In collaboration with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Emirati hosts will welcome visitors to the Souk Atrium which will be transformed into a cultural “majilis.” Guests will be served traditional coffee and dates as they listen to stories of the UAE’s culture and heritage.
Seated beneath a stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ visitors can learn the importance of the moon in Emirati culture. An awe-inspiring touring artwork by UK artist, Luke Jerram, ‘Museum of the Moon’ measures seven metres in diameter – with each centimetre of the artwork representing 5km of the actual moon.
Adults and children alike will be entranced by Emirati Falconers, calligraphers, Henna artists and much more.
A History of the Cresent Moon in Islam.
It is widely believed that the crescent moon and star is an internationally-recognized symbol of Islam. After all, the symbol is featured on the flags of several Muslim countries and is even part of the official emblem for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Christians have the cross, the Jews have the star of David, and the Muslims have the crescent moon. . .or so it is thought. The truth, however, is a little more complex and interesting. Read more here…