(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) 'Arabs Got Talent' finalist Shamma Hamdan and Emirati singer Fayez Al Saeed have already lent a hand to a competition in honour of the country's 41st National Day, to create a verse of song celebrating residents' "love of their country".
A song of sovereignty
Shamma Hamdan and Fayez Al Saeed have authored the first two verses of the song, with the competition seeking entries from people to complete the third verse.
Authored by Fayez
O' you make up from gold poetry and verses
O' you who wrote with love our era
We were united in love of the Emirates
We adore our leaders and adore our country
Authored by Shama
In our home there is a leader, who hugged seven shells
He is our pride, our glory, and our support
His love prompted us to love all civilizations
And with our love we became united with other countries' people.
Telecommunications' company Du launched the competition on Thursday, which asks people to submit a second part to the lyrics already written by Hamdan and Al Saeed.
Du chairman Ahmad bin Byat said this was the first time that the people of the UAE have been invited to help create a song which would "portray their patriotic spirit".
"The song will be dedicated to the UAE on behalf of the Emirati people, on the occasion of the UAE's 41st National Day." Bin Byat said there had already been an enthusiastic response online, which showed there was a desire for such a campaign in the country.
National poet Ali Al Khawar will compile winning entries into song lyrics, while Fayez will compose the music for the song before performing it alongside Hamdan. Tweets in response to Du's announcement of the campaign included from Ahmed Al Ali, who said he had often tried to write poetry verses in Arabic "yet it had not worked." Frayz999 questioned the intellectual property rights of the completed song. "When the song is completed, to whom you shall you give the author's name (sic)?"
Meanwhile, others expressed excitement and pride in the country.
"Believe me, Shamma can satisfy it alone and makes it sweet (with) her voice and poems ... the entire world is proud of her especially (because) she is an Emirati woman," latoof222 said.
Smile girl said: "I'm a Kuwaiti, but my mother is an Emirati. I love my Emirates."