UAE Students Visit Patients at Children's National in Washington D.C.
(MENAFNEditorial) As part of an organized visit to Washington D.C., 13 UAE students from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) Scholarship program visited Children's National Medical Center, home to the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington, D.C. During their time at the hospital, the students met with patients and toured the Sheikh Zayed Institute and Washington Nationals' Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex.
The visit saw the students gift toys to the children, and share a number of UAE cultural traditions in a fun educational exercise. They also posed for photos in the Emirati traditional dress, demonstrated the 'Yola' traditional dance, and taught the children how to write their names in Arabic. Some of these activities were covered live on WPAW radio station, Children's National and Seacrest Studios' closed-circuit television and radio station, so that all of the patients who were not able to leave their hospital rooms could also be involved.
As part of their program, ADIA Scholarship students at universities across the US take part in a yearly visit to the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C. and participate in a community service project while in the nation's capital. Coming to Children's National is often their favorite choice.
ADIA plays a key role in developing Abu Dhabi's future leaders by sponsoring a select number of students each year through a holistic evaluation and selection process. Once a student is accepted, they begin a rigorous program of academic study, personal development and extracurricular accolades. Students are closely monitored and must maintain high standards both inside and outside the classroom.
Based in Washington DC, Children's National is home to the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation launched in September 2009 thanks to a gift from the government of Abu Dhabi. Children's National has been serving children since 1870 and was ranked among the top 10 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report 2015-16.
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