Sultan bin Zayed urges youth to preserve ancestors’ heritage

ABU DHABI, 4th February 2015 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President’s Representative and Chairman of Emirates Heritage Club, has received a group of school students of Al Ain City.

At the meeting which took place at the main stand of the Sultan bin Zayed Heritage Festival in Sweihan City, H.H. Sheikh Sultan urged the 25 youth to take interest in their country’s national heritage as an important component of national character and identity.

H.H. Sheikh Sultan also urged them to avoid being negatively influenced by traditions and habits that are alien to their society so as to be able to contribute to the development and building of the UAE.

The students later toured the venue of the festival taking place between 1-14 February in Sweihan City.

Hundreds of nationals, tourists and residents are still thronging the popular festival which hosts traditional camel races, beauty contests and a Saluki race. Besides the races and competitions, members of the public are being treated to an exciting line-up of heritage and entertainment programmes including traditional games, Yolla, falconry and Emirati cuisine and traditional Majlis.

Adding to the experience, visitors enjoy a traditional market, a heritage village and traditional activities every day in addition to a traditional souq and contests for handicrafts and horse riding. Furthermore, visitors can even expect prizes for attending the festival.

A heritage village set up at the racecourse features Rababa performers, pottery and souvenir exhibitions and performances by Bou Theib stables’ horsemen.