Allowing children to be creative and play with colors, this year Dubai Summer Surprises is bringing smiles to the faces of proud parents. Many activities take place, and kids get messy while enjoying every moment of smearing themselves with a multitude of colorful paints. The budding young artists relished this scenario where their parents had no objections to the expressions of art created by them.
This Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), parents who visited the Ibn Buttuta Mall with their little ones, were welcomed to a riot of colors. Children were allowed to let their creative talents bloom at the Modhesh Art Project.
Organised in the Tunisia Court of the popular city mall, the Modhesh Art Project, which concluded on 27 August, had demonstrated to be one of the signature fascinations for children across various age groups this DSS. For two weeks, children were offered a lively and creative space in which to set free their inner artist, along with nurturing a sense of community and association that go beyond all barriers of language, culture and ethnicity – reflecting the true spirit of DSS, as well as the multicultural character of the mall itself.
“We were just strolling through the mall when this place caught our attention, and my daughter just dropped everything and jumped right in. It’s just so lovely to see her enjoy herself. And it’s rather sad that today happens to be the last day of the event. I wish we could enjoy more of it,” said Fatima Duka, a Palestinian national holidaying in Dubai with her family.
Russian Vladimir Kozlienko, father of six-year-old Yuri, said: “Yuri just loves to color, but I guess he was a little shy initially to join in. It was only a matter of time, though, and before we knew it, he was out there splashing about with the other kids. This is what events such as this do eventually, I guess – help break the ice and bring people closer together.”
The beautiful theme was based on and around a colorful children’s bedroom, the budding artists were seen applying merry splashes of color on assorted pieces of furniture that doubled up as their canvas for the day – bunk beds, bedside tables, picture frames, drawers, sofas and more.
Farah Siden, a four-year-old from Algeria who was seen thoroughly enjoying herself at the venue, said: “We live very close to the mall, so I often get my mom to bring me here. I really like being here. It’s so much fun.”
It’s a sentiment shared by Indian national Mahira Aga, her little brother Kidash and sister Maliha. “We’d heard about this event from friends at school, and couldn’t wait to get here ourselves. I’m glad we finally did. It’s the most fun we’ve had this DSS,” Mahira said.
The 17th edition of DSS is structured by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and will continue to charm all until 5 September this year, under the theme, “The Fun Side of Summer.”