From the traditional doors of Dubai that decorate the old Al-Shindagha houses, the visitor's journey to the activities of the first edition of "Al-Shindagha Days", organized by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), is launched in cooperation with the Dubai Shopping Festival, which started last Thursday.
These doors open to a complete view of the legacy and charm of the past, and in the traditional and original face of Dubai, starting from the central point of the exhibition, which is an essential area in the first commercial movement of Dubai and its commercial artery, Al Shindagha, to all aspects of life, types of traditional crafts, arts, outfits, boards, etc.
The “Shindagha Days” schedule includes many exhibitions and events, allowing visitors to get acquainted with the traditional doors that decorate the old houses in the “Shindagha doors” exhibition, then through which he sets out on a tour that introduces him to the Emirati ships and their importance, after which he proceeds to get acquainted with pearls and his trade, to The side of the crafts related to the wicker industry.
For her part, Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture emphasized that these cultural activities would contribute to shed light on Dubai's heritage and cultural heritage, and enhance the civilizational status of the Emirates regionally and globally, adding: “(Al-Shindagha days) constitutes an exceptional event that carries in its possession A bouquet of various activities that enrich the audience’s knowledge of the authentic UAE culture and rich history, highlighting the determination of the people of Dubai that enabled them to draw wisdom from the past and build a modern city rooted in its heritage.
She pointed out that these activities "contribute to enhancing the place of this historic region and placing it on the cultural map at the regional and international levels, in addition to dedicating Dubai's status to a global center of culture, an incubator of creativity, and a meeting place for talents."
On this rich schedule and the organization of “Days of Shindagha,” Abdulaziz Al-Raisi, Director of Heritage Sites in Dubai Culture, told “Emirates Today” that “this historic region witnessed the urban and cultural development of Dubai, and the exhibition distributed in the alleys of Shindagha will convey this culture.” And the UAE values for visitors.
He pointed out that the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Dubai Shopping Festival was a motive for cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in organizing events, pointing out that the schedule of "Shindagha Days" that was laid out over a period of 10 days is characterized by diversity and selection of events that was not limited to displaying culture, Rather, he relied on interactive workshops that allow visitors to interact with them, especially the council that seeks to communicate features of the Emirates heritage and the culture of its people, and how they spend their time, as well as old games. The principal stressed that the authority supports any event that makes Dubai city a global hub for creativity and talent, considering that what distinguishes Emirati society from citizens and residents is the link to heritage, as culture and heritage intersect greatly, and the past is the focal point in culture as well as in life, as he put it. .
For her part, Suhaila Ghobash, Director of Events Department at Dubai Festival and Retail Foundation, said that the Shindagha area was an important point for many cultural events that were absent during the past years due to the rebuilding of the region, and it was opened again to focus on culture and heritage.
She stressed that "highlighting the Emirati heritage is very important for the Dubai Shopping Festival, because visitors to any country are searching for its heritage and culture." She pointed out that the festival is an integrated program. "The festival's middle name is shopping, and it includes profit, events and fireworks, as it is all based on making joy." Dubai offers its best times, and for this there is a keenness to highlight all the features of the emirate, and in this session (25) there is a great deal of cooperation with all sides.
The exhibition, which is organized within the "Days of Shindagha", carries a wide participation of many talents in various arts. Mohamed Al-Maqbali, from Tamashi company, specialized in leather production, said that they are working in the company to present beautiful elements in the Arabian Peninsula, and to highlight them in their products in a contemporary way, explaining that the products presented are inspired by rock inscriptions and ancient writings in the Arabian Peninsula, known as Khatt The Musnad, which was found around 800 BC and continued to be used 600 CE.
As for the Egyptian artist Rami Ragheb, he participates in displaying pieces of art that highlight the local heritage, including iron sculptures for horse faces, while working on a clay sculpture for the head of the oryx, indicating that the work will eventually be decorated with Arabic calligraphy. He stated that he seeks to provide works of materials that can be recycled.
The Al-Barqasha project offers products made in the UAE. Heba Al-Qahtani said that every work in "Al-Bashara" is a collaboration with an artist who presented his work for use on a range of products, noting that there are many exhibits that highlight the diversity of heritage, especially by combining what is modern and original.
In the context of heritage renewal as well, Azza Al Sharif, who participates in a studio cloth, works by providing a set of accessories inspired by the cowl, as well as earrings inspired by Mukhala, explaining that she uses heritage items to create innovative collections of products, to reach the belts of the dagger, which transformed her To a belt and bag through cooperation with "The Dagger House."
It is noteworthy that the "Shindagha Days", whose activities were suspended for three days (from last Friday to today), due to the instability of the weather situation, will resume their activities tomorrow and continue until January 18 this year.
"(The Days of Shindagha) is an event that highlights the resolve of the people of Dubai, which enabled them to build a modern city rooted in its heritage."
"The historical Shindagha area was a witness to the urban and cultural development of Dubai."
Cultivation of pearls
Pearls of Al-Suwaidi Company participated in the exhibition "Days of Shindagha" by presenting an idea to visitors about the cultivation of pearls.
The company’s CEO, Sarah Mohamed, told «Emirates Today» that “this project offers pearl cultivation as we worked on establishing special farms for its production, in addition to other oyster farms, and our participation allows visitors to learn about these stages of cultivation.” She added that the farm includes more than 40 thousand shellfish, through which the cultivation of pearls, which requires two years in order to produce a success rate of up to 60%, and then be sold or designed in jewelry and accessories painted.
Sarah noted that the farm is environmentally friendly, considering that what distinguishes the pearls is that they are produced in different sizes and colors naturally without any interference or any external influence.
Days are organized during the "Shindagha Days" that conclude on the 18th of this month.
The "Days of Shindagha" schedule includes many exhibitions, events and heritage activities that introduce visitors to the emirate's ancient history.
"Days of Shindagha" contributes to enhancing the place of this historical region and placing it on the cultural map .. And it opens its doors again tomorrow to receive visitors.