Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili at the Heritage Exhibition in Al Sameeh School in Al Rahba. He praised efforts to teach the younger generation about the country’s history. The exhibition that is now in its fifth edition concludes on Sunday. Image Credit: Supplied

Abu Dhabi: Dances, poetry recitals, musical performances, traditional activities and food are some of the elements that visitors can enjoy at a heritage exhibition organised by the Al Sameeh School in Al Rahba.

The exhibition, now in its fifth edition, was inaugurated by Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) on Tuesday. It will conclude tomorrow.


Emphasising the importance of preserving the national identity and local culture through various methods, Dr Al Khaili said: "Teaching our younger generation about their history through such interactive means will help provide them with the tools to succeed in the future, as they will be able to observe examples of the challenges their forefathers faced and the means they used to overcome them."

According to the school's vice-principal, Khamis Mohammad Al Askari, the exhibition had been a hit ever since it was established in 2006. For this year's exhibition, the entire school body, faculty and administrative members all contributed to the event, which had to be placed in the school's courtyard due to its size.

"It took us one month to organise everything. Students brought things from home or helped to set up the different stalls and areas within the exhibition…we even had pupils from other schools organise traditional performances on our opening day," he said.

Al Askari also noted that among the new additions to this year's exhibition included a live animal section, where students and visitors are able to interact with camels, horses, dogs and pigeons.

"Even though the exhibition is only running for one week, I'm amazed by the large turnout we've received, whether its pupils from other schools or just visitors…even our own students keep asking their teachers to allow them to explore the exhibition and that reflects their continued keenness to learn more about their heritage," he said.