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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi organises cultural events programme in Al Ain

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is organising a programme of interactive educational events at different cultural sites in Al Ain.


Until the 23rd of June, different workshops for school students will be held at Qasr Al Muwaiji. Primary level students will be able to participate in the Colour Printing and Educational Box sessions, to enhance their artistic skills and acquire deeper cultural knowledge.

Intermediate level students will be able to participate in a larger number of workshops, these will include:  an introduction to Sadu, a traditional weaving craft included on UNESCO’s Representative List Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Khanjar (dagger) session will see students creating a version of this traditional tool and weapon out of aluminium foil, and the Tekkiyeworkshop will teach the skill of colouring textiles. In addition, the Falcon Burqa session offers the chance to design falcon masks using paper and leather.

Al Jahili Fort hosted the ‘Night at the Fort’ event on 28 February, under the theme ‘Desert Bedouins’. Participants had the chance to explore Al Jahili Fort and experience the life and customs of traditional Bedouins. The event included a number of activities: ‘Boxes from the Past’, an introduction to the collection of heritage items at the Fort; ‘Shadows’, where participants design and create shades that reflect elements from the desert culture and landscape; as well as an ‘Illuminated Painting’ activity, where participants were able to create vibrantly-coloured depictions of desert life.

Al Qattara Arts Centre also hosted the ‘Young Archaeologist’ programme, which took take place from 5-17 March. The two-week event featured hands-on workshops with the aim to raise awareness about archaeology, and the tools used to dig, clean, and renovate antiquities.

At Al Ain Palace Museum, ‘Weekends at the Palace’, was held from 21-22 February, mixing entertainment and educational activities to demonstrate what life in the UAE was like in bygone days. The event explored aspects of Emirati life in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, through interactive activities and anecdotes about the social bonds common to young people of those eras.


The event featured a traditional market, studio, and coffee shops, as well as collections of old magazines, cameras and toys such as the traditional games, AlKayram and Merrihana (swing). Activities included a traditional Al Harbiyah performance, where two lines of men facing one another hold canes or rifles which they swing in harmony. Al Azi traditional poetry recitations were also performed.


The studio at ‘Weekends at the Palace’ gave visitors the opportunity to take memorable pictures dressed in traditional Emirati attire. The event also featured an open-air cinema which screened popular old black-and-white Indian and Egyptian films, and sports such as wrestling and boxing.

For more information about the upcoming workshops, please visit: https://visitalain.ae

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