US festival spotlights Dubai’s heritage & vibrant history

US festival spotlights Dubai’s heritage & vibrant history
A presentation of traditional Emirati sailing boats at the 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held under the theme ‘United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape, Living Memory.’
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Updated 02 August 2022

US festival spotlights Dubai’s heritage & vibrant history

US festival spotlights Dubai’s heritage & vibrant history

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority participated in the 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival that was held at the National Mall in Washington, under the theme “United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape, Living Memory.” The authority took visitors on an innovative journey to explore the emirate’s heritage, traditions and history.

This festival is one of the world’s most prominent artistic and cultural events and is organized annually in Washington. After suspending its activities for two years, this year’s festival, which ran from June 22 to July 4, hosted the UAE, with the full support of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, and in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the UAE Embassy in the US.

Witnessing the participation of 80 artists from the UAE, the festival celebrated Emirati heritage and identity, as well as cultural, artistic and creative achievements, highlighting the UAE’s hosting of many prestigious cultural events that bring the intellectual world together.

Dubai Culture’s participation included a presentation of traditional Emirati sailing boats from its collections, in addition to a group of heritage collectables that were loaned from Al-Shindagha Museum, as well as collections related to the culture of the sea, such as marine navigation and pearl diving tools. In addition to the collections on display, lectures were organized with experts who highlighted the rich culture of the sea within Emirati heritage. It also provided visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the creation of the Al-Durour map, which was a reference for forecasting weather conditions based on the locations of the stars, and highlighted the emirate’s efforts to preserve Emirati cultural heritage across generations.

Mariam Al-Tamimi, manager of Al-Shindagha Neighborhood and acting director of Heritage Sites Department at Dubai Culture, said the authority is keen to celebrate Emirati culture and heritage and spares no effort to spread Dubai’s cultural heritage around the world.

Al-Tamimi added: “Dubai is a vibrant city that provides its residents and visitors with unique opportunities to learn about its distinctive heritage and historical origins. Participation in this festival was an opportunity to promote Al-Shindagha Museum as a major cultural attraction in the emirate, contributing to revitalizing the museum’s cultural tourism.”

Al-Shindagha Museum is Dubai’s largest heritage museum, taking visitors on a journey to explore the rich cultural heritage of the UAE and the social and economic life in this region.

Dubai Culture is the government entity entrusted with preserving and disseminating the emirate’s rich heritage, nurturing creative talent, supporting cultural diversity in the emirate, and enhancing Dubai’s position as a global center for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a thriving hub for talent.