Ajman Tourism Development Department Celebrates International Museum Day 18 May
To highlight the Emirate's deep-rooted history and culture
Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) celebrated the International Museum Day on Thursday, internationally acknowledged on May 18th. The ceremony took place at the Ajman Museum and was attended by a number of Emirati heritage enthusiasts, Government officials as well as museum visitors, consisting of residents and tourists.
The celebration included a number of heritage activities where the visitors could experience folk dances such as the Liwa and Ayala dances, in addition to indulging themselves with the wide array of traditional food while the children enjoy their time in the dedicated play areas. The event also showcased a first of its kind event at the museum, exhibiting classic cars and classic car number plates which were provided by the Sharjah Classic Car Club and the UAE Classic Car Club. Another special feature to the event which attracted visitor attention was the antique auction that took place on site.
HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General of Ajman Tourism Development Department, said: "The objective of celebrating International Museum Day is to showcase the Emirate's deep rooted heritage, culture and history of the United Arab Emirates. Through our participation, we also aim to educate the public on the traditions and customs of the founding ancestors of our beloved country. In addition, we are planning to rejuvenate the role of Ajman Museum and highlight its role in raising the awareness of the various historical components."
He added that the International Museum Day is a valuable opportunity to educate the young Emirati generation, local residents and international tourists on the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity, and its environment.
"International Museum Day serves as a platform to raise public awareness of the history and culture of different nations and people, to develop the aesthetic sense in children and youth and educate them about their history and values", he added.
Ajman Museum, was officially opened in 1991 by the late Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, when he was on a visit to the Emirate of Ajman. It showcases a diverse collection of artifacts, which covers all areas of life including a selection of traditional dresses, ancient sitting rooms, as well as an ancient kitchen, containing ancient cooking tools, such as metal pottery and handicrafts.
This diversity makes the museum a popular attraction to the destination, for both educational and recreational reasons.