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UAE Culture and


Traditions
Abdulaziz Ali
Mohammed

UAE Culture and Traditions

Contents
Abstract............................................................................................................................................3
Introduction......................................................................................................................................4
Background to the Project...............................................................................................................4
Research...........................................................................................................................................5
Biographical Note........................................................................................................................5
Interview......................................................................................................................................5
Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................7
References........................................................................................................................................7
Appendix .........................................................................................................................................8
Appendix A - Research Consent Form........................................................................................8
Appendix B - Interview Questionnaire........................................................................................9

UAE Culture and Traditions

Abstract
The traditions and customs of UAE are unique in itself. The ancestors used to play several games
to enjoy during their leisure time. Now days, the scenario has changed and the modern
generation is leaning more towards the modern technology instead of enjoying games that
pertain to physical activities. The report includes the interview through which more information
can be taken and the traditional heritage can be brought back to existence.

Keywords: Traditional Games, Lifestyle, Culture, Heritage

UAE Culture and Traditions

Introduction
United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated in the Middle East and is well known for its unique
cultures and traditions which are distinguished from all the other countries. There are several
traditional sports that have been passed from one generation to the next such as Falconry,
traditional boat-racing, camel racing etc. Therefore, in this report, the living styles of the
ancestors in UAE will be described along with the overview of the traditional sports played by
them during their leisure time. The report will be differentiated in several parts i.e. background
of the project, introduction of the person interviewed as well as the outcomes of the interview,
and lastly, the conclusion of the report.

Background to the Project


In general, the traditions and customs of the ancestral period are told upon by elders as they are
told by their ancestors. In this way, the old traditions and customs are forwarded from one
generation to the other in a sequential manner.
The significance of this research relates to UAE in the manner that the knowledge about the
ancestral customs and traditions will stay in the minds of the people, the sequential forwarding of
these customs and traditions will go on to the next generations. The maintenance of culture and
traditions in the form of heritage preserves the national identity of UAE (Al Naboodah, 2011).
For better understanding of the topic, i make an interview with an adviser in UAE heritage Club.
The reason behind choosing him as an interviewee is that, he had gained a lot of experience
during his working days and also, he is well aware about the heritage of traditional games of
UAE.

UAE Culture and Traditions

Research
Biographical Note
Mr. Ahmad Alhosaani

He was an adviser of Communication and Society in Emirates Heritage Club in Abu Dhabi.

notes in Mr. Ahmad that he have a lot of informations and stories about our tradition games and
UAE heritage. In addition he lived with the past and present generation.

Interview

Even with the different in languages and customs, and maybe the nature of life it remains for
each region of a world. A heritage linked with the human life. And the most importance and
famous is the traditional games.

Yes there is a different between old live and now. Starting with the hard life before were you
cant found the luxury life as nowadays, on the old days you cant found those big houses
and the modern types of cars the technology were very sample and hard to found it around
you at all. The life before was really sample in every living sector.
My leisure time was after the school, i get a nap then i used to visit the sheik in the mosque
he is the person who teach as the Qur'an. Then me and my friend playing around many
traditional games and having fun.
There was many games in old days and ill describe 3 of them
Al Nashaba: The infamous sling shot game. Come and "shoot" down some fruits in the trees.
.
Al Boom: Boys build wooden boats and then compete against each other in the sea.
Marble Game: An indoor summer game and an outdoor winter game, played across decades.
It was many games for girls and we use to see them playing

UAE Culture and Traditions


Al Aarees: Girls use cloths and accessories from their house to make dolls the prettiest doll
is crowned the bride.
Al Laqfa: Girls sit in a circle, with 10 pebbles or seashells on the floor. A bigger pebble is
thrown into the air and, with the same hand pebbles have to be collected from the floor.
It was the famous game between them. In addition, some of other interring games we were
played together in afternoon until the sunset.
Actually, most of games are similar around the country this emirates near the sea they
playing more games around the beach such as alboom game.
In Fujairah and RAK for example they playing climbing mountains. As i said the games are
similar around UAE
In my opinion, old days was better than now, because we was playing out in the yard or
around the houses what we called alfreej . But now a days children's spend their time in the
home, playing with their technology games such as iPad and PlayStation which have bad
effects on them and their brain and ayes in the long term.

Our vision in UAE Heritage Club are


1- the best national modern community organization with cultural and global outreach
2-We in UAE heritage club looking to Organization and development of the UAE heritage
activities.
Also, we looking to studies and research on the heritage of the UAE and popular lectures
such as poetry and stories.
If we evaluate the role of sports on health of a nation according to CLO4, most importantly
the traditional games had more benefits and they were directly linked to the health of soul
and mind.

UAE Culture and Traditions

Conclusion
After discussing the heritage of the traditional sports of UAE, it can be concluded that the people
of UAE are really concerned about their maintenance of the customs and traditions of UAE. it
was found that the country is enriched with a lot of traditional games. However, the limitations
related to some of the games such as Falconry are that the birds are considered to be in the list of
endangered species and therefore, several laws have been made to protect them.

References
Al Naboodah, H. (2011). The Importance of Heritage Preservation. Blackwell Publishing Ltd,
63(3-4), 6977.
Yow, V. R. (2005). Recording Oral History: A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
New York: Rowman Altamira.

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Appendix

Appendix A - Research Consent


Form

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Appendix B - Interview Questionnaire

1- Do you see a different life style between now and before


2- What were you doing in your leisure or what activities you used to do
3- What is the traditional games and what kind of them you was play before
4- What were the special games for girls?
5- It was any different in games between each Emirate for example Abu Dhabi and Ajman
6- In your opinion dose the childrens now spend good time than before or not
7- Mr. Ahmad, could you please give us information about Emirates heritage club.

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