Residents of Al Ain enjoy UAE Heritage Workshops at Qasr Al Muwaiji

First Family Day workshop opens with ‘dagger decorating’ workshop

Al Ain, 19 March 2018 – As part of the ongoing of Al Ain Cultural Programme, Qasr Al Muwaiji and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) hosted the a Family Day workshop on March 16th, the first in a series of workshops for families and children, which will take place once a month until July 2018.

The Family Day workshops are part of the Department’s efforts to raise awareness and promote Emirati heritage. The diverse programme of workshops has been designed to engage a broad spectrum of ages to explore the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates.

The workshop is part of a series of initiatives by the museum to engage families and foster a collective family environment.

The workshops will be held once a month and will explore a variety of topics. The first session highlighted the role of daggers in Emirati history. Public attendees who attended the workshop, decorated daggers in a variety of ways and were then instructed in how to wear the daggers. Organised by the museum’s education department, the audience were educated on one of the key tools in Emirati heritage and history.

Qasr Al Muwaiji is one of the most significant cultural destinations in Al Ain, as it is considered one of the oldest historical monuments in the UAE. It houses an exhibition of photographs and quotes, entitled President of the Nation, which recounts the history of the building and its many residents, and the wider history and archaeology of Al Ain city. The exhibition is the result of the work of a huge group of professionals, including archaeologists, conservationists, architects, historians and curators, who have collaborated to create a distinctive showcase which respects the past and safeguards it for future generations. Al Ain has several museums which tell its unique story, with Qasr Al Muwaiji joined by Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Palace Museum and Al Jahili Fort.

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About The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

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