DCT Abu Dhabi holds cultural programmes at Qasr Al Muwaiji

ABU DHABI, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced that it will hold a number of cultural programmes at Qasr Al Muwaiji in Al Ain between 23rd October and 26th December, in celebration of the emirate’s cultural heritage and its deep-rooted history.

Qasr Al Muwaiji’s programmes, which are free of charge and open to all ages, include a number of weekly and monthly workshops, on topics such as archeological excavation and the art of making the Royal Bisht, which will enable participants from all ages to learn about Emirati crafts and traditions in greater detail. The workshops will introduce visitors to recent restoration works taking place at Qasr Al Muwaiji and raise awareness of the project itself.

Archaeological excavation workshops are scheduled to be held every Wednesday from 10am till 12pm. Interested visitors will be able to take part in excavation work under the supervision of a specialised archaeological team. Participants will also be able to learn all about the Royal Bisht and its manufacturing techniques through bi-monthly workshops facilitated by experts in Bisht making, with the workshop also including an opportunity to have a closer look at the varied collection of Al Nahyan Family’s bishts.

Qasr Al Muwaiji is considered to be one of the main cultural destinations in the Al Ain area. It is the birthplace of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The palace contains an exhibition of historical photographs and interactive digital screens that recount the history of the building, its residents and the archeological history of the Al Ain area. The exhibition comes following the hard work and extensive preparations put together by a large team of professionals, including archeologists, restoration experts, historians, and exhibition organisers who decided to hold an exhibition in order to mark these historical practises and preserve them for the next generation. Al Ain is home to many museums each with their own unique story to tell, including Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Palace Museum and Al Jahili Fort.

Source: Emirates News Agency