Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the inaugural edition of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings is set to take place from 4th to 17th June 2017, offering a wide range of unique cultural experiences during the Holy Month of Ramadan through a variety of culinary experiences, creative activities, retail opportunities, performances and workshops.
The evenings will celebrate the holy month through the distinctive lens of Emirati culture, providing a vibrant selection of interactive activities for guests and visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Reflecting the distinctly local aspect of an Emirati Ramadan, the evenings will create an engaging atmosphere of cultural celebration across multiple forms of artistic expression.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: "Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings is a community event that will encourage individuals and families to share unique experiences together and enjoy an inspiring daily programme that reflects the Emirati culture, and includes activities such as live musical recitals, workshops, and food and retail offerings inspired by our heritage and traditions."
Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings will provide a new opportunity for the audience to explore a uniquely cultural interpretation of Ramadan that draws from core concepts reflective of the UAE’s heritage.
Commencing daily from 7.30pm with an opportunity to enjoy Arabic/Emirati fusion cuisine in a contemporary Iftar setting, the family-friendly cultural celebration invites visitors to enjoy a Ramadan experience in a style and ambience unique to the UAE capital, through an engaging and interactive daily programme.
Performances by Bait Al Oud musicians every Friday during the festival will offer an exceptional musical flavour for the festival, while traditional crafts and workshops on skills such as ‘Talli’ embroidery, ‘Khos’ palm frond strand braiding and ‘Sadu’ weaving will provide participants the chance to engage with Emirati intangible heritage and history.
"By providing a lively programme of creative entertainment and inspirational education we hope to offer a holistic experience that will give families and residents the chance to experience Ramadan in a way that promotes the values and cultural heritage of the UAE,” HE Ghobash added.
Special daily activations will include live reading of stories from the Quran every Sunday, talks on Islamic architecture every Tuesday, and poetry sessions every Saturday. The festival programme will also include a book corner which will feature recitals by popular authors for families to enjoy from Sunday to Friday during the event, board games, vintage video games, an interactive mosaic mural as well as an interactive puppet show, a Ramadan Souq and a wide selection of dining options.
In addition, UAE artists will produce beautifully designed wood and acrylic art pieces inspired by Islamic geometrical patterns to be auctioned for charity, and a selection of artworks from the Proud Expressions Exhibition, a touring public art exhibition honouring the nation's heroes, will also be exhibited.
The Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings offer an engaging interactive programme of activities in a cultural creative atmosphere, weaving contemporary aspects with traditional values to provide a comprehensive experience that communicates the unique cultural heritage of the UAE.