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Abu Dhabi hosts Cultural Heritage Festival

Abu Dhabi hosts Cultural Heritage Festival
Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Al Hosn Festival

Cultural Heritage Festival, held at the historic Al Hosn site, started on Jan 19 and will continue till Jan 28

Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has visited Al Hosn Festival, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism — Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) from 19th to 28th January, 2024, at the historic Al Hosn site.

During the visit, His Highness toured handicraft exhibitions, art workshops, traditional performing arts and cultural shows that celebrate Emirati heritage and the UAE’s deep-rooted cultural traditions.

Qasr_ al_ Hosn in 2019

Sheikh Khaled emphasized the importance of cultural heritage events and activities such as Al Hosn Festival in preserving and promoting Emirati cultural heritage and instilling it among younger generations as a long-running symbol of national pride.

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His Highness was accompanied by Sheikh Mohammed bin Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan; Sheikh Hazza bin Khalifa bin Shakhboot Al Nahyan; Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi; Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary-General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; and Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Under-Secretary, DCT Abu Dhabi.

Al Hosn Festival offers an immersive experience of Emirati culture that showcases the traditions, heritage and values of the UAE. The festival also provides an important platform for local artisans and cultural practitioners to engage with the business community, gather consumer insights, network and collaborate.

Among the experiences on offer at the Festival is Al Freej (meaning ‘neighborhood’ in Arabic), a replica of old residential alleys with gathering points and dukkans (shops) that allows visitors to explore craft demonstrations including incense-making, textile dyeing, henna, talli, sadu, pottery and burqa making, palm weaving and drying, as well as the making of fish traps and nets (gargoor).

This year’s program also includes Makers Space: Emirati Home Edition, a creative area showcasing the work of traditional artisans, contemporary artists, furniture designers and makers of essential items that define the Emirati home. In the Heritage Zone, creative and educational activities and re-enactments depict the UAE’s traditions and customs.

Camel-calling tradition

The camel-calling tradition of Heda’a, which has been passed down through generations and is included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is also represented, along with falconry demonstrations and encounters with Salukis, traditional hunting dogs.

In addition, the festival’s agenda includes the House of Artisans, which features Al Rowayeb, a henna design space that invites attendees to learn about the historical, artistic and cultural aspects of the craft and its significance to Emirati culture, as well as have their own henna designs done. Similarly, the Gahwa Championships is returning this year to award winners for their outstanding skills in the preparation of traditional Arabic coffee.

Beit Beit, a special children’s program from the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library

Among other highlights is Beit Beit, a special children’s program from the Abu Dhabi Children’s Library, where children can learn to play traditional games that were invented before the introduction of technology and mobile devices.

Published under the International Cooperation Protocol with Middle East Business | Life Magazine



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