Wednesday 22 May 2019

Dubai Culture to launch new marine festival

DUBAI, February 20, 2019

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, and heritage, is preparing to launch a range of events and activities to familiarise Global Village visitors with the history and culture related to the marine environment in the UAE.

These activities are part of the ninth edition of ‘Live Our Heritage Festival’, themed ‘Treasures of Heritage from Emirati Culture’ which will run at Global Village till April 6. The festival aims to raise awareness about the UAE’s heritage assets by underlining its unique value to all segments of the community.

Fatima Lootah, director of Cultural and Heritage Programmes at Dubai Culture, and chairman of the Living Our Heritage Festival Organising Committee, said: “The last few months have seen a huge turnout of visitors at the festival as we crafted events catering to both Arabic and English language visitors, making it engaging and interesting for them. The events explained the environment-related heritage tools and assets of the UAE, which were conveyed by a range of carefully selected activities.”

“Marine environment has always been and continues to be an integral part of UAE’s cultural fabric. Weaved around traditions, practices, and handicrafts that embody the UAE’s national identity, this phase of the festival, depicting marine environment, is bound to catch the attention of visitors and garner a positive response,” added Lootah.

The festival’s agenda for this month will focus on the UAE’s marine environment, where the creativity of UAE’s ancestors manifested into reality and paved way for a developed industrial sector that is an important part of the national economy today. The hard work and innovative approach of the ancient marine community is reflected in strong ships that they built, which allowed them to break through raging seas to make a living, explore the world and establish trading agreements and bridges of communication with other nations. Thanks to their cumulative skill set, they succeeded in starting new activities, such as building heritage boats and rowing, in addition to traditional fishing tools.
This challenging environment served as an incubator to many individual and group activities and crafts practised by our ancestors, some of which are still alive and used. These marine crafts include diving, Tiwasha (pearl diving), Qilafah, Sifarah and traditional medicine.

This year’s festival is divided into four segments, in order to shed light on the different environments in the UAE: Bedouin, Mountainous, Agricultural and Marine. The next phase of the festival will take visitors into the world of marine, its history and how it influenced the cultural landscape across the UAE. - TradeArabia News Service


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