ADACH launches heritage competition as part of ‘Water: H2O = Life’ Exhibition

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, November 01 - 2011 @ 11:29

H. E. Mohammed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said the “The Competition aims to achieve the shared goals of ADACH, the Abu Dhabi Education Council as well as the higher education institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to promote the national cultural heritage. The exhibition has scientific importance represented in raising the profile of water in human life and the establishment of civilizations.”

“The exhibition provides students and teachers with a valuable opportunity to understand and deepen knowledge on the history and role of water in nature. It also gives them a chance to get acquainted with the practical applications in everyday life,” he added.

Dr. Sami el-Masri, Deputy Director General for Arts, Culture and Heritage in ADACH underlined the general objectives of the Competition, which highlights the efforts made by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God bless his soul, in providing water sources in the United Arab Emirates and cultivating the spirit of loyalty and national identity in the minds of the students.

“This aims to help students build positive attitudes towards their national heritage, and learn how to preserve it especially by including theoretical aspects on the practical uses of water in their curriculum,” he added.

Competition Subjects:

Male and female students can participate in the Competition in one of the following topics:
- The role of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah rest his soul in peace, in the issue of water.
- Sources of water in the UAE’s cultural heritage: their importance, types and distribution.
- Aflaj in the cultural heritage of the UAE: their definition, ways and methods of their digging, the system of their distribution, and utilization.
- Economic and social status of the Aflaj in the UAE heritage.
- Wells in the cultural heritage of the UAE; their importance, the tools used in their digging and extracting water from them, their distribution and how to use them.
- Wells in the folk literature (tales, poems, proverbs… etc)
- The importance of the Arabian Gulf in trade links between the ancient population of the UAE and neighboring regions.
- The importance of the Arabian Gulf as a rich stock for fish food in the past (traditional fishing tools, fishing seasons, fish trade, … etc.).
- The importance of the Arabian Gulf in the diving craft (pearl maghast (Places where the diver plunges in the sea in order to bring out pearls), diving seasons, types of pearls, pearl trade, customs associated with the diving craft … etc.).

Categories of Competition:

Participation in the Competition concerns the following areas:


Those who apply to participate in this area are students of the secondary education as well college and university students, that is relevant to any of the themes, referred to earlier.

The research consists of 15-25 pages, and it should take into account scientific methodology for writing researches, particularly documentation of what has been verbally conveyed by the elderly.


Contesting in this area are the students from the primary education in public and private schools in grades 4-9.

The report consists of 3-5 pages maximum on one of the competition’s topics, and it should meet the necessary elements to write the report

3. Drawing and Coloring:

Applying to this category are students of the primary education grade 1-9 in the public and private schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, so that the students would express in writing one of the Competition’s topics through drawing and coloring using a palette of cardboard (30-40 cm), with his name and that of his school written as well as the subject of the drawing.

Target Groups in Competition:

Primary education students (males, females) in public and private schools affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

- Secondary education students (males, females) in public and private schools, affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
- Male and female teachers of the social studies, general science, biology, and geology at the Abu Dhabi Education Council.
- University students and Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi.

The Competition instructions had been sent to universities, colleges and schools affiliated to Abu Dhabi Education Council together with other publications related to the exhibition in Mid October 2011.

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