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Dreams of Sea exhibit extended

Show taps into high heritage interest in Dubai

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Dubai: A new public exhibit chronicling the colourful history of Dubai’s people and the sea has been extended until February 3 to allow more people to take in the special maritime project, say organisers.

Several thousand people have already visited Dreams of the Sea: The Dubai Maritime History Project exhibition at the Dubai Heritage Village in Shindagha Area.

Visitors are being given an unusual glimpse into rare old photographs and film of Dubai showing its development as the “City of Merchants” as well as interviews with people who witnessed and were part of its maritime history.

Mohammad Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World said in a statement that, the “success of this project proves the interest in the heritage of Dubai and its cultural roots. The queue to record experiences of the sea on video at the exhibition and through the website is an example of how an interactive living archive appeals to people of all ages.”

Mohammad Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region said:

“The project is proving extremely popular across all generations and parts of our diverse population. I am delighted UAE nationals, expatriates and schoolchildren have come together witnessing first-hand our rich maritime traditions and recording their own experiences for the future. This truly is a case of hands across the sea, connecting people from all walks of life.”

Anwar Al Hanai, Director of the Heritage Village, pointed out that the exhibit “is a natural extension of our important mandate to promote and preserve the rich traditions of our culture. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing is always keen to support the activities that document and promote the heritage and preserve it for the future generations. By being interactive, the project adds another dimension to our efforts to educate people and to increase understanding of the UAE’s history in its many facets.”

The exhibit was opened on January 13 to officially mark the launch of the project by global marine terminal operator DP World.

Organisers have also created a bilingual interactive website ( to accompany the exhibit.