(MENAFN - saharapr) Sharjah 12 April 2021
The third and final day of Sharjah Heritage Days was concluded in the city of Kalba, amid a distinguished public turnout. The event was organized in light of full commitment to all preventative and precautionary measures, and with the distinct participation of official government agencies.
The activities of the closing ceremony included artistic performances and beautiful dances by popular groups, with the art of the Dan, the art of Al-Razif Al-Harbi, and of Al-Ayyala presented, and the Al-Hosn Theatre witnessed the presentation of Russian, Syrian, Yemeni, and Lebanese folklore performances.
The events were attended by His Excellency Khamis bin Salem Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Suburbs and Villages Affairs; Sheikh Majid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Suburbs and Villages Affairs, Dr Saeed Mubarak Al Haddad, Director of Kalba Branch of Sharjah Institute for Heritage; Khaled Al Shehhi, Director of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Khorfakkan Branch; as well as large crowds of heritage lovers and residents and residents and citizens of Kalba and the surrounding areas.
Sharjah Days achieved communication between generations
His Excellency Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the 18th edition of Sharjah Heritage Days, said, “In this year’s edition, Sharjah Heritage Days was able to resume as planned due to the good organization, preparation, and a number of safety measures and special protocols in place. The event was a resounding success due to the keenness of the organizers and placing the focus in two directions: towards the success of the event and also achieving the goals of preserving heritage whilst protecting the health and safety of all.”
He stressed that this broad participation from all official bodies is evidence of Sharjah's keenness to embody the visions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, who honoured Al-Ayyam by opening events in the city of Kalba, in a bid to protect heritage, be reminded of it, and revive it. Sharjah Heritage Days works to share the importance of history and heritage with new generations, hence the importance of the event being held in main cities; Sharjah, Khor Fakkan, and Kalba.
Dr Al Musallam expressed his thanks and appreciation to all participants in the Sharjah Heritage Days from government and private agencies, academics, media figures, public figures, and audiences of different age groups, and everyone who contributed to the success of these days.
Various offers for the different environments of the city of Kalba
The Sharjah Heritage Days in the city of Kalba included performances on the different environments of the emirate, from a marine environment, an agricultural environment, a mountain environment and a coastal environment. In the mountain environment, pictures of the mountainous terrain of the city of Kalba were shown, and some mountain plants, stones and mountain rocks were also displayed. From the marine environment, models of ships and boats that were used in the past in fishing and transporting passengers were shown. The presentations also included a workshop for the craft of making salty fish, the way of working “Al-Jashi”, and many methods including the making of nets were also presented. Additionally, workshops were held to show event attendees the method of making fishing boats using wood and palm wicker.
As for the agricultural environment, the method of working the “yazra” was presented, which is the tool used to extract water from the fold by means of the bull, as well as the environment displays including a variety of crops and agricultural products displayed, and the coastal environment presented pictures of the coastal environmental topography.
Women’s dress is the focus of a lecture in Sharjah Heritage Days
Within the activities of the academic administration in the Sharjah Heritage Days in Kalba city, a lecture was organizer in the Heritage Library entitled “Emirati Women’s Dress”, during Dr. Reem Tariq El-Mutwalli, author and founder of The Zay Initiative, led the lecture. Latifa Al Matroushi, Scientific Publication Officer at the Sharjah Institute for Heritage also spoke at the lecture.
Dr. Al-Metwally talked about the development of women's dress in the UAE based on her book (Sultani), which examines women's dress in the Emirates during the reign of Sheikh Zayed, may God bless him, and about the changes that occurred to dress during that period. In her lecture, she touched on the "costume" initiative. It is a non-profit charitable initiative that was created with the aim of registering heritage through costume, traditional clothing and heritage jewellery, in order to create a digital platform in the Arab world to broadcast the heritage of costume and jewellery to the world. She affirmed that her message is that our heritage is unique and deserves to be appreciated, preserved and sustainable for future generations.
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