Thousands of UAE residents are gearing up to hit their mats on the occasion of the fifth International on Yoga Day on Friday, 21 June. The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai have planned various activities, with the support of the local authorities of all the emirates and the Indian associations in the northern emirates.
Consul-general of India Vipul informed that like in previous years, the preparations for the mega event are in full swing.
While the main event in Dubai is set to take place at Zaabeel Park with around 5,000 yoga enthusiasts, mass yoga sessions will also take place in Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
In Abu Dhabi, the event will be held at Umm Al Emarat Park at 7pm on 20 June. Free entry, parking, yoga mats and yoga T-shirts would be provided to all the participants on first come basis.
Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, informed that UAE’s minister of tolerance, Shaikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, would grace the event as the chief guest.
In the run-up to the event, photo shoots of yoga enthusiast performing yoga at iconic locations of Abu Dhabi including Emirates Palace, Etihad Towers and Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum were held.
The events will also have demonstrations by yogis from across the world followed by cultural programmes.
In Al Ain, the embassy will be celebrating Yoga Day on 28 June at the Jahili Public Park.
In Dubai, the Indian Consulate will hold the main event at Zabeel Park at 6.30pm on Friday, 21 June. The participants can enter for free from Gate 3.
Vipul added that the event will see competitions on yoga postures and the winners will be rewarded with exciting prizes. There will also be a raffle draw for all the participants. Two lucky winners will be given return tickets to India by Air India.
In Sharjah, community organisation Ekata and FOI events are organising the event at the International Cricket Stadium at 6pm on Friday, 21 June.
In Ajman, the Indian Association Ajman is hosting the event at the association’s premises at 6pm on Friday, 21 June.
In Umm Al Quwain, the celebrations will be held at Etihad Hall at 11am on Saturday, June 22 in association with the Department of Tourism and Archaeology.
In Ras Al Khaimah, the event will be held at the football ground of the American University at 6.30pm on Saturday, June 22.