Manama Spring Festival Activities Launched


December 15, 2019

Under the directives of HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman, and under the supervision of HE Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Department, the cultural activities of the third edition of the Manama Spring Festival kicked off on December 13, 2019 extending until January 10, 2020. The festival takes place in the Manama Museum garden in the Manama region with and aims at promoting domestic tourism in the region. Festival activities include a traditional marketplace showcasing handmade products, such as traditional food, perfumes and incense. Activities also include cultural competitions, traditional games, folklore shows performed by Emirati folk groups (Yowla) and theatrical performances by several Arab communities. The festival will also include on-stage competitions, weekly prizes, football stadium, races and traditional cooking contests serving popular folk delicacies. This event attracts annually about 3000 people throughout the month of December with active participation from the residents as well as sponsors and volunteers from the public and private sectors.


Mr. Salem Abdullah bin Ghalita, Director of the Municipality of Manama, said that the festival was organized in accordance with the directives of HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman, in order to boost domestic tourism, attract visitors and create entertaining programs for the people of the Manama region. The festival dedicated a special corner for household production, including heritage products that reflect the heritage and legacy of the Emirates. It also includes many handmade products, such as traditional foods, perfumes and incense to generate a good return to households and encourage them to further develop their products in upcoming festivals. Weekly draws, prizes, competitions and heritage activities were also organized. The festival held at the Manama Museum garden aims to introduce new generations to the legacy of our ancestors and the significance of preserving it.


Bin Ghalita stressed the role of the festival in diversifying its activities and events in order to satisfy all guests, attract larger segments, meet the needs of all segments of society and providing varied family-friendly activities extending over a whole month. He stated that the festival shows successful results proven in its huge daily turnout during the spring break. He also highlighted the importance of following the directives of our wise leadership in preserving our rich cultural heritage and introducing it to younger generations, noting that the festival will display a wide array of homemade products and traditional foods as well as entertaining activities, such like theatrical folk performances that would surely spread an atmosphere of joy among visitors, not to mention the weekly cash draws for contest winners.


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