Visitors Enjoy Hagg Al Laila Celebrations at the Qasr Al Muwaiji Family Day Workshop

Young participants and families explored traditional arts and crafts inspired by Hagg Al Laila, a significant Emirati cultural occasion

Al Ain, 17 April 2018: As part of the Al Ain Cultural Programme organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the Family Day workshop series was held at Qasr Al Muwaiji on 13th April. The second session of the Family Day workshop series focused on Hagg Al Laila, a significant traditional cultural occasion celebrated across GCC countries.

One hundred and fifty attendees participated in the workshop, decorating their own Hagg Al Laila bags, known as Khreeta, a traditional fabric cut-out used for the collection of sweets. The aim of the workshop was to spread happiness and strengthen the national identity and deepen the heritage of the UAE.

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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