Throughout the month, Al Jahili Fort, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain Palace Museum, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Ain Oasis will host a series of heritage, folklore, artistic and cultural events for all members of the community to enjoy by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi for Al Ain Cultural Programme.
"Through this lively and varied programme, we aim to showcase Al Ain's unique attractions to residents and visitors alike, as well as giving them an insight into the richness of Emirati cultural heritage," said Faisal Al Dhahri, Acting PR and Communications Director at DCT Abu Dhabi. "We have included something that should appeal to all ages and backgrounds in the programme, so we hope everyone will take advantage of the cooler weather this month to come and experience for themselves the range of exciting events."
On 17th January, ‘Skills of the 1950s' is taking place at Al Jahili Fort, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police. The event features a live show to highlight the extraordinary skills of police dogs and their vital role in police work. It will also showcase the importance of dogs in the lives of the Arabian Desert inhabitants. The event will also examine the historical significance of the fort, which was a symbol of strength and power in the 1950s.
Qasr Al Muwaiji will host will host a variety of entertainment, educational and historical events, including ‘A Lens on History' on 18th January. The event includes workshops teaching the basics of photography, looking at the case of Qasr Al Muwaiji, where old photos have been the main source for its restoration process.
The venue will feature an exhibition showcasing President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's special dagger collection on 21st January. The programme will introduce visitors to the traditional tools and methods used in making the daggers as well as the correct way to wear them.
Qasr Al Muwaiji is also running the ‘Al Barzah' outdoor sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout January, enabling visitors and their families to experience a unique setting that introduces visitors to the Emirati tradition of Barzah - a Majlis that is run by elders, chieftains, and Sheikhs , which is where disputes are settled.
As for Al Qattara Arts Centre, the ‘Art for A Better Life' will take place on 29th January. The Centre, in collaboration with a local medical centre, will provide visitors and students with free physical examinations.
On 26th, 28th and 30th January, the Centre will host the ‘Young Archaeologist Programme', organised by Al Ain Museum. The event will introduce students to archaeology with an hands-on experience of archaeological excavation.
Al Ain Palace Museum will host a series of events under the title of ‘My Heritage, My Responsibility', which will highlight the traditions of old-style wedding ceremonies. The event includes a look at traditional Emirati fashion.
The Museum will also host cultural and awareness programmes on 21st January to highlight the vital role that Emirati women play in taking care of their homes along with ‘Soughaty’ that will include workshops in preparing milk, millstone and melting ghee.
On 29 January, the ‘Mandus' event will examine the life of Emirati men, showcasing their traditional clothes and various handicrafts, such as pottery.
Al Ain Palace Museum will also host morning workshops for students to increase their affiliation with national identity and other important cultural concepts along with the the ‘Cultural Guide' workshop on 21 January.
Al Ain Oasis is organising the ‘Agriculture Practices at the Oasis' event on 20th and 29th January, to introduce visitors to different horticulture and traditional agricultural techniques.
On 22nd January, the cultural authority continued, the ‘Handicrafts at the Oasis' event will showcase the handicrafts that feature in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
From 30th January to 1st February, Al Ain Oasis will host ‘Weekend at the Oasis', featuring numerous interactive activities for all ages.