Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On 21st December 2011, Wednesday evening, the Christians of Abu Dhabi had joyous and blessed time in the National Theatre in Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE along with the Minister of Education and Scientific Research, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan who was the Patron of the event.

The main theme of this event was to celebrate Christmas and the formation of the nation. It was a wonderful evening that was host to over 2500 people from seven registered churches from Abu Dhabi gathered in the National Theatre.

As first of its kind, Abu Dhabi was host to connecting two joyous occasions, National Day and Christmas. It was a moment of honor and joy for all the Christians who had gathered together in the hall, as there was not only one race of people gathered in the hall, it was a cluster of people gathered together from every corner of the world under one roof in the National Theatre in Abu Dhabi.
The Minister in his speech quoted that the event is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on belief, religion and toleration and also said how the Holy Quran teaches the Muslims that there should be no discrimination of other beliefs and on the occasion of the 40th National Day how the citizens of UAE are indebted to His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, for his great vision and wisdom. As he concluded he appreciated the contribution of all Christians for the success of UAE in the past 40 years and lastly said, “True faith share common vision.”

The event mainly was to show the cooperation and cohesion between the Christians and Muslims, for the freedom the Christians are receiving since the formation of UAE. After the persuasive message of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, there was a couple of interesting eye catching events organized by some of the churches, one of them being the Nativity Tableau by the Mar Thoma Church which portrayed the story of the Bible regarding the formation of man and the Birth of Jesus Christ. The Mar Thoma church, through the technique of Shadow Play delivered the first half of the message and followed by an interesting drama.

For almost two hours the hall was filled with the ambience and spirit of celebration of Christmas and the 40th National day.

By Thomson George