The celebrations were initiated when Sheikh Nahayan delivered the key note speech, followed by welcoming words by EU Ambassador Patrizio Fondi and Executive Director of Sorbonne University, Professor Eric Fouache.
The one and only, Queen of melodic whistling, Elena Somare' and the remarkable pianist Gianluca Massetti came to the UAE especially for this occasion. This is the first time the musical couple perform in the Middle East. Several Western and Eastern pieces including ones by Bocelli, Rossini and The Beatles, were in the program.
Around 200 people attended the event including government officials, the favulty and students from Zayed University and Sorbonne University, the Ambassadors and Deputies of 19 European Union Member States, representatives from the different media outlets in the country and the staff of the European Union Delegation to the UAE.
The students from both Zayed University and Sorbonne University discussed several issues with the EU Ambassador and EU Member States' Ambassadors over dinner. Every table had an Ambassador or a Deputy Ambassador and students from both universities. The topics discussed were about the significance of European integration, the workings of the European Union, the EU's foreign policy, relations between the EU and the UAE and about the Ambassadors/Deputies experience in the UAE. The discussions gave the students the opportunity to learn more about the European Union and about working in the Diplomatic field in general.