U.A.E., Morocco’s desert culture and heritage meet in Tan-Tan art exhibition

Tan-Tan, MOROCCO: An art exhibition highlighting both Emirati and Moroccan desert culture and heritage has taken place on the sidelines of the activities of the 10th edition of the Tan-Tan Moussem (Festival) in Morocco.

“This is my first visit to Morocco as my dream came true. This is also my first painting exhibition in the Arab world,” said Bodour Al Ali, an impressionist Emirati artist who made her name in Europe.

Her paintings illustrate the U.A.E. s wildlife in the desert which is highlighted by camels, gazelles and falcons because of her avid attachment and belonging to nature and landscape. “Our culture is very rich. I can t summarise it in few paintings. I decided to show visitors the main features of Emirati heritage as I believe some visitors will never have the chance to go to the U.A.E.,” said Al Ali.

Some of her paintings also depict U.A.E. folklore, but the main feature of her exhibition is the painting of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founding father of the U.A.E., which is displayed at the entrance of the exhibition hall.

“Al Ali s paintings simply reflect some the U.A.E. s inherent heritage and the importance of camels in the Bedouin life,” said Khadijato Bent Ammo, who was browsing the Emirati artist s paintings.

“We can see that she has a fine touch and professionalism in choosing the right colours for every painting. They are truly amazing,” added the 30-year Bent Ammo, who came from Guelmim to attend the festival.

The U.A.E. was the guest of honour of this year’s festival from June 3rd to 9th in Tan-Tan, South Morocco.

A selection of Emirati books about the UAE s culture and heritage as well as Moroccan books were displayed at the book exhibition whose main theme was “Tangible and Intangible Heritage” at the entrance of the Municipal Palace s entrance hall.

The seminar, entitled “Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Saharan and sub-Saharan regions”, discussed various components of nomadic culture.