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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - TRADITION

Hero's welcome for riders after successful conclusion of ‘Camel Trek’ expedition in UAE desert

Posted on 30/01/2017

The participants in the third edition of the ‘Camel Trek' organised and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC) were overwhelmed by the hero's welcome they received after successfully completing a journey of a lifetime in the desert of the UAE. A group of 13 men and women returned to Global Village on Friday January 27th after having set out on Saturday 21st January on a week-long expedition where they turned the clock back traversing the pristine sands of the desert used ...  >>MORE

Mohamed bin Zayed exchanges Eid greetings with King of Jordan

Posted on 13/09/2016

ABU DHABI, 13th September 2016 (WAM) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces exchanged greetings with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan during a telephone call made today. Sheikh Mohamed conveyed to King Abdullah II greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his wishes for further progress and prosperity to the people of Jordan. King Abdullah II greeted Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Emirati presence at Morocco festival to celebrate Bedouin culture

Posted on 11/05/2016

An Emirati presence at an annual festival in Morocco will help to celebrate a vibrant Bedouin culture. For the third year in a row Emiratis will take part in the Tan-Tan Moussem Festival. The event, which is now in its 12th year, is recognised by Unesco as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. "An active Emirati participation in the activities of the Tan-Tan Moussem Festival is quite important as it boosts cultural dialogue and reinforces exchange between the main ...  >>MORE

Camel trek through UAE reaches half-way point

Posted on 30/01/2016

It's Tuesday afternoon in a camp in Al Fuq', Al Ain, a sandy plain some 40 minutes from the Outlet Mall. More than a dozen camels are tethered a stone's throw from the camp and their riders — their faces showing the effects of days of sun exposure — stretch out in the canopied majlis, sipping on qahwa and welcoming this moment of relaxation after traversing more than 40km of desert since dawn. The group of 16, which includes two women, are of different nationalities. For most of them, the ...  >>MORE

Camel beauty contest at Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra festival

Posted on 10/12/2015

Nearly 30,000 camels will gather over the next three weeks in Madinat Zayed, the Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate, for Al Dhafra Festival. Now in its ninth year, the festival will combine for the first this year the Baynounah and Al Dhafra camel beauty and heritage shows into one festival. "Baynounah, a camel beauty competition for Emirati breeders, used to take place in the Western Region just before Al Dhafra, so it made sense to combine the two," Abdullah Butti Al Qubaisi, director of ...  >>MORE

Emirati family seeks to preserve tradition... in a big way

Posted on 31/08/2015

Dhows, once a crucial part of Dubai's pearling and trade industries, have long been in decline. Turned into restaurants, or put on display as artefacts of another era, no longer are they built to travel the high seas or beyond the Arabian Gulf. But at a quiet dockyard in Jadaf, one family is on a mission to preserve the tradition – and break new ground. Here, the Al Falasi family is building what they claim to be the world's biggest dhow. Obaid bin Juma bin Suloom Launch Repairing ...  >>MORE

Strong competition and spectacular performances mark second round of Fazza Championship for Youllah

Posted on 28/12/2014

The second round of Fazza Championship for Youllah witnessed strong competition last Friday between the four contestants who put on a dazzling performance that thrilled audiences at Al Meydan - Global Village. The Championship, organised by Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, was broadcast live on Sama Dubai TV. Ahead of the start of the second round, the winners of the Championship's first round were announced. Abdullah bin Saadeen Al Shehi came first with 5,092 votes, with Ahmed bin ...  >>MORE

Pearl diving still alive and kicking

Posted on 14/12/2014

Ali was eight years old when he went on his maiden pearl diving trip in the centuries-old tradition of his forefathers. Like most boys of his age in those days, Ali boarded the dhow with dreams in his eyes and excitement in his heart, beginning his tryst with the sea that became his life-long fascination. That was way back in 1960s, when the pearling culture in the region had almost ebbed, but going against the tide, Ali got hooked on to it. Ali Al Suwaidi is the founder of Emirates Marine ...  >>MORE

Senaat supports Khalifa Fund's Sougha Establishment in training Emirati artisans

Posted on 05/05/2014

Senaat, one of the UAE's largest industrial holding companies, is working to support local artisans and the preservation of Emirati cultural heritage through its partnership with Sougha Establishment, a Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development initiative. With the aim of empowering local Emirati women and helping cement their role in their respective communities, Senaat will be funding two12-week artisanal training programmes, valued at Dh140,000. Sougha, meaning a traveller's gift, or ...  >>MORE

Emirati women carry the tradition of abayas in style

Posted on 15/04/2014

My family and friends, I suspect, would not consider me to be a connoisseur of fashion. None would ever hold me up as an example of sartorial elegance and I've learnt to live with the cutting comments from the women in my life. As far as what passes for "male fashion” is concerned, the very thought of it leaves me cold. Provided that clothing isn't too baggy and trousers aren't very low-slung, I don't care. If I had to describe my ideal look, the term "casually smart” just about fits the bill, ...  >>MORE

UAE's unique cultural heritage on show at Bainounah Ebel Festival

Posted on 29/10/2013

Visitors and residents of the U.A.E. who want to discover some of the notable and unique traditions and customs of the country should get ready for the Bainounah Ebel Festival, taking place at Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi Western Region (Al Gharbia) from 16th to 21st November. Thousands of spectators will gather together to see hundreds of camels raised by U.A.E. nationals compete in traditional camel races and take part in the ever-popular beauty contest during the six-day festival with winners ...  >>MORE

A taste of UAE tradition

Posted on 24/06/2013

Arab expatriates and their families in the UAE have been looking forward to joining Hag Al Leila celebrations, observed midway through the month of Shaaban, to feel in their hearts the tradition that only the UAE in the GCC religiously and traditionally celebrates. Egyptian Khalid Shaaban and wife Lamiya, who have been in the UAE for five years, are among those expatriates, who are excited to participate in the celebrations. "Preparations for Ramadan actually begin with this night-time ...  >>MORE

Going back in time to the pearl era

Posted on 26/05/2013

The 60-foot dhow race organised by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday rode the waves of the Gulf waters, offering a glimpse of the nation's rich traditions to tourists and residents alike. In a boost to sea tourism, the RTA organised Al Gaffal dhow race, initially to be held on May 18, only to be delayed till Saturday. An RTA ferry stacked with sailing fans departed from the Marina Mall at 8am and headed to Moon Island, en route to which the sailing dhows with their white ...  >>MORE

National Council of Tourism and Antiquities promotes awareness about UAE's history

Posted on 11/11/2012

The National Council of Tourism and Antiquities initiated contact with the Ministry of Education to develop an overall plan to enable the youth to read and learn more about the history of the UAE. The move was in response to a recent call by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to nationals to read more to expand their knowledge of the history of their country and to preserve it as an integral part of the national identity, ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Sultan reveals inspiration behind poem

Posted on 01/10/2012

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah shared the inspirations that went into the creation of his poem "Manabe'a Al Ezz” (Sources of Pride) . He also highlighted the meaning of the poetic verses during his interaction on the direct line programme, which is simultaneously broadcast on Sharjah Radio and TV. In his interview with Sharjah Radio, Dr Sheikh Sultan said the poem carries memories of his childhood and his days as a ...  >>MORE

Keeping Bedouin traditions alive by bringing them to market

Posted on 09/08/2012

Launched just three years ago and with only seven women, Sougha was established by the Khalifa Fund to preserve and promote the traditions of Emirati artisans in a thoroughly modern way. More than 100 talented nationals have now benefited from the initiative, developing ranges of leather accessories for the scheme, which means "souvenir" in Arabic. As part of a collaboration with the online retailer Fashion ComPassion, a new collection of covetable, handcrafted clutches is about to be rolled ...  >>MORE

60ft traditional dhows line up for championship

Posted on 12/10/2010

Under the auspices of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) the best crews of the 60ft traditional dhows will line up on Saturday in preparation for the first round of the new seasons Championship. Four rounds are staged over the year ending in the now famous long distance race, Al Gaffal, from Sur Bu Na'air Island, fifty nautical miles offshore. Registration for the race in DIMC Race Centre closes at 17:00 on Thursday 14th October and over seventy boats are expected to sign up for Saturdays ...  >>MORE

Hospitality a key part of tradition

Posted on 02/08/2009

Around the world, cultural traditions and ways of life are handed down. Emiratis across the country and around the world are proud of and cherish their heritage even today, and endeavour to maintain their traditions even in the face of tremendous change and the rapid development of recent decades. In the UAE, many of those traditions reflect the people's historical reputation for generosity, courtesy and love of community. Emirati households, for example, ensure the majlis (reception area) ...  >>MORE

Camel festival promises thrills

Posted on 22/12/2008

More than 2,000 camel owners have registered to take part in the Al Dhafra Camel Festival 2009 - with more than 24,000 camels expected to compete in the event. The festival has been scheduled for tomorrow in the western region. "The fair has become, in record time, a stunning heritage carnival, not only for the heritage of the UAE, but also for the region as a whole," said Mohammad Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), who is also the ...  >>MORE

A voice for women and the Bedouin way of life

Posted on 18/12/2008

Haneen Ajarneh has everything to play for. She is one of only three women out of 48 finalists in this year's Millions Poet television show. "I was so happy to have been admitted to the finals and to have reached the Arab public across the Arab world,” says Ms Ajarneh, a psychologist from Naour, one of many Bedouin villages in Jordan's desert valleys. "It takes poetic aptitude and ability to appear convincing. It takes audacity and determination, especially as a woman.” As one of the few ...  >>MORE

Reviving a timeless tradition in Dubai

Posted on 28/02/2008

The almost extinct Gulf heritage in pearl trading is set to be resurrected in Dubai. However, this revival is a far cry from the old days of pearl diving when divers spent weeks searching for the treasure hidden in oysters. When the Pearls of Arabia project is completed in two years, creating a pearl business hub on "Antarctica" at The World manmade island cluster, the new face of the pearl trade in Dubai will reflect the progress the city has seen since the pre-oil era. Led by the Dubai Multi ...  >>MORE

Festival revives nation's famous deep-sea tradition

Posted on 24/02/2008

The waters of the Gulf have always been the source of the region's wealth. Just as today oil is pumped from below the waves, long ago it was oysters that sustained the local population. Daring pearl divers, who travelled for months up and down the coast, picked the precious white pearls. Pearls were the main economic force in the region, with the pearl drivers and traders gathering to buy and sell the precious commodity. As the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) comes to a close on Monday, Watani, ...  >>MORE

Bringing pearl industry back into focus

Posted on 02/11/2007

The world's second largest natural pearl will be auctioned in Abu Dhabi on November 20 as part of a strategy to bolster the UAE's pearling tradition. This was announced yesterday by the Dubai-based Pearl Revival Committee. The first-ever International Pearl Convention will also be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from November 18-22. One of the key aspects of the convention is the auction of the Arco Valley Pearl. It is worth approximately $8 million, and organisers expect it to reach $12 ...  >>MORE

UAE women try to keep their ancient traditions alive

Posted on 05/11/2006

Halimah Obaid sits immersed in her work as dozens of people, mostly tourists, mill about, some stopping to watch. Her trained fingers working nimbly with the red and silver threads, Obaid does not look up as cameras flash around her, slightly conscious but apparently proud to display her talents. The mother-of-two is making the teli – an example of Arab embroidery used to adorn women's clothes. At a neighbouring stall, her friends are also engrossed in making other traditional crafts – ...  >>MORE

Television helps to preserve the UAE’s cultural traditions

Posted on 02/04/2006

The lithe bodies in pristine kandouras move in time with the music, their weapons cradled in their arms. Spinning their rifles, the performers then throw them high in the air and catch them to the thunderous applause of the crowd. The setting for this display of skill is Dubai's Global Village, where the finals of a unique competition have been held to choose the best yawil or performer of al youla, an ancient Bedouin dance. This involves a performer showing off his dancing skills while ...  >>MORE

Keeping traditions alive

Posted on 17/09/2005

A worker at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Heritage Village moulds clay into a pot before it goes into the kiln. Each potter has a certain speciality and over the years will informally graduate to making stylish and bigger pots. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Window to tradition

Posted on 07/06/2005

Enter the Emirates Heritage Village for a walk down history. Need a culturally enriching way to beat the gruelling heat? Overwhelmed by Westernised pastimes such as malls, restaurants and cinemas, Abu Dhabians forget that they live in a country, let alone a city, that is bubbling with rich heritage and a fascinating history. Situated on a sprawling 1,600 sq metre site overlooking the Corniche, the Emirates Heritage Village journeys you to the past and lets you experience traditional life in ...  >>MORE

Traditional dance draws crowds of visitors at Heritage Village

Posted on 30/01/2004

A large number of the UAE nationals can be seen dancing on the traditional tune using swords and replica guns as props, every evening at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Heritage Village. The event has been a major attraction for visitors and residents of Dubai during the month-long Dubai Shopping festival (DSF). Chairman of the DTCM Committee for DSF 2004, Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook said that Al Youla, though traditional, commands huge popularity today among ...  >>MORE

Sticking to a traditional game

Posted on 19/01/2004

Children in the UAE have been playing Al Qabba — a game involving two sticks and two teams of 10 players each — for decades Thirty years back, children in Fujairah and Dibba played simple games to amuse themselves. They probably derived as much pleasure from them as the computer games enjoyed by the younger generation today. Al Qabba is one of the most common traditional games that children in the UAE and Fujairah have been playing for decades, long before the advent of modern technology. ...  >>MORE

Umm Al Nar win in close finish

Posted on 18/01/2004

The usually bustling and vibrant Dubai Creek wore a deserted look on Friday as 51 boats participated in the Traditional Rowing race which was flagged off at the Jadaf dock to end the 2 km course opposite the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. The participants were divided into two groups and displayed a magnificent battle of skill and physical strength. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Incense burners a mark of UAE hospitality

Posted on 23/08/2003

Arabia is the only place that produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia, cinnamon and the gum called ledanon, according to the Greek historian Herodotus (485-425 BC). The main incense fragrances were frankincense and myrry. This Arabic fragrance still has the still has the charm of days gone by. Called the peal of the desert, its production and trade in the UAE started a long time ago and it was as important then as oil today. Frankincense is usually mixed with other fragrances. When burnt it gives ...  >>MORE

Camel beauty contest starts today

Posted on 16/04/2003

Hundreds of local camels are today expected to line up before an expert panel of judges to vie for the title of the most beautiful camel in the Emirates. They will parade in a massive enclosure set up on a desert strip in Bani Yas outside Abu Dhabi city. Male and female camels will take part in the second major annual camel beauty contest, ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to preserve the country's culture and heritage. "The President has allocated big ...  >>MORE

'Shisha' (hubble-bubble pipe) cafes told to be careful of fires

Posted on 22/11/2001

The General Directorate of the Civil Defence in Abu Dhabi warned 'shisha' cafes on 17 November to take extra care during Ramadan to prevent fires starting which frequently happened in the past. Abu Dhabi Municipality banned shisha smoking in public places in 1996, but lobbying by coffee shop owners overruled the ban. http://www.adcci.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

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Hero's welcome for riders after successful conclusion of ‘Camel Trek’ expedition in UAE desert


Mohamed bin Zayed exchanges Eid greetings with King of Jordan


Emirati presence at Morocco festival to celebrate Bedouin culture


Camel trek through UAE reaches half-way point


Camel beauty contest at Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra festival


Emirati family seeks to preserve tradition... in a big way


Strong competition and spectacular performances mark second round of Fazza Championship for Youllah


Pearl diving still alive and kicking


Senaat supports Khalifa Fund's Sougha Establishment in training Emirati artisans


Emirati women carry the tradition of abayas in style


UAE's unique cultural heritage on show at Bainounah Ebel Festival


A taste of UAE tradition


Going back in time to the pearl era


National Council of Tourism and Antiquities promotes awareness about UAE's history


Sheikh Sultan reveals inspiration behind poem


Keeping Bedouin traditions alive by bringing them to market


60ft traditional dhows line up for championship


Hospitality a key part of tradition


Camel festival promises thrills


A voice for women and the Bedouin way of life


Reviving a timeless tradition in Dubai


Festival revives nation's famous deep-sea tradition


Bringing pearl industry back into focus


UAE women try to keep their ancient traditions alive


Television helps to preserve the UAE’s cultural traditions


Keeping traditions alive


Window to tradition


Traditional dance draws crowds of visitors at Heritage Village


Sticking to a traditional game


Umm Al Nar win in close finish


Incense burners a mark of UAE hospitality


Camel beauty contest starts today


'Shisha' (hubble-bubble pipe) cafes told to be careful of fires