DUBAI, 8th March, 2018 (WAM) — The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, along with Global Village, the region’s largest and first multi-cultural festival park, have welcomed senior VIPs to the eighth edition of its “Live our Heritage Festival”
The event was organised under the theme “An Eye on Emirati Cultural Heritage,” held as part of the continuous efforts of both parties to shed light on the UAE’s rich culture while representing a variety of authentic handicrafts and traditional and folkloric performances to the millions of visitors to the Global Village.
The VIP visitors included Sheikha Fatima bint Hasher Al Maktoum; Dr. Sheikha Hind bint Abdul Aziz Al Qassimi; Shamsa Saleh, Secretary-General of the UAE Gender Balance Council and CEO of Dubai Women Establishment; Dr. Faisal Albakeri, Advisor to the Minister of Education; Al Maha Al Bastaki, Director of the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, and Ghaya Al Muhairi, Acting Director of Dubai Educational Zone.
They also welcomed senior officials including Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director-General at Dubai Culture; Bader Anwahi, CEO of Global Village; Mohammad Al Mansoori, CEO of Operations Support Sector at Dubai Culture; Dr. Salah Al Qassim, Advisor at Dubai Culture, and Dhaen Shahin, Chairman Advisor at Dubai Culture.
The first week of the festival, which began on the 1st and runs until 8th March, focusses on educating visitors about Palm Frond Braiding (Saf Al Khos) at workshops hosted by craftsmen teaching people about the concept of the craft and the various steps of weaving. A number of other cultural activities are also taking place this week, including traditional folk dances and a variety of folk and traditional arts organised by the Omar bin Al Khattab Centre, which is one of Dubai’s Heritage Development Centres.
The “Live Our Heritage Festival” is held in co-operation with the Global Village, the Dubai Association of Folk Art, and Dubai Culture’s Dubai Heritage Development Centres.
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 visitor.