Dubai: Donning Christmas hats while holding a megaphone and other musical instruments in their tiny hands, a group of schoolchildren went on a mission to spread Christmas cheer in their community.
Marching down the sidewalk of the Victory Heights community in Dubai Sports City on Thursday, the 12 children sang Christmas carols and called out other residents to join them in the small festivity.
“I wanted to do something like this because everybody was so busy that they did not notice the need for some Christmas cheer. It was a way to encourage people to spread joy among others and share their feelings with their neighbours,” said 11-year-old Gulmehek Khan from Canada, who came up with the idea of the initiative herself.
Khan, who goes to Nord Anglia International School Dubai, and her peers said they wanted to make those who are away from their families feel at home during the Christmas holiday. Chocolates were also distributed to residents.
“This is the first time something like this was done here, even though I’ve done it so many times before when we lived in Canada, It was pretty exciting for all of us.”
The event witnessed a huge response from community members, said Naureen Khan, mother of Gulmehek Khan. It reflected the tolerance and coexistence that exist among expats living in the UAE.