The Maple Bear Burj team had a blast celebrating Canada Day this year with the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates (CBC Dubai) and their guests at the CBC Dubai Canada Day Celebration. On Saturday June 30th, the CBC hosted a spirited afternoon with lots of patriotic members of the 40 000 strong Canadian expat community in the UAE. Along with all the great sponsors and partners of the event, including Canadian University Dubai, Careem, Weslodge Saloon, Tim Hortons, and Canadian Specialist Hospital, Maple Bear Gulf was thrilled for the chance to collaborate with the CBC Dubai and to host a kid’s play area inside the venue, at the Hilton Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Guests of all ages were seen having their face painted with a Maple Leaf and the little ones tried their hand at jenga block inuksuit creation, canvas painting (can you guess what the design of choice was? hint – it features a leaf!), along with Canadian word search activities, party swag, and story time with Ms. Ohood.
Over at the Canadian photobooth, families enjoyed the chance to create red-and-white memories with a big top hat, a frame and other maple-leaf adorned knick knacks.
We were particularly proud of the bunting our students lovingly designed and shared with the Canadian community in Dubai, and were also excited to offer 2 weeks of participation in the Summer Forward camp, between now and until end of August, for new students joining Maple Bear Burj in September 2018.
The delicious buffet presented at the event was followed with fun – and sometimes challenging! - Canadian trivia games. Each of the teams proved to be tough competition as amazing facts about Canada were learnt. For example, did you know that the UAE Dirham coins were minted at the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg? We didn’t either!
While thanking partners and sponsors, CBC Dubai Chairman Eric Koeman noted that the size of the Canadian expat community in the UAE demonstrates that Canadians are able to adapt and embrace diversity anywhere in the world – a cultural value that is an essential part of the Canadian identity. Maple Bear Gulf is honoured to have been able to play a role in make Canada’s 151st birthday memorable for Canadian families in and friends of Canada in the UAE, and we look forward to collaborating with the CBC Dubai in the future.