Camels on the Al Marmoum Heritage Competition at Dubai Camel Racing Membership on Al Ain street. For illustrative functions solely.
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Dubai: The UAE has now added camel racing and the aflaj irrigation system on the United Nations Instructional, Cultural and Scientific Organisation’s (UNESCO) Consultant Checklist of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) introduced that these two submissions represented key parts of the UAE’s heritage, and identified that the submissions had been collectively made by the Ministry of Tradition and Youth and DCT Abu Dhabi to showcase the UAE’s wealthy cultural heritage internationally and to protect traditions for future generations.

Mohammad Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, mentioned: “The inclusion of aflaj and camel Races on Unesco’s Consultant Checklist of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is a good achievement that reinforces our nation’s place as an incubator of wealthy heritage and nationwide satisfaction. DCT Abu Dhabi is honoured to help the good efforts behind these campaigns, as a part of our in depth work to protect the cultural traditions and practices of the Emirate and the UAE as a complete.”

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1981. A TV van driving alongside the observe, giving dwell protection of a camel race in Abu Dhabi.
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The standard aflaj system of water channels was used for farm irrigation in Al, whereas the camel races have been submitted collectively with the Sultanate of Oman.

The inclusion of those two objects of cultural heritage on the Consultant Checklist shall be awarded to the UAE on the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, held just about at its headquarters in Paris from 14 to 19 December.

Thus far, the UAE has efficiently registered 11 cultural actions and traditions on the Consultant Checklist of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity via joint nationwide, regional, and worldwide submissions, strengthening the nation’s place as an lively member within the committee.

The UAE is at present working to incorporate Arabic calligraphy, camel footwear, and harees (a dish of floor wheat) within the subsequent version of the Unesco Consultant Checklist.

Harees is a combination of boiled, cracked, or coarsely-ground wheat and boned meat – both lamb or beef – which is cooked on a gradual fireplace with ghee produced from camel or lamb milk.

Made to focus on intangible heritage, the checklist helps to exhibit the variety of cultural heritage and lift consciousness about its significance, whereas serving to guarantee recognition of those nationwide traditions and emphasising societies’ experience.

Conventional irrigation system

The most recent inclusions on the checklist, aflaj, highlights the importance, data and expertise referring to the development and upkeep of the UAE’s conventional irrigation community system, which aimed to make sure a good distribution of water.

Camel races

The second inclusion, camel races, focuses on the artwork of racing and is considered a festive social observe embodying Arab heritage. Camel racing is taken into account to be a very fashionable exercise amongst UAE neighborhood members.

The heritage of camel racing was frequently promoted by the late Shaikh Zayed and continues to be loved to this present day beneath the patronage of the present rulers of the nation. In 2002, the UAE banned using little one jockeys in industrial camel racing and has used robotic jockeys ever since.

An 8km camel race was held on December 7, 2020 at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi:

Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Performing Undersecretary of the Division of Tradition and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, mentioned: “Abu Dhabi’s incomparable attraction as a vacation spot is backed by a wide selection of conventional cultural practices that enrich our lives. Our treasured intangible heritage is an important aspect of our attraction for each our guests and residents alike.

“Together with aflaj and camel Races within the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Checklist is a shared achievement that we cherish on a nationwide and human stage,” he added.


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