World MS Day in the United Arab Emirates was carried out in style this year, with various activities taking place around the federation. In Tawam Hospital and UAE Hospital, an opera was recorded and performed on the 10th and 11th May. The Opera was written by poet Ahmed Ibrahim Al Zarouni and music by Saeed Al Nuaimi. The message is one of encouragement to people with MS to continue striving to achieve their goals and to support each other.

Singers performing the opera

In Merdif city centre a group of people with MS took part in iFly Dubai, again to show that having MS doesn’t necessarily prevent you from participating in activities like this, below is a photo of one the participants.

On the 25th May UAE MS Support Group celebrated with a large group of people with MS, their friends and relatives, neurologists and members of pharmaceutical companies at Bawadi Mall in Al Ain. There were various performances and interactive sessions, including poetry by a person with MS, interactive games and a Magic show. Members of the public in the mall were also encouraged to join in.

To view the full set of photos, go to the flickr set World MS Day 2011 – UAE.