Workshops Explore the traditions of the Majlis at Al Ain Palace Museum

Al Ain, 02 May April 2018 – Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), workshops and tours at Al Ain Palace Museum this week invited visitors to learn about the traditions of the majlis in UAE culture and the important role it has played in local society throughout history.

In the past, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan used to welcome the people of Al Ain to his majlis at Al Ain Palace Museum, where he enjoyed discussing the issues of the UAE and the region with members of the community. The first workshop in the series welcomed children from Emirates National School and brought this important social setting to life. The children each shared detail of the practices and traditions of their home countries and enjoyed a tour of Al Ain Palace Museum where they explored the different areas of the Palace. They then toured Al Ain Palace Museum’s oldest majlis before continuing to its newest.

At the end of the tour, the students participated in a handicraft workshop taught by Emirati women. The workshop gave participants an insight into traditional handicrafts along with the raw materials used to make them. The traditional handicraft industries represent the productive nature of life in Emirati society.

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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