The 9th International Day of Yoga commenced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a curtain raiser event held under the iconic dome of Louvre, Abu Dhabi. The event witnessed the participation of diverse nationalities, cultures, and faiths, reflecting the theme of ‘Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. The ceremony commenced with a virtual message from Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, who emphasized the values of well-being, tolerance, and friendship. Certified yoga instructors led a 40-minute workshop based on the Common Yoga Protocol, inspiring the participants to embrace the practice of yoga. Over 350 attendees, including school children, defied stereotypes by actively engaging in the workshop. Notably, Ambassador Sunjay Sudhir and members of the diplomatic corps graced the occasion. People from all age groups participated, defying the stereotypes. The participants went home with a gift of a yoga mat, a plant signifying sustainability and wellness.
As the 9th International Day of Yoga continues, more events are in store across the UAE to commemorate this significant day. On June 21, 2023, the celebrations will take place at the historic Mina Rashid (Port Rashid), jointly organized by the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi and DP World. This location holds great historical significance, symbolizing the enduring India-UAE relationship. The Chief Guest for the event will be Dr. Thani bin Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade. The celebrations will occur at DP World Cruise Terminal 3 from 07:00 to 09:00 hours, where an Indian Navy Ship, INS Brahmaputra, will also join the festivities, emphasizing the message of unity. Simultaneously, a community Yoga event will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) from 18:00 to 21:00 hours, with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan participating as the Chief Guest. The event, jointly organized by the Embassy of India, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and ADNEC, is expected to attract participants from various sectors and age groups.
Additionally, the Indian Consulate in Dubai has announced two grand events in celebration of the International Day of Yoga. On June 17, the festivities will take place at the Opportunity Pavilion Plaza in Expo City Dubai from 17:00 to 19:00 hours, in association with Indian women in Dubai and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Furthermore, on June 18, a yoga day event will be hosted at Skyline University College in Sharjah from 18:30 to 20:30 hours, allowing the community to come together and experience the essence of yoga, where close to 5000 participants are expected to participate.
Source : DD