Series of activities planned across the heritage sites and other socio-cultural hubs
Under the patronage of Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is putting the spotlight on the richness of Emirati heritage through its ‘Heritage Week’ celebrations, under the theme, “Dubai: Live Your Heritage,” featuring a series of cultural activities, from April 17 to 21, 2011.
Building further on the World Heritage Day celebrated on April 18, the five-day celebrations organised by Dubai Culture will offer a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to experience the myriad facets of Emirati heritage.
In line with the founding theme of the World Heritage Day to celebrate one’s national monuments and cultural sites, Dubai Culture’s Heritage Week activities will be held at the key cultural destinations of Dubai in addition to activities at other prominent locations across the city. The activities will provide valuable insights on the history and traditions of the UAE and serve as an educational window on the country’s heritage for visitors.
The historic Al Bastakiya, will be one of the key event destinations, in addition to the Dubai Public Library.
Other venues that will showcase a range of activities focused on the heritage of the UAE include the Dubai Culture & Scientific Association, Hatta National Arts & Cultural Association, Dubai International Airport, The Dubai Mall and Dubai Women’s Association.
Some of the activities are open for free for the public, and will offer rich insights into the cultural fabric of the country, its customs, traditions and way of life of the Emirati people.
Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “Understanding our rich heritage is crucial to further appreciating the Emirati identity, and central to strengthening our cultural outlook. In today’s fast-paced life, it is important that we sit back, reconnect with our roots and draw from the strengths of one’s cultural heritage. With the Heritage Week celebrations, we are showcasing the varied facets of our cultural scene, offering residents and visitors a unique glimpse into our cultural traditions and customs.”
In addition to featuring an open air market that showcases traditional Emirati trinkets and artefacts, Al Bastakiya will screen documentary films on the UAE that depict the various aspects of the country’s rich cultural heritage.
The Dubai Public Library will host a series of lectures on culture, heritage and identity while a special evening of poetry will be held at the Dubai Culture and Scientific Association, Al Mamzar, on April 18 featuring renowned Emirati poets, Rashid Sharar and Alia Alameri “Shojoun Al Dhubyani.”
A live enactment of the UAE’s old practices of fishing and pearl diving will be displayed at The Dubai Mall promenade. To ensure that visitors to Dubai are better familiarised with the heritage of the country, a traditional tent will be set up at the waiting area of Terminal Three at the Dubai International Airport, with a guide to answer questions related to the customs and heritage of the UAE.
Dubai’s Women’s Association will partner in the activities with a variety of educational and heritage related daily activities from 10am until 1pm.
In addition, ‘Heritage Week’ will also be hosting hundreds of students from schools across Dubai, in collaboration with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
World Heritage Day, first launched in 1982 in at a symposium organised by the International Council for Monuments and Sites in Tunisia, celebrates the shared cultural wealth of mankind and underscores the need to preserve and protect one’s heritage.