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Tuesday 28 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 08: House of Artisans

The House of Artisans is located beside the magnificent Qasr Al Hosn and it hosts demonstrations and workshops of traditional Emirati crafts, such as henna painting and Al Sadu, a form of weaving practiced by Bedouin women which was put on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list in 2011.

an impressive space

exquisite use of date palm fronds


industrial looking ceiling

handed down from mother to daughter

 a traditional form of weaving 

practiced by Bedouin women 

used to adorn all types of women’s clothes

The crafts represented in House of Artisans celebrate the creative and artistic relationship between the people of the United Arab Emirates and the locally available natural resources. Within the diverse landscapes of the UAE- from the desert, to the oases, to the coast and sea- artisans have developed skills to meet functional and economic needs. 

traditional Emirati fashion

adorned with talli

a selection of Khoos crafts

the weaving or braiding together of date palm fronds

Brendan loves all things psychedelic

 creative artistic expressions & aesthetics

a weaving wall

we have no idea?

The crafts made through these skills show a creative artistic expressions and aesthetics. Shared from generation to generation, they preserve not only the practical skills but also the shared social values associated with Emirati identity.

decorative embroidery

fashion accessories of yesteryear

we found this store fascinating

Qasr al Hosn, shrunken down and cute-tified

does it still shoto?

motorised camel-cades

modern twist on the Khoos

even up in the air

we've got to get us a set of these chairs

The Bait Al Gahwa coffee house allows visitors to experience the traditional form of preparing and serving Arabian coffee. Here free locally brewed coffee is served and be sure to shake your cup from side to side when you are done else it will continually be refilled!

walking out

to experience a 'Stone Henge' moment

our favourite 'sail-boat' building

an older glass structure

a parting shot of Qasr al Hosn

with the Trade Towers standing guard

By the time we were done here it was already past 4.30pm, and we made our way to fetch Ginny from work. 

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