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Abu Dhabi: Travel Through Our Emirati Traditions
March 8, 2017
TCA Abu Dhabi and Al Ain National Museum have organized a unique public tour for both residents and tourists alike to experience Emirati culture first hand. The tour, Travel Through Our Emirati Traditions, will run its first installments on March 15 and March 22. Visitors will be able to spend time with Emirati women and families in their homes and farms, giving them an insight into the traditions and customs of Emirati life. Travel Through Our Emirati Traditions aims to offer the larger UAE community intimate settings to know more about Emirati culture, customs and traditions.
The tour will begin at 10am departing from Souq Al Jabra and will pass through the old central market, concluding at the Women’s market in Oasis Hospital. These markets and souqs represent the essence of traditional life in Al Ain and are known for products like Bakhour, Henna, and local Emirati clothes. Participations will also get a chance to visit the homes of Emirati women, and experience Emirati hospitality, while discussing tales of the past. The hosts will also discuss topics of daily life and symbols of Emirati Heritage including the traditional burqa, what it represents in Emirati culture, the role of Henna art and patterns in Emirati traditions; and an in depth look into traditional Emirati embroidery and how it is made.
Al Ain is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements, fusing the spirit of the past with a lively and contemporary vision for the future. The full cultural program organized by TCA Abu Dhabi highlights Al Ain as the cultural heartland of the Emirate and the home to the UAE’s only UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The program has been curated to support the UNESCO theme ‘Protecting our Heritage and Fostering Creativity’. The program will provide a variety of platforms to encounter the Emirate’s cherished past, while being immersed in today’s urban landscapes through multi-sensory experiences.
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