HCT-Ras Al Khaimah Women’s College (RKWC) semester-four Business students, accompanied by two faculty members, spent a culturally enriching and rewarding day at Al Bastakia, Dubai.
The visit was part of a project on sustaining culture through tourism.
Established at the end of the 19th century by textile and pearl traders from Bastak, Iran, Al Bastakia has been refurbished and its twisting alleyways lined with merchant’s houses, art galleries, cafés, and heritage items offer the visitor a glimpse of Dubai’s rich past.
The students began the Bastakia tour in mid-morning at the white Mosque with a cultural talk by Nassif, an expert in Emirati culture, customs & traditions. Then the students enjoyed a walking tour of al Bastakia followed by a Q&A session over coffee and dates with Dalia and her team about culture and heritage of the UAE.
A pleasant lunch in the Bastakia Restaurant’s beautiful courtyard wrapped up the day for the students who loved the trip. The students emphasized how much they had learnt about their culture and sustainable cultural tourism.
Giovanna Bejjani, facilitator of the course and organizer of the trip, said,” This was a day to remember for the girls. It is crucial for our students to have exposure and connection with envisioning projects in their community and to delve deeper into their own culture and heritage.”