Thursday, March 11, 2010

Al Ain National Museum #1

Hello! I'm back!  How's everybody? I hope that everybody is well and good. As promised, let me start the series of posts about the Al Ain National Museum.

Al Ain National Museum  is the oldest museum in the UAE. It is located in the heart of Al Ain City, next to the Sultan Fort and was built under the directive  of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (former President). It was inaugurated by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Ruler's representative in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi, on November 2, 1971. It has two main sections- the ethnographical and archeological sections which provides an overview of UAE's traditions,culture, and heritage which will be presented separately.

Two weeks ago, I had a chance to visit the museum for the first time. So lucky that it was sunny but the temperature was 18 degree celsius.

    I saw this before the museum's main entrance..
(please click the images to enlarge)

just right after the main entrance, I saw these Emaratis drinking gahwa and tsai 

3 emaratis drinking gahwa and tsai and eating some date fruits

This emarati man looked familiar to me, I asked him if he's the one that I saw in Bawadi Mall when they featured the emarati culture and tradition in one of the mall's theme presentation. I was right. Click here to view that post.

Going to right corner, I saw some small traditional arabic tents

There were 6 emarati women inside the tents wearing the traditional abaya, some were weaving and some were drinking gahwa and tsai. Of course, it is not allowed to take pictures of women in abaya without their permission. Sorry for me. Better luck next time :-( I didn't insist further. One of them told me to have a look at these souvenirs for sale......

and these...

I bought one miniature dellah or dalla. After the short conversation with the emarati women with my basic arabic and some hand gestures, I went to.......

The Sultan Fort
to be continued..................

Word of the day: gahwa is the arabic word for coffee. Salaam to all!

(Am having some problem with my internet connection here in Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines, am afraid that I might not be able to visit all my blogging friends. Thanks for understanding.)

3 comments:

  1. I so love your tradition, Misalyn!!
    And thank you for posting these wonderful photos!
    Lovely music backround, as well:)
    Betty hugs

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  2. hello sis,musta ka diyan?enjoy mo vacation mo,i know masaya ka now kase kasama mo na mga anak mo...nga pala nice post...ingat lagi.

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  3. I really enjoy seeing the culture and traditions of your country Misalyn. Thank you for letting us share the tour with you.

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