15th Sharjah Heritage Days attracts over 350,000 visitors

Indo Asian News Service

Sharjah, April 22 (IANS/WAM) Traditional folk dances, performances by stand-up comedians and a story-telling session brought down the curtains on the 15th Sharjah Heritage Days, a cultural event attended by visitors from over 30 countries.

The event was held from April 4 to April 22 and saw some 350,000 visitors.

More than 150 volunteers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) extended their co-operation to 29 committees assisting in helping to forge closer ties between nations and promote cultural legacy during the extravaganza.

The main thrust of the 19-day festival was the focus on cultural integration highlighting the contribution of people in building the future.

"The cultural festival has received great support over the past few years. However, the love and affection of the people this year has been inspirational," said Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage.

Al Musallam said the event was an effort to highlight not just the rich Emirati culture, "but to also bring to focus cultures from around the world".

"The rich heritage and culture not only reflect the cultural and social diversity of our communities, but they also make visitors feel a sense of home and a close connection to their heritage and tradition," he said.