Heart of Sharjah gears up to celebrate Hag Al Laila in mid-Shaaban

SHARJAH: Heart of Sharjah, one of Shurooq s largest tourist and heritage projects, is gearing up to celebrate the occasion of Hag Al Laila, a night which falls on the 15th day of the month of Shaaban (12th of June).

Four hours of activities will be hosted at Dar Al Nadwa and Calligraphy Square at Heart of Sharjah from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A variety of heritage and awareness activities, alongside songs and folklore dances are being organised to mark the 15th day of Shaaban.

The celebration will include a number of heritage activities and will feature a fun-filled stage show for children, which will be performed by Shaabiat Al Cartoon for the first time in Sharjah.

Speaking on the occasion, Yousif Al Mutawa, Manager of Heart of Sharjah, said, “Hag Al Laila celebrations have a great significance in the UAE as this night serves to promote traditions and customs and remind children and parents of Ramadan.

Our celebration is in line with our eagerness to mark social and heritage occasions and to preserve Emirati traditions and instill them in the hearts and souls of the young generation.” Al Mutawa said that celebrating Hag Al Laila at Heart of Sharjah will contribute to raising public awareness of the historical and heritage value of this area, which is home to a multitude of historical landmarks and heritage sites that tell the story of Sharjah s prosperity for long decades while reflecting the richness of the UAE s heritage and culture.

He added that hosting the activity in Heart of Sharjah would enable people to visit many heritage places, including mosques, museums, specialised centres and traditional souks.

Al Mutawa clarified that the traditional workshops are being conducted with the support of the Dubai Cooperative Association for Productive Families and that the recycling workshop is being held in collaboration with The Sharjah Environment Company (Beeah) with the aim of spreading environmental and recycling awareness.

Heart of Sharjah was recently registered in the tentative list of World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), an impressive achievement that affirms the significance of archaeological and historical heritage in the UAE. Once listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the international organisation will protect the site and help with maintenance when needed. In addition, as a UNESCO listed world heritage site, the Heart of Sharjah will be introduced, promoted all over the world and positioned on the world tourism map.

Scheduled for completion by 2025 and situated in the district of old Sharjah just five minutes from the city s Corniche and 10 minutes from the Sharjah International Airport, the Heart of Sharjah will feature diverse commercial, cultural and residential projects, including a boutique hotel, restaurants, retail shops, art galleries, traditional and contemporary markets, archaeological sites, museums, play areas, and commercial offices.