Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre conducts Emirati Cultural Guide Training

ABU DHABI, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has received a new batch for its training programme, dubbed, “Ibn Al Dar,” which aims to train Emirati students and graduates on how to conduct cultural tours.

The programme seeks to highlight the achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and to shed extensive light on Islamic architecture and arts. The programme’s 25 participants are being trained through workshops, research and field tours.

Dr. Yousif Al Obaidli, Director-General of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, said that the concept of the programme stems from the centre’s belief in the importance of empowering and preparing Emiratis in this area, as well as to encourage them to participate in promoting the mosque’s message calling for inclusion, coexistence, peace and openness, while preserving the quintessential national identity of the Emirati culture.

Saeed Al Shehhi, Director of the Worshippers’ and Visitors’ Services Department, pointed out that the importance of the programme, which was launched during the centre’s establishment in 2008, lies in encouraging Emiratis to work in areas of culture and tourism, which will enable them to present cultural tours at the mosque, after completing their training successfully.

He added that the performance of the participants will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee of specialists. The programme has so far witnessed 12 training batches since its launch, which saw the participation of 90 trainees, 64 graduates of whom qualified to work in cultural tours, he further added.

The programme’s training process is conducted by UAE nationals who are already working as cultural tour guides at the centre, where an Emiratisation rate of 100 percent has been achieved, Al Shehhi said in conclusion.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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