Region's heritage to be highlighted

DUBAI - The Arab-Islamic culture and heritage of the region's flourishing civilizations is the subject of the seventh theme week of Dubai Summer Surprises that began yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 7 Aug 2003, 11:51 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:11 PM

Local folklore artistes as well as from Yemen, Egypt, Sudan and the Levant countries will be highlighting the unique aspects of their countries' heritage and culture through folkloric renderings at the various malls in Dubai.

The activities began with an opening ceremony that combined open-air folkloric performances from 5:00 pm in front of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) building and this was followed by Arabian Pearls, a musical directed by Kareem Hamza at 7:30 pm. The musical featured Emarati star Abdullah Saleh, who has also written it, with musical direction by Mohammed Malallah.

Nuha Safar, Head of the Organising Committee of Heritage Surprises from the DCCI, said, "The week is the fusion of all the diverse heritage and cultural facets of the Arabic-Islamic past. The much-awaited Heritage Surprises will capture the contributions to science from the great thinkers of this region as well."

Deira City Centre, Al Bustan Centre, BurJuman Centre, Mazaya Centre, Wafi Centre and Al Ghurair City are dedicated to specific regions. For instance, visitors to the Deira City Centre will be able to see folkloric dances from the UAE, in addition to an exhibition of old photographs titled 'Eyes from the Past'.

Al Bustan Centre too will have folkloric enactments from the Gulf area, while BurJuman Centre will host folk dances from the Levant belt. Mazaya Centre will be dedicated to the Yemeni lifestyle festival, while Wafi Centre will host folk dances of the Egyptian land and will have an exhibition of an old Egyptian press and a Sudanese exhibition.

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