Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has organised a range of exciting workshops for children at the Etihad Museum in celebration of International Museums Day. The museum welcomed around 100 children to partake in artistic workshops, heritage activities and a storytelling session that were designed to stimulate curiosity and help them learn about UAE history in a memorable way.
The workshops ran from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th May and included activities such as ‘Gahwa Painting’, ‘Union House Sculpture’, ‘Robot’, ‘The Majlis and the Etiquette of Arabic Coffee’ and a storytelling session and workshop with Maitha Alkhayat. During the workshops, children were encouraged to take inspiration from objects in the museum to create unique artworks, and learnt about rich elements of UAE heritage and culture to deepen their appreciation for their national identity. The storytelling session similarly engaged children with tales about Emirati heritage, while also supporting the National Reading Strategy 2016-2026. The workshops are the latest in in a series of educational programmes that have been launched by Dubai Culture to create a living and welcoming museum experience.
Children participating in the workshops also discovered the Etihad Museum’s recently launched Family Pack, which provides a range of fun and educational activities for them to complete including treasure hunts, drawing projects, investigation tasks, quizzes and other engaging challenges. The Family Pack is suitable for children of all ages and is available in both Arabic and English for any family visiting the museum.
By taking children on a unique visitor journey, the Family Pack promises to strengthen their national pride, enhance visits to the museum and provide a fun day out for the whole family. Families using the self-guided packs will find that the Etihad Museum is an enriching and enjoyable place to share stories, spend quality time with loved ones and understand historical objects in a new light.
The Etihad Museum tells the story of the 1971 Union Agreement through the eyes of the Founding Fathers, giving visitors valuable human insights into this pivotal era of UAE history. By celebrating the dedication, commitment and patriotism of the Founding Fathers, the museum invites individuals from all walks of life to follow their shining example in nation building.
About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realisation of the Dubai Plan 2021, to highlight Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embed the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.
As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season – the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair, Middle East Film & Comic Con, SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region, Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre – an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE and that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, and Dubai Next – a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and its vibrant creative scene on the global stage.
The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia creatopia.ae the nation’s first government empowered virtual community that guides and nurtures the creative culture of the nation and provides a platform of information and opportunities that lead to exposure and personal growth.
Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in support of the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Libraries branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library also provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy, with its activities open to all age groups, and which revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.
The Authority also manages more than 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian Authority of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture will officially launch Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum will provide a platform to encourage cultural exchange and to connect Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority’s mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point of diverse cultural exchange (regionally & globally), all of its museums will provide a catalyst to preserve Emirati Heritage.