In Dubai, we imagine our future is derived from our previous. Whereas my hometown has turn out to be famend for its fast-paced improvement and hovering skyscrapers, many individuals nonetheless don’t know concerning the wealthy tradition and heritage this metropolis holds.
At present, I’m proud to unveil ‘Dubai’s Tradition and Heritage’, launched in collaboration with Google Arts & Tradition, which can assist you uncover my hometown’s story and its vibrant artwork scene by means of greater than 80 expertly curated tales, 5 audio tales, 25 movies, and over 800 high-resolution photos of arts, crafts, heritage websites and rather more.
Do you know Dubai was a buying and selling port?
Some folks surprise what it was wish to stay in Dubai earlier than the town turned a bustling metropolis. What higher strategy to be taught than to hear firsthand from a few of Dubai’s residents, from pearl retailers, boat builders and craftspersons to listening to about childhood reminiscences of swimming within the Dubai Creek.
For many people, the conventional Emirati Majlis, a cultural and social area the place members of the group come collectively for discussions, was and stays a staple function of our social lives.
To get a way of conventional life in Dubai, take a digital stroll by means of alleyways and witness conventional structure resembling buildings with excessive air towers referred to as Barajeel, within the Al-Fahidi district. You can too be taught extra about conventional embroidery, palm weavingand, for the espresso lovers, the historical past and tradition of espresso within the UAE.
Trendy Dubai, Zaha Hadid and the artwork scene
Quick-forward with the clicking of a button to see a few of modern-day Dubai’s iconic architectural landmarks, from towers with 90 diploma rotation from high to backside to torus-shaped constructions with Arabic calligraphy and the primary lodge to have its interiors and exteriors designed by famend architect Zaha Hadid.
Dubai’s artwork scene has additionally developed over time, reflecting the variety of its social cloth. Study one of many metropolis’s first cinemas, be taught extra concerning the Sikka Arts Competition and Artwork Dubai — two essential inventive occasions held within the coronary heart of the town — and listen to from rising artists from around the globe who’re utilizing Dubai as a hub to share their work with the world.
Able to take the tour?
We’re excited to have the ability to assist folks, wherever they could be, uncover our tradition and heritage by means of our work with Google Arts & Tradition. To be taught extra, go to g.co/dubaiculture or obtain the Google Arts & Tradition app for Android or iOS.