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Youth Festival Finale 2018 – A Cultural Extravaganza


Middlesex University Dubai’s 8th Annual Youth Festival held its Grand Finale last week at the DUCTAC Theatre, Mall of The Emirates.

150 students took part in the finale of the three most popular categories – music, dance and fashion. This year’s Youth Festival paid homage to United Nation’s World Water Day, with a special opening performance of a group rap ‘Water Day’ led by Law Student Salma – last year’s star performer.

The fashion show highlighted the lack of clean water, severe ocean pollution and the importance of preserving water for future generations. The show itself was a work of young, dedicated and talented Middlesex University Dubai students with a passion for the sustainability, the environment and fashion. The showcase of Sustainable Development Goals was highly praised by the audience and judges.

The music competition attracted over 60 finalists competing for Best Vocalist and Best Band. The University was extremely proud to welcome award winning Bollywood singer, Hemaa Sardesai, as Chief Judge of the music competition, who congratulated all of the participants on their profound talent and their enthusiasm.

Finally, the dance performances were received with standing ovations with students performing a wide range of styles from KPOP, breakdance, hip-hop and contemporary. It was truly a night to remember!

The finale was supported by our wonderful sponsors, Binghatti Juices, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Green Tea x50, AFC Holidays, 360 Fitness and MAD Dance Academy.

We’d also like to thank our amazing judging panel, Hemaa Sardesai, Rhea Jacobs, Ms Neelam, Hardeep Singh, Mr Munzer, Mr Dandy and our faculty and students for all of their support during the event.

The winners were:


Sports Star of Youth Festival 2018 – Vedanth

Cultural Star of Youth Festival – Vernon

Advert Design – Aliya Khatri

Billiards – Mustafa Dalal

Chess – Ismail

Comic Strip – Anne Libranda

Culinary – Fariya

Debate – Mahesh and Junaid



Best Actor – Ronil Deshpande

Best Actress – Neha Shelly

Best Monologue – Ahmed Jheir

Winner 2018 Short Skit – Neha, Rohnil, Simran and Delfina

Winner 2018 Mad Ad – Neha, Rohnil, Simran and Delfina



Winner Short Film – Alen and Abdullah

Call of Duty WW2 – Saud, Danish, Vishal and Aly

FIFA 2018 – Rohan Nanda

Photography – Brandon Fernand

Poetry – Aiswarya Rajesh

Pebble Saga – Anne Libranda

Short Story Writing – Hafeseena Ashraf



1st Place Men’s Singles – Adil

1st Place Women’s Singles – Saira

1st Place Men’s Doubles – Keith and Vernon

1st Place Women’s Doubles – Patricia and Mehek


Table Tennis

1st Place Men’s Singles – Swagath Yenga

1st Place Women’s Singles – Somya Jain

1st Place Men’s Doubles – Adeep Singh and Mustafa Mithi

1st Place Women’s Doubles – Somya Jain and Vanjula Badri


Gym Challenge

Male Gym Challenge – Ansar Abbas

Female Gym Challenge – Prithika Tabithe

Male Bodyweight Challenge – Mazen Khan

Female Bodyweight Challenge – Reem Sohial



Men’s 100m – Sadiq Bagudu

Men’s 200m – Mehdi Ansari

Men’s 400m – Matthew Solomor

Men’s 800m – Baden Msuku

Men’s 1500m – Baden Msuku

Women’s 100m – Prithika Tabithe

Women’s 200m – Prithika Tabithe

Women’s 400m – Prithika Tabithe

Women’s 800m – Nichole Hayes

Women’s 1500 – Patrice Mutiso

Relay 4x100m – Prithika, Matthew, Abdul Nazeer, Shaun Lob



Women’s Basketball – Alen, Anaitha, Noura, Mahnoor and Linisha

Men’s Basketball – Hennen, Sam, Benet, Imran, Vedanth and Nishank

Women’s Most Valuable Player – Alen Shalesh

Men’s Most Valuable Player – Sam Simon



Volleyball Mix – Brendon, Syed, Kiran, Komal, Harshvardhan and Akshai

Women’s Most Valuable Player – Krishthea Cortez

Men’s Most Valuable Player – Brandon Fernandez



Cricket Mix – Abdur, Ali, Rohit, Vedanth, Kiran, Sam, Prakash, Ritik, Renwil and Zain

Most Valuable Player – Ritik Bagchi



Men’s Football – Juma, Mammen, Abdallah, Kasope, Yash, Ayan, Hamed, Ahmed and Ismail

Women’s Football – Veenet, Hana, Maram, Azizah and Charlene

Men’s Most Valuable Player – Juma Tombe Talib

Women’s Most Valuable Player – Saakshi Shingare

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