Folk festival mirrors national heritage

DUBAI — A UAE folklore festival kicked off yesterday at the Egypt Court in Ibn Battuta Mall. Min Bladi Al Emarat has been organised as part of the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2007 In-Mall Mega Events and is set to run until July 26.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 20 Jul 2007, 9:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:13 AM

Organisers say it will feature daily competitions and contests tailored to raise public awareness about the UAE's heritage. Up to 12 UAE citizens will participate in each contest. Three awards will be given out in every activity, with the winner receiving Dh5,000, the runner-up getting Dh3,000 and the second runner-up taking home Dh2,000. The prizes have been provided by the DSS Office.

Ahmed Ali, DSS Operations Coordinator, said, "The Min Bladi event is the only one of its kind in the DSS 2007 In-Mall festivities. It aims to increase awareness amongst UAE nationals about their heritage, customs and traditions. Our goal is to revive our heritage and disseminate it among the young generations. We want to convey to them a clear-cut, all-embracing image of the deeply-rooted traditions of our forefathers."

Competitions staged at the Min Bladi event include popular cuisine, best poem, best hand-made product and best coffee.

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