New workshops to highlight UAE’s ancient cultural heritage

Al Ain Palace Museum

Ancient crafts are coming back into the spotlight thanks to a new series of events.

To share the heritage of the UAE with future generations, weekly workshops are being launched in Al Ain Palace Museum until October.

Guests can get involved in the sadu workshop and learn the weaving that was used to make shelters and tents to protect the Bedouin people from the harsh desert climate.

Sadu is one of seven Emirati traditions inscribed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, along with majlis and gahwa (Arabic coffee). Additionally, at the telli workshop, participants will get the chance to learn a distinctive embroidery skill where gold, silver and brightly coloured strings are interwoven and used to adorn clothing.

Visitors will also get the chance to learn khoos, or palm leaf weaving, a technique that was used to create a variety of household items including mats, hand fans, food covers and
ceiling decorations.

The free workshops are hosted every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until noon.

For more information, visit: visitabudhabi.ae

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