Fifth Annual Women’s Heritage Walk honours UAE women strength

ABU DHABI, 9th March, 2018 (WAM) -- The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi, has welcomed 54 women to Al Ain as they prepared to embark upon an historical journey, tracing the footsteps of generations of Emirati women along the 120 kilometre trek from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi through the desert.

Honouring the traditions and customs of the UAE by following an ancient path that was travelled twice a year, the fifth annual Women’s Heritage Walk, which began yesterday, brought together women of all nationalities and backgrounds to take part in this unique experience. The annual initiative is supported by DCT Abu Dhabi as part of its mission to preserve and promote the unique cultural heritage of the UAE.

The participants were welcomed upon their arrival at Al Ain National Museum and walked through Al Ain’s historic Oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where they met with guides that shed light on traditional Bedouin life in the desert. They were then greeted by traditional Ayala dancers in celebration of the monumental journey they are undertaking.

Participants will take part in traditional handicraft workshops in their desert camps and will learn more about Emirati customs and traditions at difference stages along the journey.

They will arrive in Abu Dhabi on 13th March where they will be welcomed with a celebration at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

 

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