RAKTDA sheds light on heritage festival at Al Jazirah Al Hamra


Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and the Department of Antiquities and Museums are inviting the local community and tourists to immerse themselves in Emirati culture with the launch of Turath District, a three-month long heritage festival at Al Jazirah Al Hamra.

The family-friendly festival will take place every Thursday and Friday until May 28, 2021, from 18:00 until 23:00. The former ancient pearling village will spring to life with numerous performances and activities, including Ayala, Al-Yola (folk dances) and Fisherman dance performances, as well as Henna art and design, plus much more.

CEO, RAKTDA, Raki Phillips enthused on the festival: “We believe that Al Jazirah Al Hamra is a national treasure; a stunning picture of what life used to be like here in the Emirate that everyone should be able to visit and experience. It is within this spirit that we wanted to create an experience that would give visitors and the local community the chance to connect with its rich history, better understand its people and traditions, and to take them back in time for a truly authentic experience. We will continue to champion events such as Turath District to breathe life back into these UNESCO World Heritage sites and allow for a greater understanding of the historical and current significance of Ras Al Khaimah.”

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With demand for immersive experiences rapidly rising, Ras Al Khaimah has introduced a range of cultural events to reintroduce and breathe life into historic sites such as Al Jazirah Al Hamra, the last surviving pearl fishing village of its kind in the Arabian Gulf. Its impressive architecture and town planning have helped preserve the site, providing an undisturbed picture of life in this formerly bustling town.

Al Jazirah Al Hamra is one of four archaeological sites in Ras Al Khaimah that have secured a spot within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites.

Visitors can also explore this site during the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, a two-month programme of events and exhibitions that kicked off on February 6 and concludes on April 3, 2021.