DCT Abu Dhabi concludes participation in 12th Souk Okaz Festival

ABU DHABI, 21st July, 2018 (WAM) — The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, has concluded its successful participation in the 12th edition of the historical Souk Okaz Festival, which ended recently in Saudi Arabia.

The DCT Abu Dhabi pavilion, which was located in the Arab Neighborhood section, attracted more than 10,000 visitors per day.

Emirati artisans proved a major attraction for visitors to the Festival, which was organised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, as they presented live demonstrations of traditional crafts practiced by Emirati women, such as Sadu and Khous.


Inscribed on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, Sadu is the art of weaving wool to create various types of carpet, while Khous uses dry palm leaves to create baskets, food containers, hand fans amongst other items. The artisans also showcased many products made from traditional materials which meet modern-day needs, along with traditional clothing, incense and Tali products (woven striped products).

Saeed Hamad Al Kaabi, Director of the Intangible Heritage Department at DCT Abu Dhabi, said, “Our participation in Saudi Arabia’s heritage events is of particular importance due to our shared cultural and historical heritage.

“Our Souk Okaz pavilion witnessed a huge number of Saudi visitors, who expressed particular interest in UAE heritage in all its forms. We were happy to present to them the skills of Emirati artisans in creating high quality products from basic raw materials.”

The UAE pavilion also highlighted a number of Emirati performing arts, including those listed on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity, including Al Razfa, Al Azi and Al Yola.

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