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AUS students attend Qasr Al Hosn Festival
Twenty six students from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Student Multicultural Learning Program and Emirati Cultural Club visited the Qasr Al Hosn Festival on February 10, 2016 in Abu Dhabi. The purpose of the visit was to boost student knowledge of the UAE's rich cultural heritage as part of the program's Local Cultural Trip Series.
Students were led by a tour guide who explained each aspect of the festival, which was divided into five zones: Abu Dhabi Island, oasis, desert, marine and Qasr Al Hosn. Each of the zones has its own special theme displaying landscapes, miniature museums, cultural exhibits, live performances and traditional pieces. The exhibits and detailed portrayal of UAE life in the past fascinated the students, from the nature of the homes and living conditions to the exercise of certain professions, art, rituals and traditions. Students saw artifacts, films and documentaries that showcase the rich political, economic and social history of the country.
"It's quite impressive to witness how much our students are interested in learning about the UAE's rich heritage and from where all the development began. Through the Local Cultural Trip Series, our students are gaining first-hand knowledge of the UAE's valuable culture and heritage," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students.
Gabriela Hernandez, a freshman exchange student said, "I really enjoyed learning about the Emirati culture in an interactive setting. It was my first time in Abu Dhabi, and it was interesting to see a representation of the old city within the new. I also got to connect with some of my Emirati classmates at AUS."
Noora Alsaeed, a mathematics junior said, "We don't get to fully experience our culture every day, so it's nice to be able to immerse ourselves in our roots every once in a while. It really puts things into perspective, seeing how life was around the time my grandparents were my age."