In celebration of the 44th National Day of the United Arab Emirates, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) is organising an extensive range of heritage-focused events and activities in Dubai as part of its commitment to social responsibility.
The series of special events commenced earlier this week with a cultural performance at the Faculty of Islamic Studies by a traditional Emirati troupe that highlighted the country’s rich intangible cultural heritage.
This was followed by an exclusive event at the American University in Dubai, where traditional tents were set up to showcase authentic Emirati hospitality and heritage to visitors and familiarise them with age-old traditions and customs that continue to resonate among the country’s younger generations.
Emphasising the importance of showcasing the cultural legacy of the UAE to a broad multi-cultural audience, Abdel Rahman Al Rayis, Head of Initiatives from HHC, said, “One of the pivotal goals of HHC is to popularise Emirati culture and heritage among residents and visitors in the UAE, with a view to enable young Emiratis as well as residents and tourists from many different nationalities to learn more about the history of our nation and the richness of our cultural heritage.”
HHC also participated in the celebrations that were held at the office of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, in Nad Al Sheba to mark the UAE National Day and the National Sports Day. The celebrations included a number of activities such as horse and camel parade alongside a special ‘Yoga Practice’ event that was attended by school students. Inside a specially designed heritage tent, guests enjoyed the opportunity to take pictures with falcons, which are seen as a symbol of the Emirates’ glory.
Khalid Mohammad Al Zahed, CEO, Strategy and Development, Office of HH Crown Prince of Dubai, said: “The National Sports Day initiative aims to encourage people of all ages to take part in sports activities as a means of keeping themselves fit and getting rid of stress. What made the celebrations special was the participation of 100 school students who enthusiastically practiced yoga, which is regarded as one of the most holistic fitness disciplines, at the event.”
In addition, HHC organised an open shooting tournament for staff in commemoration of the 44th National Day and National Sports Day to promote the spirit of cooperation and unity amongst its employees. Fifty HHC staff members participated in the competition, which saw valuable prizes being given away to winners and participants.
In a further demonstration of its commitment to social responsibility, HHC also hosted a special event in cooperation with the Dubai Club for the Disabled at the Zabeel Park, where traditional tents were set up to provide guests with a chance to acquaint themselves with the rich traditions of the UAE.