Vidhyaa Chandramohan is an Abu Dhabi-based photojournalist who focuses her documentary work on women, cultural, social and environmental stories and issues in the United Arab Emirates. Vidhyaa earned a Diploma in Documentary Photography from...
The festival will take you back in time to when Abu Dhabi’s ancestors lived in harmony with the sea, building a sustainable and prosperous way of life, and cultivating skills that have passed down through the generations, such as fishing, trading and pearl diving.
"Maritime customs are strongly ingrained in the culture of Abu Dhabi." The first-ever Maritime Heritage Festival shared this important aspect of the emirate's history with residents and tourists in order to enhance knowledge of local maritime customs, honor the UAE capital's coastal past, and demonstrate how they influenced Abu Dhabi.
Throughout the event, guests will be immersed in the intimate environment of a small coastal hamlet, experiencing busy marketplaces and traditional social gatherings as well as maritime traditions and skills offered by traditional sailors, traders, and crafters.
Pearling was the main source of income in the UAE. It was a good thing for both divers and other people living in the United Arab Emirates because the money they made from this job went around the market.
Once girls reach adolescence, they wear burqas. It was originally intended to provide modesty for ladies. Burqas are worn by certain women on special occasions as part of their tradition. Emirati women of the younger generation wear the traditional Burqa solely during wedding rituals.
Burqa: It covers most of the face, except for the eyes, but not the nose or mouth. Emirati burqas are not the same as those worn in countries in South Asia. They look different and are worn like a mask.
A little piece of wood maintains the form of the Burqa and spans the nose without contacting the face. White cotton strings are used to secure the Burqa to the rear of the head. Historically, every woman produced her burqas by hand.
Aside from immersing visitors in the traditions and lifestyle of Abu Dhabi's community of sailors and maritime craftspeople, the Festival will recognize the sea's still-vital economic and cultural role, and will seek to develop partnerships and promote unifying efforts to achieve sustainable fishing practices and marine resource conservation.
The culture of Abu Dhabi is significantly influenced by marine traditions. This is the first-ever Maritime Heritage Festival, which aims to raise awareness of our maritime customs, commemorate our coastal heritage, and how Abu Dhabi has evolved into what it is today. Workshops, performances, craft demonstrations, and heritage trails experienced by residents as well as immersive storytelling from heritage professionals who shared tales and their deep knowledge of old coastal crafts and talents.