tourism

Al Marmoom Heritage Village opens on March 20

Emirati cutlural events, traditional markets to run till April 18

Staff Report
16:22 March 13, 2017

Dubai: The Al Marmoom Heritage Village is preparing to offer residents and tourists a glimpse of the UAE’s heritage and culture when it opens its doors from March 20 this year. Last year saw thousands flock to the venue.

The Village, organised in collaboration with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, is considered a one-stop shop for everything relating to UAE heritage, and a main attraction of the Al Marmoom Camel Race Festival that takes place in April, one of GCC’s sporting highlights of the year.

Camel racing is an integral part of the ‘khaleeji’ culture and there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists to the races. The Heritage Village was set up for visitors to explore the Emirati way of life through handicrafts, cuisine, mock weddings, and music. This year, around a hundred small shops and kiosks are being organised to recreate a carnival-like atmosphere. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has also finalised plans to present numerous events and activities depicting the Emarati way of life.

Abdullah Faraj, member of the Supreme Committee and head of Marketing and Events at Al Marmoom Camel Race Festival, said: “The experience at Al Marmoom Heritage Festival is enriching because visitors get a first-hand account of Emirati culture through sport, cuisine, music, and various events.”

He said the concept of markets is extremely popular among Dubai residents. “We’ve incorporated numerous new elements to make the experience enjoyable. As organisers, we took in feedback from visitors and participating retailers of previous editions to ensure that each element of the markets is enhanced to meet the expectations of all audiences,” added Faraj.

Al Marmoom Heritage Village will be open to the public from March 20 to April 18, and will complement the festive celebrations across Al Marmoom during the annual camel race. More information about the events, attractions, and the races can be found on www.almarmoomhfestival.ae