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School Students Add Value To DTCM’s DSF-2012 Programmes At Dubai Heritage Sites
(19 January 2012)
Youngsters Participate In Traditional Games, Stage Shows And Cultural Competitions


 

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced the participation of over 500 students from 16 schools of Dubai Educational Zone in a variety of programmes it is conducting at the heritage sites in Al Shindagha as part of its 17th successive year participation in the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) which will run until February 5.

Mr. Khalid Ali bin Gharib, Director of Hatta Heritage Village and Chairman of DTCM Organising Committee for DSF-2012 programmes, said 16 schools were selected out of the 30 schools which came forward with requests for participation in the DSF-2012 activities in the Heritage Village and Diving Village in Al Shindagha.

Over 40 school supervisors were also supporting the activities by encouraging their students take active participation in the wide variety of cultural and heritage activities designed to educate and entertain hundreds of visitors to the Al Shindagha heritage sites complex every day.

“The participation of students, brimming with confidence and keenness to showcase their natural talent and skills in various domains, has given our activities a new dimension and their presence and performance has been a big hit with the visitors,” he said. This, he added, was reflected in the significant increase in the number of visitors to the heritage sites on Wednesday.

He said the overwhelming response from the Dubai Educational Zone of the Ministry of Education has been highly encouraging in terms of presenting various facets of the Emirati culture and traditions, including heritage games, theatrical plays and folk dances.

Mr. Nasser Juma, Director of Diving Village and Member of DTCM Organising Committee for DSF-2012 Programmes, said the students performances between 5 pm and 8 pm each day has been a key attraction of the heritage sites and visitors have been entertained with a variety of artistic activities by the youngsters, including stage of short plays and folk dances.

One of the popular stage show presented by the school children is a play titled, Thank You Mama, wherein they express their views about the mothers and their role in our day to day life and as a homemaker. On Friday and Saturday, the Diving Village will host a play written by Anas Ahmed Khamis and directed by Abdullah Juffali with the overall supervision of Abdullah Baloch.

Attractive prizes are being presented in daily competitions for the visitors which cover a variety of topics relating to the Emirati traditions, culture, sports, handicrafts and heritage.

The department has been utilizing the DSF right from its inception to showcase emirate’s rich cultural and traditions. This year also, its programmes have been designed to bring Emirati culture and traditions closer to people who resides and visits Dubai from different parts of the world.

The programmes will be take place from 5 pm to 10 pm each day from January 5 to February 5 at the Heritage Village and Diving Village in Al Shindagha and in Hatta Heritage Village.

As many as 27 major activities will be 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.

Among the daily activities to be held at Al Shindagha heritage sites complex are exhibitions on the craftworks of inmates from penal institutions, Bedouin handicrafts and mountain handicrafts.

There is 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.

There is also a traditional boats display in addition to stage competition and Dubai International Art Centre exhibition and performance by traditional music bands. Visitors will be able to watch pearl search and enjoy the traditional Arabian hospitality.

Classic car enthusiasts from the UAE and other parts of the world are being offered a visual treat by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) through an exhibition of classic cars at the Heritage Village.

Each week, the exhibition will showcase cars by the country of their make – Germany, Japan, the US and other parts of Europe. The first week started with the US. Among the classic cars on display include Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Model 1956, which is among the eight such cars in the UAE and 2677 in the whole world. It was a popular car for the royalties and kings in the 1950s.

The collection includes personal, sports and transportation cars. The other cars on display include Chevrolet Impala Model 1965, Ford Musting Model 1965, Pontiac GT Model 1971, Ford Model 1969 and 1970, Cadillac Model 1976, Mercedes-Benz S 450 L, Datsun Z Model 1969 and Mercedes-Benz 450 SL Model 1977. The stars of the exhibition are Chevrolet Corvette Model 1973 and Chevrolet Corvette Model 1982.

Also on public display is the pictorial history of Dubai by the first Emirati female photographer, offering delightful insights into the old world charm of Dubai. Twenty photographs, taken in 1950s and 1960s by Sheikha Al Suwaidi, depicts the lifestyles of the yore and the day to day scenes of the Emiratis in addition to capturing the tragedy of a huge fire that occurred in the 1950s in front of the Ruler’s Office facing the Dubai Creek. Four photographs taken by Sheikh Al Suwaidi have been displayed for the first time on public display at the Heritage Village. All photographs capture the daily life of Dubai of the past decades in black and white.

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. The heritage sites in Shindagha comprise genuinely restored and fully equipped structures, representing traditional life in the UAE. The purpose of the sites is to safeguard the culture and architectural heritage of Dubai to ensure that present and future generations have an opportunity to celebrate their heritage.

At the Hatta Heritage Village, visitors will be able to watch Bedouin traditions, arts and crafts and hospitality. There are opportunities to explore and enjoy the traditional Emirati food like breads and harees and a traditional kitchen offering biryani and majboos. There will be displays of traditional games and music in addition to theatre shows and cultural competitions.

The Hatta Heritage Village, situated 115 Km southeast of Dubai city in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains, provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse into Dubai’s historical past. The history of the village can be traced back to 2000-3000 years. It consists of 30 buildings, each differing in size, interior layout and building materials.

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