HH Sheikh Mohammed makes another great personal contribution to the arts



  • Original poem by HH Sheikh Mohammed to be sung by Arab opera star
  • Performance by one of the region’s very first sopranos
  • Event broadcast live on Sama Dubai TV
  • Performance to cap spectacular evening at Dubai International Financial Centre

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and President of the DIFC, has made another great personal contribution to the arts. One of his many original Arabic poems, “Anta Alhawa,” will be sung by a regional opera star at Dubai International Financial Centre’s second annual celebration “Notes of Success” on Thursday 30th of November 2006. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed strongly committed to the arts providing visionary leadership in promoting the written, visual and performing arts in the UAE and across the World. This commitment is matched by the full range of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s contributions to Dubai, the UAE and the region from his economic leadership.

Pioneering soprano Hiba Al Kawas, one of the Arab world’s most famous classical musicians, will perform the first-ever operatic performance of “Anta Alhawa” at Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) distinctive “Gate” building as part of the cultural program of DIFC’s second annual celebrations, which are being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed, who is President of the DIFC.

His Excellency Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC, said: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum continues to provide both visionary leadership and personal inspiration. Through the magic of his poetry, as through his clarion calls for economic growth, Sheikh Mohammed adds great value to the society and culture of not just the UAE but the whole Arab world.”

He added: “The force of this vision is borne out by the astonishing achievements that have taken place here under his leadership – from the unprecedented economic growth of Dubai, the UAE and the Middle East, to the fostering of artistic excellence here at home and across the region. We are all profoundly inspired by his shared wisdom and personal commitment to the common good.”

More than 2,500 VVIP guests are expected to attend this prestigious and exclusive event, including a veritable who’s who of global and regional decision-makers from the financial industry. For those unable to attend, the festivities will be broadcast live on Sama Dubai TV at 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 30. Other highlights of the evening include a performance by international opera star Jose Carreras, who will be accompanied by the City of London Sinfonia

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