As part of the Abu Dhabi Universityâ€™s (ADU) continuing series of cultural weeks, the ADU Desi Club celebrated the â€˜Desi Cultural Weekâ€™ from 3rd to 7th October.
The Desi Club is a student organization in ADU formed to create a welcoming environment for students of South Asian origin, and promoting the various South Asian cultures in a multi-cultural university that represents over 50 different nationalities.
Ambassadors to the UAE from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh shared the platform as guests of honor at the grand opening of the cultural event on 6th October, which was attended by students, staff and faculty of ADU, and led by the Chairman, His Excellency Ali Bin Harmal Aldahri, Chancellor, Professor Nabil Ibrahim, and College deans.
Unique events and eye catching displays were all part of the Desi Cultural Weekâ€™s appeal. The â€˜Desi Bazaarâ€™ food sampling corner was sponsored by Zari Zardozi Restaurant, a part of NMC Group, and the â€˜Qawaliâ€™ musical show was presented by Nizami Bandhu of New Delhi. The graceful â€˜Ghoomarâ€™ dance was performed under the leadership of Her Highness Rajmatha Goverdan Kumariji of Udaipur, Rajasthan, and a friendly game of cricket was organized by the Pakistani Youth Club. Also, members of the Desi Club actively participated in performances of the Punjabi â€˜Bhangraâ€™ and other traditional dances.
â€œThis cultural week helped me sharpen my leadership skills and made me emerge as a good team player,â€ said Owais Aamir, President of the Desi Club. The Clubâ€™s Vice President, Saim Riyyan Mughal added that â€œit has been a great opportunity for us to share our culture within our multi-cultural communityâ€. Zayed Al Areefi, an Emirati student, said, â€œI really enjoyed the Desi Cultural Week as itâ€™s enlightened us about a colourful and respectful civilizationâ€
Cultural diversity being one of Abu Dhabi Universityâ€™s main strategic goals, the Student Engagement and Development Office (SEDO) is one of the departments that focus on creating development opportunities for the ADU student body through engaging them in social, cultural, and artistic activities to sharpen studentsâ€™ professional and interpersonal skills.