Based on the directives of his highness Shaikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi ruler of Sharjah, ‘Culture without borders’ project is one of the most prominent cultural achievements in Sharjah. The project aims at establishing a library in every home. 50 books will be distributed to every local family in the Emirate. Her Highness Sheikha Bedour Bint Sultan Al Qassimi heads the organizing committee. The project intends to promote and emphasize the importance of cultural development among the families, especially the children.
Traditional Arts & Crafts:
Sharjah has maintained its cultural traditions that date back to the days of the desert tribes. The generations have inherited these skills and crafts from their ancestors, which are still visible to visitors and enjoy their appreciation and admiration.
Wedding wood boxes:
are usually made of rosewood and are widespread throughout the Arabian Gulf region. They are decorated with brass ornaments, and were anciently used to store Pearl .They were considered an important part of the pearl industry where it was stored in wooden boxes of various sizes.
Weaving and Embroidery: Despite the difficult living conditions in the past, women were concerned with decorating their clothes with wonderful threads of gold and silver, which add a touch of rugged beauty. Girls used to help in making their own dresses and uniforms. These girls have inherited the tradition of their mothers
Daggers and Knives Even in the middle of the last century men would complete their attire by wearing a broad, silver embroidered waist belt and Khanjar (dagger). The coastal dagger of the emirates (Khanjar Sahily) is made of silver and highly decorated. Quite often, the bishak (knife) was worn instead of the dagger, particularly in the eastern area of the UAE. The carved wooden scabbard with chased and stamped silver decoration is further embellished with silver on both the wooden hilt and the iron blade..
Traditional Arabic doors from the region are unique pieces of local heritage dating back 500 years. As well as being functional they are one of the most important forms of decorative expression to be found in the region’s forts and houses, e.g. Shamsi and Khalid bin Ibrahim houses . The amount and quality of the carving depends on the price of the door and therefore the status of the household.
The Date Palm:
In eastern Arabia alone, there are over 50 different varieties of date palm, bearing many types and qualities of fruit at different times of the year. Here the natural maturing time for dates is in the summer between June and July.
Perfumes: These are integral part of Arabic life for both men and women. Perfumes are composed of three types.. Attar is the oil based perfume, bukhoor is the fragrant burnt incense (formed by burning the wood chips of Indian and Cambodian origin). The third is a mixture of aromatic elements such as musk, amber and other ingredients which are blended and poured into molds and then dried to get ready for burning with charcoal. You will find many perfume shops to explore in the area between Al Bourj Avenue and the Arts Area.
Henna is extracted from the leaves of plants that are cultivated in the East and India, often used to adorn women in EIDS , festivals and weddings. Beautiful drawings are made on the hands and feet, in the shape of flowers and leaves in saloon which have extensive experience in this area. You can buy henna in Souk Al Bahar, just in front of the Arts Area and the central souk.
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