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AUS students learn about UAE heritage
To boost student knowledge of the UAE's rich cultural heritage, the Student Multicultural Learning Program at American University of Sharjah (AUS) organized a cultural tour for a group of AUS students on March 5 in collaboration with Sharjah Museums Department.
The Sharjah Heritage Tour included a walkthrough of Sharjah Heritage Museum, where students learned about the early ways of living in the emirate of Sharjah, its landscape, culture, celebrations and traditions. 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.
The museum visit was followed by a cultural awareness program conducted by group of museum experts. Held in a traditional setting where students were welcomed in an Arabic majlis, the program included interactive presentations and activities related to the UAE culture, customs and traditions.
"Many of our young students know the UAE as a modern country host to many state-of-the-art advancements and record-breaking achievements and don't understand the rich heritage from where all development began. Through the multicultural program, we want our students to gain first-hand knowledge of UAE's humble beginnings and learn how the Emiratis value their culture and heritage," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students.
Sara Ali Ismail, a senior environmental sciences student said, "Though I am quite familiar with some aspects of the Emirati culture, visiting the museum has educated me even more. The museum displayed numerous pieces that portray the lives and lifestyles of Emirati ancestors in a creative manner. Exploring this area of Sharjah was a wonderful experience."