In commemoration of the 42nd UAE National Day, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi organized in collaboration with the French Alliance a concert on its campus in Reem Island, Abu Dhabi with French Lebanese artist Abaji accompanied by the Bayt al Oud band.
Musician and singer Abaji who was born in Lebanon to a Greek mother and an Armenian Syrian Father performed some of his most famous songs, including Beirut Paris and the Bedouin spirit. The audience also enjoyed the sound of the Oud and oriental music played by the Bayt al Oud group, featuring a breathtaking performance of some of the most beautiful music pieces from Arab and international heritage and folklore.
Professor Eric Fouache, PSUAD Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the UAE leadership, government and people on the 42nd UAE national day and on winning the Expo 2020. He noted that the UAE has become a world-class model in modernity and sophistication, as well as a model of rapid growth based on clear and scientific principles. He added that the UAE achievements are a huge step forward on the journey of advancement and overall sustainable development that fosters its outstanding position and active presence regionally and internationally.
Fouache emphasized PSUAD’s commitment to continue on the road to excellence through a new push for learning and for educating the next academically and socially skills generation to lead the country towards further advancement and sustainable development in the country, based mainly on the will to form people capable of realizing the impossible, anchoring the values and building a modern and solid country. He pointed to the fact that Abu Dhabi represents a unique model of growth in all sectors, including social welfare, education, culture, tourism, industry and services.
On the other hand the Director of the French Alliance in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Jean-Yves Carnino, underlined the privileged relation between the UAE and France, commending the visionary leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al Maktoum, UAE vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, and HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces. He expressed the friendship and appreciation that the French people have towards the UAE government and people.
He added that the relations between the two countries in various sectors were based on solid grounds. He gave the example of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and PSUAD. Figures also indicate that the volume of French investments in the UAE constitutes half of the overall investment in the Gulf region. Indeed, the French Emirati relations, like all other relations the UAE has, are based on mutual respect and appreciation, for the UAE is a leading model in development and external aid to development and is working on anchoring stability both regionally and internationally.
The internationally renowned artist, Abaji, for his part, said that the UAE is considered among the best success stories in the Arab world and the Middle East. This success was made possible through the adoption of a clear strategy focused on the UAE human resources. Indeed the country is considered among the fastest growing and most dynamic. It has registered high sustainable development rates, achieved happiness, satisfaction and wellbeing to its citizens. It has positioned itself regionally and internationally among the most advanced, prosperous and stable countries in the world.
Abaji commended the climate of art and culture in the country. He stressed the fact that the UAE has become a culture and art destination in the Middle East and Asia, and that the capital Abu Dhabi has become a culture and art hub. He saw that the cultural and artistic renaissance in it were at par with its economic importance, recognized worldwide. He added that Abu Dhabi has become the cultural pioneer in the region, having adopted a number of local and international programs that enrich the regional and international cultural landscape and that music has acquired a large share in the Abu Dhabi cultural scene.
It is to be noted that PSUAD organized throughout last week a number of cultural, arts and literary events as part of the week of festivities on the occasion of the 42nd UAE National day with the participation of the university’s students and faculty representing 75 nationalities, in addition to intellectuals as well as public and diplomatic figures who have attended the national day celebrations on campus.