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VOR ‘Destination Village’ to celebrate UAE’s history

ABU DHABI, December 9, 2014

The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) Stopover at the free-to-enter Destination Village on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Breakwater is set to explore the UAE’s rich and varied history in a dedicated ‘Heritage Zone.’

The purpose-built village, which will open on December 12, is ready to welcome the high-tech racing yachts of the VOR fleet, but visitors can also experience their hardy predecessors through various attractions and displays, said a statement.

The sailing fans and families can start their VOR experience by walking through the ‘Souk al Mamsha’ (market on the shore).

Managed by the Khalifa Fund, the souk will feature 12 stalls, made using traditional palm leaf ‘barasit’ architecture. In seven stalls, artisans will demonstrate traditional crafts such as weaving and basket making, while the remaining five will have Emirati cooking demonstrations, with the delicacies also going on sale. Local artists and musicians will perform in a Majlis-style setting.

The visitors can also discuss UAE culture over coffee with Emirati nationals in a traditional majlis ‘meeting’ tent.

Abu Dhabi’s links with the sea will be highlighted alongside the country’s rich maritime heritage which will be brought to life every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with demonstrations of dhow (traditional sailing boat) building, pearl harvesting, fishnet making and crab basket weaving.

Mohammed Al Zaabi from Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which is hosting the Destination Village, said: “Village goers will get a hands-on, close-up experience of our culture. Just as we have realised with the 36,000 man-hour build of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s yacht, Azzam, the skillsets of modern-day construction reflect the talents and abilities of our ancestry. Abu Dhabi is at one with the sea – and this will be displayed at our Stopover.”

In addition to the stalls, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club will set up next to the souk, where visitors can meet local falconers, have their photograph taken with the treasured bird of prey, and learn about the traditions of falconry, as well as how modern technology is now being applied to the centuries-old sport. The club will also stage regular falcon shows in the village.

More than 175,000 people are expected to visit the Destination Village on the Corniche Breakwater, which will be open to the public until January 3, when the race fleet departs for its next endurance sailing leg to Sanya, China.

The Stopover will feature three weeks of sailing action, live concerts, watersports and family entertainment. - TradeArabia News Service




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