Sharjah: The coast town of Dibba Al-Hisn warmly welcomed ‘Sharjah Heritage Days’ in its 19th edition last night (Monday), where it kicked off an exciting week full of heritage activities, cultural programs, artistic performances and folk dances for the public.
The official opening ceremony, organized by the Sharjah Heritage Institute, took place in the heritage village of Dibba Al-Hisn. Among the special guests were Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Head of the Ruler’s Office in Kalba, accompanied by His Excellency Ahmed Sultan Al Dhahouri, Deputy Chairman of Dibba Al Hisn Municipal Council, Matar Al Khashri, Director of the ‘Emir Diwan in the city, a number of heads and directors of government departments and agencies within it, and a large audience of heritage and folklore enthusiasts.
The patron of the opening ceremony, Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr Al Qasimi, was accompanied by His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Musallam and the rest of the officials on a tour of the impressive heritage village. During the visit, they admired everything from the children’s pavilion, the exhibition of crafts and productive families to the academic department and the cultural cafe.
Speaking about the “Sharjah Heritage Days”, Dr. Khalid bin Jamee’a Al-Handasi, Director of the Sharjah Heritage Institute branch in Dibba Al-Hisn, explained: “This year’s activities connect the audience with two important dimensions that unite heritage with the future, and the entertainment program is rich and full of surprises that will fascinate visitors.
“We are also delighted to host an exhibition of crafts and works, as well as a corner dedicated to productive families. These families sell an impressive range of products ranging from perfumes and tobacco to folk clothing, antiques and ancient heritage weapons.
“The program has something for everyone, including young people with the addition this year of the new ‘E-Turath’ event. This event is aimed at young people to help them become familiar with the ancestral heritage of their parents and grandparents. By creating events like these, we hope to help the future generation contribute to the preservation of heritage and identity.
Dr. Khalid also described how the Heritage Village’s activities program also includes cultural cafe lectures and academic and educational programs, in which the public can attend presentations on the four Emirati environments: mountainous, agricultural, desert and marine. These presentations will aim to confirm the cultural depth of civilization and the natural wealth of this utopian city.
Visitors will be able to have fun strolling between the corridors of the various exhibitions, watching shows and folk dances, while their children will enjoy specially designed interactive training workshops. Adults and children will also be well fed with delicious meals and popular dishes, and space has been allocated to sell fast food, hot drinks and fresh juices.
Government agencies are also set to participate in this distinguished heritage festival, including pavilions of Department of Suburban and Village Affairs, Sharjah Archaeological Authority, Department of Economic Development, Dibba Al-Hisn Sports Club, Teachers Association, Sharjah Police Headquarters, Badwa Center for Social Development (Irthi) and others.
The plan for the event will include holding a lecture entitled “Restoration of manuscripts… science and art”, presented by engineer Hassan Mamlouk, and another by Dr. Basma Kashmoula on “Successful leadership methods in the management of cultural institutions. During this time, children will be able to participate in a drawing workshop entitled “Animals by numbers” led by the engineer Wafa’a Daghestani and the workshop “Baradim Al Atfal” presented by the Al Mawroth library.