Sharjah Culture Festival ends

SHARJAH - The week-long cultural festival, organised by the Heritage Department of Sharjah Culture and Information Department, concluded yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 24 Apr 2004, 11:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:00 AM

The event, which began on April 18 and concluded yesterday was held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The event was inaugurated by Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, and was attended by a number of representatives from private and government establishments in Sharjah.

The event featured various activities including heritage exhibitions, oriental hall decorations, fairy tale house, music of the past, quiz competitions, dance shows, coffee ceremony, falcon show, costume dyeing, camel and horse riding and handicraft displays, among others. The aim of the event was to highlight the olden pastimes of the UAE people before oil exploration.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Samirah Al Gais from the organising committee said, "This event is aimed at educating the new generation and general public about the UAE's old culture , history and heritage." This annual event is recognised by Unesco as Sharjah is considered a cultural capital of the Arab world and the oasis of Arabian culture and heritage, and is rich with traditions and customs. The event was also organised to explore the experience and splendour of the ancient world.

To preserve the magnificent past of the emirate, the event was set in the old area of the city where all buildings and streets have been restored to their former glory. Today, these buildings have exhibits documenting the history of the emirate.

Some of the main attractions of the heritage area include Al Hisn Fort which was built in 1820, Bait Al Gharbi, Islahi School, the Islamic Museum, Al Midsa Majlis, Bait Al Naboodah, and the Arash Souq.

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