Olympic guests enjoy authentic Sharjah traditions

SHARJAH, Sharjah guests enjoyed a rich cultural and entertaining day at the Heritage Village as part of the Host Town program Sharjah.

Through the program, Sharjah is hosting 24 delegations of teams participating in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, to kick off in Abu Dhabi in March.

At the Heritage Village, the guests where received by a number of governmental officials headed by Dr. Tariq Sultan bin Khadem, Chairman of the local executive committee of the Emirate of Sharjah for the program.

Attendees enjoyed being introduced to the authentic Emirati culture and heritage where they listened to the folklore tales and learnt about the agricultural and seamanship practices of old Emirati people.

The visitors enjoyed the heritage activities that included traditional costumes, Oud perfumes, Arabic coffee and Henna. The latter was especially appreciated by female attendees who had their hands covered with colourful henna drawings by the Emirati senior women of the village.

The Local Organizing Committee,LOC, of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and Host Town committees of each emirate, is hosting the world from 8 – 11 March .

The World Games’ Host Town program will be the largest cultural exchange program in the Middle East and North Africa. It will see almost 11,000 athletes and coaches from over 190 nations hosted across all seven emirates. It is the first milestone for the delegations and athletes upon arriving in the UAE for the World Games where they experience the rich culture and history of the UAE ahead of their participation in the Games.

The delegations will spend three days in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah to experience true Emirati hospitality.

Source: Emirates News Agency