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Legacy of Zayed workshop instills morals, values in children.

Summary: The activities at the workshop were inspired from elements of the second edition of the 140-metre 'Al Ydar' mural.

Saman Haziq

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To instill exemplary values and morals within children, the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently organised the 'Legacy of Zayed' creative workshop that shed light on the historical journey of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This was done by using art forms highlighting the role of the UAE's founding father in the development of the UAE, the country's rise and historical successes, as well as his morals and values that firmly remain the foundation of the nation's principles.

The workshop revolved around five key elements: A falcon, which is significant in Emirati culture as a symbol pride and courage; the map of the UAE, which symbolises unity and national identity; Burj Al Arab, which is among the monumental landmarks in Dubai and a token of the UAE's developmental achievements and phenomenal architectural landscape; the desert, from which the late Sheikh Zayed created a new beginning for the UAE; and an astronaut, which conveys the UAE's commitment to exploration, innovation, and scientific development.

Al Maha Al Bastaki, director of the Cultural Office, said: "The Cultural Office aims to instill noble values, morals and principles within the younger generation through arts. Children innately personify these positive messages, which eventually constitute their moral code and encourage them to look up to role models, like Sheikh Zayed, to shape their future."

The activities at the workshop were inspired from elements of the second edition of the 140-metre 'Al Ydar' mural, which was unveiled by the Cultural Office last year in celebration of the 'Year of Zayed', highlighting the role of the UAE's founding father in the development of the UAE. The mural included several works of art that explore the journey and legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed, paying homage to his achievements and accomplishments that continue to remain the cornerstone of the UAE's growth. As part of the tour, the children also took photos in front of the mural. The children were given a tour of Al Ydar, which allowed them to explore and view the different aspects of the mural displayed on the outer wall of Dubai Ladies Club in Jumeirah.

The workshop that was held at the Dubai Ladies Club also included sand-art stations where children used coloured-sand to create images inspired by drawings found on the Al Ydar mural, as well as a two-dimensional colouring wall that included enlarged iconic elements from the mural to be coloured. A number of children in the age group of 5-13 years of different nationalities participated in the creative workshop, where they were given the opportunity to express their artistic talents, explore their creativity and interact with one another in line with the spirit of the 'Year of Tolerance.

Al Bastaki emphasised that the workshop was part of the Sheikha Manal Little Artists Programme that focuses on providing cultural and educational opportunities for children and the youth by organising a series of interactive workshops.

These workshops develop their creative skills and underscore the importance of the arts, while providing them with technical knowledge and a robust foundation to enable them to effectively contribute to the local arts scene and shaping a bright future for the UAE.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Feb 18, 2019
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