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Sneak peek at Dubai's culture festival Al Shindagha Days

Shihab

Published on January 20, 2020 at 13.32

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Aimed to revive historic areas and promote the traditional heritage of the emirate, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority hosts its first Al Shindagha Days. (Photos by Shihab)
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The event, which coincides with the 25th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival, will be held until January 20 at recently renovated landmarks in Al Shindagha neighbourhood, including Al Shindagha Museum, The Perfume House, The Historical Documents Centre, Saruq Al Hadid Archaeological Museum, and the waterfront area in old Dubai.
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Here's a sneak peek into the ongoing cultural extravaganza at Al Shindagha neighbourhood in Dubai
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Emirati tourism company 'Meet the Locals' offers a host of activities during the festival including a local market, a live Emirati cooking station, a dates tasting station, an etiquette of Arabic coffee session, henna design and more.
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Emirati woman demonstrates traditional weaving skills at a heritage site during the Al Shindagha Days festival in Dubai.
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Traditional buildings at Shindagha neighbourhood illuminated during a laser show being held as part of the festival.
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Women show their hands, decorated with henna during the event as part of the festival.
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Raza Sunny, a visitor, poses for a portrait with his traditional cap.
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Ramy Ragheb, an artist poses next to one of his sculpture during the Al Shindagha Days festival.
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A woman looks through a mannequin dressed in traditional attire at the heritage site.
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Artists corner at Al Shindagha Days festival.
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Traditional architecture with wind towers in the historical district of Shindagha neighbourhood. A wind tower is a traditional architectural element to counter the Gulf’s searing temperatures in the days before electricity.
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Traditional buildings at Shindagha neighbourhood illuminated during a laser show being held as part of the festival.
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Ongoing cultural extravaganza at Al Shindagha neighbourhood in Dubai.
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Emirati men perform the traditional Yollah dance at the festival.
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Generally known as the ‘stick dance’, this traditional folk dance is performed by dancers chanting traditional tunes while waving their sticks at a rhythmic beat of the drums.
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A woman potter molds bowl from clay on the pottery wheel at the event.
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Bassant Bader, an exhibitor holds pearl necklace at a traditional shop during the cultural event.
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Visitors can learn about the UAE’s rich pearling history through an informative display of pearls and the art of pearl diving at the heritage site.
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Through a series of activities dedicated to Emirati culture, these majlis give opportunities for expats and tourists to meet and interact with Emiratis. 
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Walk through the Al Shindagha area, which is pulsating with the splendour of Emirati heritage, to revive the legacy and charm of the past through a modern, interactive experience. (Source: www.dubaiculture.gov.ae)
 
 
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