distance of 1km.
In addition, Al Dhaid Shooting Club will organize a shooting competition on 26th July on where every social, cultural and sports center will have the right to nominate 5 players to participate; all results will based on the Olympic calculations and the first three winners will obtain prizes. Soccer lovers will have the chance to participate in the football competition at Al Shabab Club in Dubai with teams of 8 members and 2 substitutes. Al Mamzar park will also organize the beach football competition on 28th June for boys and girls between 14-20 years old. Dubai and Sharjah Ladies Clubs will also organize volleyball and basketball competitions for girls on 8th July.