Celebrating Arab traditions, culture

DUBAI - A variety of programmes offering fascinating glimpses into the emirate's rich history, culture and traditions have been lined up by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) for a 45-day-long heritage festival starting at the Hatta Heritage Village today.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 6 Aug 2003, 12:09 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:10 PM

The festivities have been planned to mark the 37th anniversary of the Accession of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

The exciting activities are expected to add value to the ongoing Dubai Summer Surprises in addition to offering an opportunity to the delegates of the Dubai 2003 to experience authentic Arab culture and traditions.

The programmes are to be organised daily from 4pm to10 pm. Entry to Hatta Heritage Village is free of charge. The department operates seven heritage sites in the emirate and has been conducting heritage festivals during the Eid holidays, UAE National Day, and DSF.

The major highlights of the festival are weaponry and handicraft exhibitions, traditional restaurant, traditional souq, Arab hospitality tent, camel riding and exhibitions of traditional garments.

Awadh Al Seghayer, DTCM Manager Heritage Sites and Events, said: "Dubai has preserved its rich cultural heritage with great care and values its importance. There is a need to focus on educating about different aspects of our culture and heritage that continues to thrive despite the modernity that Dubai has embraced. These programmes, we hope, will perfectly capture the emirate's rich and diverse culture and shed light on the traditions of yesteryears."

He said the DTCM has been making efforts to further promote the Hatta Heritage Village which has remained a must-see attraction for tourists. The Hatta Heritage Village, he said, offers the best opportunity to residents and tourists to see different aspects of Arab culture and traditions literally under one roof. The atmosphere and charm of a bygone era have been recreated here to portray the life in an ancient Arabian settlement.

Located about 115km southeast of Dubai, the picture-postcard site is nestled in the centre of the Hatta mountains and surrounded by farms. A national monument, the Hatta Heritage Village has been under the care of the DTCM since February 2001 following an extensive renovation.

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