Thousands turn out for Global Day return

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Students and visitors swarm the AUS plaza during Global Day festivities (HALA NASAR PHOTO)

By Hala Nasar

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – About 2000 American University of Sharjah students and their guests visited the March 10 and 11 Global Day celebrations.

While it was the first Global Day back on campus after the pandemic, it was also the first ever Global Day for many students.

Club members performed traditional dances and sang cultural songs on stage in front of the main building.

“The second I walked in, there was already music blasting,” said Zulaikha Mohamad, a Computer Engineering major, dressed in traditional Nigerian wear. She added, “The DJ did a great job.”

The Global Day was organized by the Office of Student Affairs and a team of AUS students. 

When asked what his job was, Mass Communication student Hasan Zoghbor said that he was a “runner with a trolley,” which meant moving things around and helping clubs with anything they might need.

Zoghbor added, “It was a very fun experience, and I met new people. I would do this job again.”

The Global Day was also a first-time experience for some board members of the cultural clubs. President of the Iranian Club, Artemiz Zadeh, said, “It was my first experience in Global Day, it was really nice.”

On the other hand, some club members who had celebrated Global Day before said they wanted to plan something that exceeded expectations.

The Egyptian Club’s Activities Coordinator Antwan Nabih wanted to create an escape room of an ancient Egyptian mystery. The theme was “Pharoah’s Curse.

Nabih spent two days planning it.

“I like how people react when they find something, when they find a clue, [and] when they solve it. I also like to laugh at them when they go the wrong way,” said Nabih.