Head into the past at Al Qattara Souq in Al Ain from 30th October to 16th November
Want to find out how our local ancestors lived from day to day? Now you can.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is celebrating the significance of handicrafts in the UAE’s history and is also helping to preserve the industry.
Under this year’s theme Crafts of the Ancestors, Pride of the People, the event will host a series of traditional cultural activities and workshops introducing the public to these art forms, with the participation of traditional crafts professionals from across the UAE.
In addition to the general promotion of traditional crafts, the festival works closely with families who work in the industry, providing support and helping them to adapt to the demands of the modern consumer market.
With 120 families taking part, the festival aims to increase their income through marketing efforts, while encouraging them to innovate with their products and business models.
Saeed Hamad Al Kaabi, intangible heritage director at DCT Abu Dhabi, said:
“The Traditional Handicrafts Festival returns to Al Qattara Souq year after year to emphasise DCT Abu Dhabi’s commitment to preserving our ancestors’ heritage that is represented in their handmade crafts and environmentally-adaptable products, some of which made a source of income for many.”
“The Festival aims at raising the coming generation’s awareness of the great value in our nation’s rich past and heritage, while providing the ideal platform for families to interact with heritage and its artistic components.”
There’s going to be a wide variety of traditional arts and crafts, including Al Razfa, Al Ayala, Al Rababa, Al-‘Azi, Al Taghrooda, Al Shallah, and Al Yola, in addition to traditional games.
Other activities will include Al Khos (palm frond braiding), Al Sadu (weaving), Al Talli, Al Fakhaar (pottery), Al Ghazl (spinning), ornament and jewellery making and tailoring.
For younger audiences, the festival will be offering workshops such as falconry, painting and colouring.
The event will also feature a series of competitions that will involve the preparation of Gahwa (Arabic coffee) and traditional dishes, in addition to Al Yola competitions for children.
There will also be an opportunity to shop at the Traditional Market where handicrafts, food, clothing, decorations, medicinal herbs, falconry tools, Arabic coffee, dates and sweets will be on offer from local artisans.
The festival will be open to the public from 9am until 10pm daily from 30th October to 16th November.