In celebration of World Heritage Day, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA AD) and Al Ain Palace Museum presented a variety of activities that reflected the rich heritage and culture of the United Arab Emirates. World Heritage Day was initiated by UNESCO in 1983, with the overarching aim to honor the diversity of human heritage and World Heritage sites around the globe. The 2017 theme, “Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism,” offered a programme emphasizing the values that heritage upholds. Al Ain’s archaeological and historic sites and landscapes, including those listed on UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2011, made it the ideal location for the annual celebrations.
The event aimed to give visitors unique insight into rich Emirati heritage and featured a variety of entertaining and educational programmes suitable for all age groups. Activities included traditional dances, educational workshops, panel discussions and food truck stations. The event took place on April 20 and 21 from 5 – 10 p.m. Traditional handicrafts hold a certain value in Arab heritage as they reflect the cultural and social diversity of an individual and the community. These practices are linked to local customs, traditions and values, and could be differentiated by variant social events and cultures, whether from the UAE or any other Arab region.
Folklore shows were aimed to make visitors feel a sense of home and a close connection to their heritage and culture. After all, cultural exchange is the currency of cultural tourism between countries. The International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is leading the World Heritage Day celebrations under the theme "Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism" within the framework of the 17 sustainable development goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The UAE was one of the first countries to support the Sustainable Development Plan. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the High-Level Committee on Sustainability established by the UN Secretary-General which recommended the establishment of "sustainable development goals." The UAE also supported these goals during the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
The Al Ain Palace Museum holds a great value to the UAE as it is located on the western edge of Al Ain Oasis. Also, the palace was previously a home to the founder of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and a center for political and social activitiesLast modified on GSTEAug+04:000PMGSTE_WedPMGSTE_WedEAugustPM15029094950GST