Heritage comes alive at schools, malls and libraries

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Heritage comes alive at schools, malls and libraries

DUBAI - Dubai will give visitors and residents a chance to get soaked in its history, culture and arts through a gamut of activities during the annual Heritage Week until April 21.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Tue 17 Apr 2012, 9:05 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:58 PM

Visitors take a look at a display at the Falcon Centre in Nad Al Sheba. Along with Dubai Culture, the Architectural Heritage Department of the Dubai Municipality is also holding different activities to mark World Heritage Day on April 18. — KT photo by Kiran Prasad

Under the theme ‘Dubai: Live Our Heritage’, and as part of the global celebrations to mark the World Heritage Day on April 18, the Heritage Week activities will be held at key heritage and cultural locations across the emirate, in addition to the first participation of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority’s newly launched Cultural Centres in public schools. Being organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Dubai Culture will host a range of activities at Al Hudaibiah Primary School for kindergarten students, Al Kuwait Primary School for primary students and Sakina Bint Al Hussain School for secondary classes, which will be the focal points of the educational campaigns as part of the Heritage Week celebrations.

The dedicated Cultural Centres at these institutions aim to highlight the importance of heritage.

An integral part of the Heritage Week programme are the diverse activities comprising workshops, talks, lectures, arts and crafts, among others, held at the historic Al Bastakiya, the cultural nerve centre of the city; The Dubai Mall; Dubai Public Library; Ibn Battuta Mall; Arabian Centre; Hatta National Arts & Cultural Association; and Dubai International Airport.

Salem Belyouha, Projects and Events Director, Dubai Culture, said: “This year, we are focused on promoting Heritage Week through a range of educational activities, which are mainly aimed at instilling the customs of our region in our youth from an early age. Additionally, visitors to Dubai, over the week, as well as residents will be able to obtain first-hand knowledge on the various traditional activities that are part of our Emirati identity. Understanding one’s past is important, as it serves as a reservoir of strength for future growth and development.”

The Cultural Centres will strengthen awareness on Emirati heritage among the students through a series of workshops, panel discussions, performances, games and tours until April 21.

Al Bastakiya will showcase traditional cooking stations, the art of ceramic-making, games, arts and crafts, workshops, theatrical performances, storytelling, lectures on the national animals, and falconry, among others, until April 19.

Dubai Public Library will host lectures on the various aspects of heritage at the Al Twar Public Library, Al Safa Library, and in Hatta Public Library until April 19.

To further promote awareness, a strong focus has also been placed on the shopping malls as locations. The Dubai Mall will host a model heritage village, in addition to competitions, craftsmanship, photography studios and educational sessions. The same activities will also be held at the Arabian Centre and Ibn Battuta Mall until April 21.

Dubai International Airport will give all visitors to the city the opportunity to experience the true essence of the city through Areesh tents, Henna stations, dedicated Coffee & Dates tents, and live craftsmen until April 21.


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