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DTCM Showcase Rich Maritime History And Hospitality Traditions During DSF-2012
(11 January 2012)
Heritage And Diving Villages Highlights Emirati Lifestyles Of The Yesteryears


 

As part of its participation for the 17th successive year in the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is showcasing the rich maritime history and hospitality traditions of the Emiratis for the visitors of the Heritage Village and Diving Village in Al Shindagha heritage sites complex for the visitors during the 2012 edition of the shopping-cum-cultural extravaganza ending on February 5.

Mr. Nasser bin Juma, Director of Diving Village and Member of the DTCM Committee of Heritage Events for DSF-2012, said: “The activities we have organised for the DSF-2012 offers more insights into the UAE’s national and marine heritage and offers visitors the opportunity to go back in time and admire the Emirati traditions and culture. The visitors can gain invaluable knowledge about Dubai’s maritime history, pearl diving traditions and architecture and lifestyles of the yore.”

He said heritage and culture are central to the UAE’s national identity and there is a deep interest among the residents and visitors of Dubai to know about the Emirati traditions and culture and the DTCM programmes were designed to capture important information about the Emirati heritage and the roots of the nation and provide visitors a sense of history and culture of Dubai.

The Al Shindagha complex offers visitors a splendid set of old maps exhibiting urban growth of Dubai in the last century, desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing, farming, dhow building, pearl diving and every-day trading. Colorful and suggestive dioramas complete with life-size figures and sound and lighting effects illustrate life in Dubai’s old days. Also interesting to the visitors are traditional wooden seafaring dhows used for fishing, trading and pearling, boat building and diving tools.

The Heritage Village focuses on the UAE’s maritime past, trading activities and local history. There are several traditional shops, handicraft stores and exhibitions.

The Diving Village is a motley collection of pearl-diving artifacts and pictures of Dubai’s pearl divers and marine life. Some of the black and white photos are interesting, reflecting the tough life that many divers endured before scuba diving was invented.

Heritage Village incorporates a small museum displaying ancient artifacts from several archaeological sites dating as far back as 550BC. The Village also displays and sells traditional crafts, pottery, woven goods and Bedouin jewellery.

Mr. Juma said the strong number of visitors to the heritage sites during the DSF-2012 clearly reflects the keen interest of people from various nationalities in knowing more about the rich history, culture and traditions of the Emiratis and the evolution of Dubai from a small pearling village into one of the world’s leading global trading, tourism and aviation hubs.

A wide variety of other activities including henna painting, traditional plays, music bands performance and competitions for children in various fields makes a visit to the heritage sites memorable for the visitors. The visitors can also enjoy the sight of which was common in the old Dubai – a travelling salesman who used to go from one house to another selling a variety of household items by making a call in loud voice about his arrival.

The programmes will be take place from 5 pm to 10 pm each day at the Heritage Village and Diving Village in Al Shindagha and also at the Hatta Heritage Village. As many as 27 major activities are being conducted at the Al Shindagha heritage sites complex, while the Hatta Heritage Village will host more than a dozen entertainment activities highlighting various aspects of Emirati culture and traditions. There is also a traditional Emirati souk in addition to falconry show, camels and horse riding, mock Hadeher and Bedouin wedding ceremonies, classic car shows, police dog show, sports bike show and traditional Emirati cooking displays.

 

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