The Sheikh Zayed Festival in Al Wathba area in Abu Dhabi embodies the civilization of the UAE, its cultural and human heritage, and introduces it in modern ways to the public of all spectrums of society, and visitors who come to it to participate in many heritage and international events.
The festival attracts more than 40 countries from around the world, and the number of its activities exceeds 4,500 events over 130 days, in an exceptional version, which is very popular with families, as it suits all ages and tastes.
The pavilion of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is known for the authentic Emirati heritage through an educational journey that it offers to its visitors, to show them handicrafts and folklore, and the files registered by the UAE on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, namely: the falconry file, the aflaj, and the Majlis Al-Sadu, Al-Azi, Al-Razfa, Arabic coffee, Al-Ayyala, Al-Taghrooda, Arabic calligraphy, and the Palm.
Saeed Hamad Al Kaabi, director of the pavilion at the Sheikh Zayed Festival, said: “The pavilion provides a live experience about the crafts, arts and heritage files of the Emirates, through daily performances of Emirati folk arts (Al-Razfa, Al-Ayala, Al-Azi, Al-Yola), and workshops to preserve heritage and pass it on to future generations. Presenting Arabic coffee to all its visitors, and receiving them at the UAE Majlis (Al Maylis), as well as providing publications and introductory brochures on the rich Emirati heritage, which explain the details of the originality and antiquity of the intangible heritage in the Emirates.
Al Kaabi confirmed that the pavilion will organize, during the coming period, which will last until March 10, 2022, special workshops for teaching Emirati crafts that are threatened with extinction and rare; Where the pavilion opens the door to participation in workshops for female citizens, to learn and master the craft of “cash” and the craft of “badala” which is a rare craft that we are trying to revive in the hearts of the younger generations, to preserve and preserve it. , and then an expert.
The pavilion receives its guests with Arabic coffee, which is known in the Emirates as a symbol of generosity and hospitality, and appointed an expert to provide workshops for its visitors on the mechanism of making Emirati coffee, as well as the sport of falconry; The pavilion provides an opportunity to get to know the falcons and take memorial photos with them, with the aim of reviving, documenting and sustaining this heritage as a civilizational and cultural heritage for future generations, shedding light on it and introducing it to the world.
The council is also a cornerstone of the Department of Culture and Tourism’s pavilion, as it is an element of the traditional Emirati house, and it represents an important and authentic aspect of daily life in the Emirati environment in its various regions. And the Emirati heritage through generations, and shedding light on this cultural element contributes to identifying its important role in traditional life in the Emirates.