Al Jahili Fort to host 48th National Day celebrations

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is organising a programme of events and performances marking the anniversary of the UAE

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is organising a series of events at Al Ain’s historic Al Jahili Fort on 2 December, to commemorate the 48th National Day of the UAE. A programme celebrating the best of Emirati culture and identity will see visitors enjoy heritage workshops, performing arts, traditional food, sports, and games, and more.

Visitors can work up an appetite whilst watching traditional sports such as falconry and Saluki (dog racing), then watch live cooking demonstrations of traditional food, including Raqaq (thin bread), Jabab (pancakes), and Luqaimat (sweet dumplings in syrup), followed by tasting sessions.

Children can learn about the traditions of the Emirates in educational workshops, finding out more about traditional Emirati dress, making traditional handicrafts and participating in traditional games typical of Emirati childhood.

In the evening, Al Jahili Fort will host a programme of performances showcasing aspects of Emirati performing arts, including poetry sessions, traditional music, and traditional martial arts. The night will also feature a performance of military music and a police dog show.

Al Jahili Fort is one of the most important heritage sites in Abu Dhabi emirate, welcoming guests throughout the year to explore its traditional architecture and displays of historical artefacts, as well as the calm oasis surrounding the site.


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