A group of 24 students from the HCT-Al Ain Men’s campus (AAM) attended the Fourth Edition of the Traditional Handicrafts Festival, at the Al Qattara Traditional Souq organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi, where they were able to experience the UAE’s rich history of craft making.
The festival, highlighted the importance of traditional craftsmanship, a vital element of the UAE’s national identity and Emirati heritage, and support efforts to preserve, revive, and transfer skills to future generations.
This festival is also aimed at promoting Al Ain as a leading traditional cultural tourist destination that attracts people of all ages and features a wide-range of activities and events.
The festival’s activities recalled traditional handicrafts that had functional roles in the past, as well as encourage innovation in preserving tangible and intangible heritage elements.
The traditional performance arts activities included Al Ayyala and Al Taghrooda, which are inscribed on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, in addition to Al Yola, Al Razfa, Al-‘Azi, Al Rababa, and Al Shallah.
The traditional craftsmanship components of the festival included presentations of Al Khos, Al Laikh, Al Talli, Al Qaraqir, Al Fakhaar (pottery), Al Ghazl (spinning), and Al Sadu, another element inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. These components demonstrated the intricate handicraft and creative skills of experts and highlighted the importance of promoting Emirati products reflective of the UAE’s artistic heritage.