Multaqa Zayed National Museum series comes to a close

ABU DHABI — The third Multaqa Zayed National Museum series came to a close on Wednesday, 10th May, with a discussion that detailed the ancient rituals of Majlis and Gahwa, Arabic for coffee. The talk explored the historical roots of Gahwa preparation, serving and drinking, as well as its role in the Majlis setting.

Featuring Abdullah Khalfan Al Hamour, Heritage Specialist and Author, and Ali Salam Al Dhanhani, Heritage Specialist and Private Museum Owner, the talk looked at the hidden history of social Emirati hospitality as one of the most important intangible heritage elements that was inscribed in the UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015.

The series saw leading cultural commentators discuss important themes and topics related to the history and heritage of the UAE.

The first talk, held in March 2017 in Al Ain’s historic Al Jahili Fort, explored the Arabian horse as an important symbol of identity in the Arab region. The talk coincided with the unique equestrian performance choreographed by renowned director Bartabas, featuring horsemen and horses from the prestigious National Equestrian Academy of Versailles held within the walls of the ancient structure.

The second talk, held at Manarat Al Saadiyat in May 2017, discussed the history of archaeology in the UAE, highlighting the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s understanding of the importance of unearthing the UAE’s unique and interesting past and encouragement of archaeological excavations in Abu Dhabi and across the Emirates.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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