Dubai Culture Highlights the Hatta Region and Heritage Village as a Year-Round Destination for Sports Enthusiasts
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 November 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, is drawing on Hatta’s heritage to sustain the values of the ‘Dubai Fitness Challenge’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council for the Dubai Government.
To motivate Dubai citizens and residents to maintain the high levels of activity they achieved during the challenge, the Authority is highlighting Hatta Heritage Village as a destination where they can take inspiration from the healthy lifestyle enjoyed by Dubai’s earliest settlers.
Overlooking two mountains, Hatta Heritage Village captures a traditional and rural way of life that stretches back 3,000 years. The villagers once lived off the land and its national resources, making fitness and activity a natural part of any normal day. They climbed palms to harvest dates, hand farmed their land out in the fresh air, and walked to find honey and gather water. The village is now home to 30 buildings that offer a glimpse into this history, including a castle, a fortress, shops offering traditional heritage collections, and a group of neighbouring farms with a fresh water canal.
Khalid Ali Gharib, Manager of Hatta Heritage Village, commented: “Hatta is an ideal destination for cultural tourists because it is rich in archaeological and historical sites and museums, and allows visitors to learn about traditional industries while also indulging in various forms of artistic expression that are made available at continuous cultural events hosted throughout the year. While the ‘Dubai Fitness Challenge’ has drawn to a close, we want to highlight Hatta as a unique destination where the public can learn about the country’s rich heritage through various outdoor activities, and maintain healthy lifestyles in line with the wise vision of our leadership.”
Although the ‘Dubai Fitness Challenge’ came to a close on Saturday 18th November, the Authority is encouraging the public to continue living an active lifestyle and visit the Hatta Heritage Village, where they can discover traditional activities such as mountain biking, crossing the waters of the Hatta Dam in rowing boats, or simply exploring one of Dubai’s most spectacular landscapes.
Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the Emirate’s rich heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors.
Dubai culture recently produced a short movie highlighting the charming nature of the Hatta area for UAE residents and visitors alike. The video was shot using a drone to capture the beauty of Hatta and was broadcasted on the Authority’s various digital channels. The video can be viewed and downloaded via the following links:
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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realization of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.
As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair- an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.
The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (www.creatopia.ae) – the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.
Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.
The Authority also manages more than 16 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum provides platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), the museums will play a catalyst role in preserving Emirati Heritage.
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