Visitors Enjoy Traditional Emirati Experiences at My Heritage, My Responsibility Series at Al Ain Palace Museum
Al Ain Region, 10 December 2017: As part of Al Ain Cultural Programme organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the My Heritage, My Responsibility series returned to Al Ain Palace Museum on 7 and 8 December for the second consecutive year.
Featuring an array of events and activities, this edition of the programme focused on the variety of traditional performances typical to the different regions of the UAE, by presenting audiences to traditional performances such as Al Leywa, Nadba, Aazi, and Alruwah.
The programme included 4 educational workshops for children, where the “Record It” workshop enabled young participants to best describe the carried out traditional performances on recording devices; the “Decoupage” workshop explored their young talents in creating artworks inspired by the traditional dances; children also enjoyed making their own drumming instrument in the “Create Your Drum” workshop, and joined each other in creating harmonious rhythmus during the “Drumming” workshop.
Visitors enjoyed a variety of cultural activities, from folk-dance performances, to traditional market kiosks featuring Emirati dishes, in addition to educational workshops that gave them a glimpse into the history of traditional performing arts.
ABOUT AL AIN PALACE MUSEUM
Al Ain Palace Museum dates back to 1937 and was the primary and former residence for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004) during his reign of Al Ain from 1946 until 1966. It was converted into a museum in 1998 before its inauguration by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2001, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Located at a strategic position in the city, the museum’s west side overlooks the beautiful Al Ain Oasis and its palm groves, which also provided the old palace with fresh water.
The former residence of the founder of the United Arab Emirates shows visitors the early stages of his life in power, and pays homage to the Bedouin heritage that he cherished. The architectural design and construction of the Palace is typical of historic buildings of the UAE, where locally sourced and environmentally friendly building materials were also used in its making. It features the characteristic ventilation aspects that are designed to keep the buildings cool in the summer months.
A renovation saw the addition of two new buildings, one of which houses the administration and displays gifts dedicated to the museum from the local community, and the other presents a family tree of the Al Nahyan Family, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about the country’s ruling family and lineage. The palace interior was renovated to reflect traditional designs, and the furniture is typical of the era it was built in. The museum also features a Land Rover in the courtyard of the internal palace that is similar to the car that Sheikh Zayed used during his visits to check on the conditions of the communities of the region.
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 – Abu Dhabi 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.