Caution: Don’t read this if you have already a ticket for the Opening Ceremony of Asian Games….
I know, I would spoil whatever there’s to tell about the Opening Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games that would be held at the 50,000 seater Khalifa Stadium tomorrow but I’ll just tell a few.:)
Yesterday when we reached at the Khalifa Stadium before 5 pm we can’t go direct near the place but we have to go to the pick-up point wherein shuttle buses are waiting for the people who’ll watch the rehearsal, then the bus took us to the gate. There was a very strict security, all bags should be presented and the guards would put it under the x-ray machine and after that there’ll be a personal inspection. And each individual should be checked.
As I told in my last entry that I would make some ways to hide my digicam inside the bag of my kids, I wrapped it with my daughter’s dress and put it on the bottom of feeding bottles and some biscuits but to no avail there I was so ashamed that they have to confiscate it and let all those gadgets (my cellphone and digicam) be delivered to Gate No. 4, the don’t-you-think-you-know the rules glare of those Security were so intense and I was on the verge of denying that it wasn’t my daughter’s backpack. And even my bestfriend tried also of hiding her cellphone with camera in her make-up kit but they were able to find it also. I guess nobody made it. Everybody who tried to enter with cameras and cellphones were directed to Gate No. 4. This is the area wherein all the hardheaded individuals including myself should go first.
I let my hubby deposit all those stuffs and we started our way to the gate no. specified in our tickets. Getting there was so tiring we walked a lot! And with my two kids in tow and another 2 kids (one was able to get away while we were talking with the security about the unwanted gadgets and good that Hadi was just a few meters away from us and did not wander too much or else we would not be able to find him in that big and crowded stadium).
There was a one hour preliminary show before the 3 hours Opening Ceremony. There are volunteers showing to the spectators the stuffs inside the kit: a small electric fan (if switched on it will show a light), a bracelet that glows, a Qatar flag, a white ball, and a lot more. These things will be used while the opening show goes on.
The history of Qatar started with the meeting of the desert and the sea people.
The culture and traditions and some myths and more stories about Qatar and how it became a country. The trading of silk, gold, pearls and spices with other neighboring countries.
This big event in this country does not only focus on sports but they want to promote peace and harmony as Qataris in white thobe formed these words, “PEACE BE UPON YOU!”
The main attraction of the event was the floating boats and with all those dancers hanging mid-air with all those harness and the totality of the technical aspect like lighting and some effects, It was great!
The different countries in Asia, each culture and important historical events were highlighted by dancers.
The inventions, inventors, scientists and Qatar’s visions gearing towards a modernized developed country amidst the digital era and its quest for supremacy in science and technology using its natural resources as its strength.
And lots of artists, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, singers (Jackie Chung, An Indian lady, A Lebanese singer performed—but what we were waiting to perform was Mr. Gary Valenciano but he was not there yet, maybe, he’ll be singing on the Opening Ceremony),horses and stilt walkers and an orchestra.
There were also students from different schools who participated in carrying those flags. To top it all, it was impressive.
The Olivier Award Winner, David Atkins, an Australian, is the one who directed this historical event that will happen. He is also the artistic director on the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.
Some part of the show was like watching the movie Superman Returns and the part of the story-telling with all those sea creatures (or rather monsters) was the lousy part. Giant starfish, big octopus and some horrific creatures which seemed unrealistic and insignificant.
There was no showcase of pyrotechnic unlike the first rehearsal and the lighting of the cauldron was not done yet (seven athletes were the torchbearer).The gorgeous guy Sheikh Muhammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani made it to the top of the steep ramp with his horse, as the last man with the torch to light the cauldron. I guess all of it would unravel and unfold on the big day itself.
There’s still a lot more to the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games and we’ll just watch on TV the rest on Friday.
“The heart of the game…
is me and you…”