He has rescued fishermen in danger off the coast of Jumeira, battled robots shooting at Dubai police, and stopped a metro train from running down a tourist. Now, he has to confront an evil enterprise plotting to steal the nation’s natural resources.
His name is Ajaaj, the Emirati comic book superhero.
Ajaaj literally means a “sandstorm”. He is a living desert cyclone who changes shape at will and morphs into a young, well-built Emirati man. He can take up not only a human form, but can also turn himself into a bridge or a wall. Moreover, since he is made up of fine, golden desert sand, he can easily squeeze himself into tight places as well.
He is a self-proclaimed “Protector of the Lands”, and aims to teach his countrymen about the virtues of unity and sacrifice. So basically, Ajaaj represents the values of the U.A.E.
The story has been set to represent the U.A.E. in the year 2020. Writers of the comic have been instructed to balance entertainment with education. Rather than focusing on violence and destructive behavior, the story should highlight constructive behavior and cooperation. The comic book has already been launched.
The new comic book’s tagline is: Legends of the past, protecting the future.
Learn more about Ajaaj in his official website here.
‘Ajaaj: 2020’ will play for a total of 18 performances at the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre at the Mall of the Emirates; daily show timings are 4pm for English version and 7pm for Arabic from August 14 to 22, 2008. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores and http://www.ticketingboxoffice.com from 100 AED (50 for Kids) and 150 AED for premium seating.