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“Happiness Village Carnival” Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in a Joyful Affair

MUSCAT: In a heartwarming celebration of diversity and inclusion, the “Happiness Village Carnival” illuminated the evening at the Civil Aviation Club, providing a haven of entertainment for individuals with disabilities. The event, meticulously organized by Her Highness Sayyida Hajija bint Jeffer Al Said, coincided with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, embracing the theme of fostering integration and celebrating the unique abilities of those often marginalized in society.

Spearheaded by the generous sponsorship of His Highness Sayyid Muhammad bin Thuwaini Al Said, the carnival unfolded as a collaborative effort with the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Civil Aviation Club. More than just a celebration, the carnival embodied a profound mission—to empower and integrate over 1,848 children affiliated with various associations and institutions dedicated to supporting children with disabilities.

The underlying ethos of the event was to provide a secure and enjoyable space tailored to the specific needs and capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Her Highness Sayyida Hajija bint Jeffer Al Said emphasized that the carnival aimed not only to offer a joyous entertainment experience but also to make a lasting moral impact on the lives of people with disabilities by offering support and empowerment.

The carnival unfolded as a kaleidoscope of activities, ensuring that each moment was both meaningful and enjoyable. Attendees were treated to carriage and horse rides, entertaining shows, and safe recreational games designed to cater to the unique needs of children with disabilities. The event featured a delightful ensemble of comic characters, an acrobatic artist, a dedicated science laboratory section, a jumping castle, luxury car rides, bike riding, and a variety of programs meticulously curated to meet the diverse needs of the attendees.

Highlighting the commitment to inclusivity, a significant moment during the carnival was the signing of a cooperation agreement between the National Finance Company and Sign Book. This agreement aims to provide vital sign language translation services, further breaking down communication barriers and ensuring that individuals with hearing impairments are seamlessly included in the festivities.

The significance of the “Happiness Village Carnival” extends beyond its immediate celebration. It stands as a testament to the importance of creating environments that not only accommodate but also celebrate diversity. By offering a spectrum of engaging activities, the carnival demonstrated that individuals with disabilities can thrive when provided with the right support and opportunities.

Dignitaries and specialists from various government and private agencies graced the occasion, underscoring the collaborative effort required from all sectors to create a society where individuals with disabilities are not merely included but celebrated for their unique contributions. The event marks a poignant step towards building a more inclusive future, where every individual, regardless of ability, can partake in the joyous tapestry of communal celebrations.

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