The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has rolled out its events calendar for November in Al Ain.
The agenda will focus on highlighting the UAE’s historical and cultural heritage by providing a rich experience inspired by Emirati customs and traditions.
The three main events are: The Traditional Handicrafts Festival, now in its fifth edition, which will run from November 1-17, 2018, and will begin at the Al Qattara Arts Centre with a diverse showcase of traditional products and industries by craftsmen from all over the country; the Emirati Traditional Games exhibition, held from November 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, at the Al Qattara Arts Centre, featuring artworks inspired by popular traditional games played by children in the UAE, including Al Suqla, Al Jhaif, Umm Al Ayyal, Khousa Bousa and Athiem Al Shara; and the Al Qattara Archaeological Basement, scheduled to open on November 1, 2018, which will display Iron Age industrial installations and highlight the vital and enduring role of Al Ain oases in the environment and the culture of the UAE.
Speaking on the events was Undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash: “By organising these events, we aim to celebrate the rich Emirati heritage embodied in traditional crafts, and the authenticity of social values that prevailed in past communities.
“At DCT Abu Dhabi, we believe that by continuing to host such events we will be able to preserve and transfer some of these traditional crafts and industries to upcoming generations, giving them the privilege to experience even a small part of our ancestors’ creative mindset and artistry, and thus bridging cultural gaps between generations,” he added.
DCT Abu Dhabi will be overseeing the three main events, in addition to a series of interactive workshops offering visitors an opportunity to learn more about the most prominent industries and handicrafts, as well as narrating how the people of the UAE lived their lives in the past.