Students showcase UAE culture in Australia
Melbourne, September 29, 2011
Emirati students studying at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria put up a showcase of the UAE culture, as part of the University’s International student Support Team’s Engage programme.
Twenty-two year-old Waleed Ali Salem Al Harbi, a Bachelor of Forensic Science student, prepared the monthly cultural event along with other Emirati students at the university’s library.
The students put on a spectacular show with miniature examples of some of the most famous architecture in the UAE on display, along with postcard, traditional coffee pots, and perfume bottles.
Posters of striking scenery and promotional materials about the UAE were also given to the hundreds of guests and students who passed through.
Waleed, who is from Al Ain and is in his second year of the course, said: “Our objective was to educate people about the UAE and there was a lot of interest from everyone who passed by. We even offered people the opportunity to experience UAE’s traditional dress and we had a lot of questions about the culture and traditions. It was a wonderful experience.”
John Butler, State Government of Victoria Commissioner to the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The state offers world-class qualifications, high quality learning and research infrastructure along with leading teaching staff. Cross-cultural events like this provide a unique platform for students to learn from each other.”
Melbourne was also recently named the best city in the world to live, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Survey, making Victoria an even more attractive destination for international students.
“International students are highly valued members of the Victorian community and its wonderful to see Emiratis showcasing their culture in Melbourne and helping to provide, in their own small way, further understanding about the UAE,” added Butler. – TradeArabia News Service