A glimpse of Emarati heritage through DSS 2009 Photography Exhibition in Deira City Centre
With a display of around 180 images by amateur, professional, and press photographers, the DSS 2009 Photography Exhibition gives an insight into the culture and customs of the UAE through the lens. The exhibition, held at the Jewellery Court in Deira City Centre, delves into the many daily aspects of Emarati life in the past and also touches elements of national identity. Striking images of people, nature, and developments in the UAE are on display at the show that will go on till August 13th. Selected images and photographers will also be awarded on the last day of the display.
A notable participant this year is the Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage. Images of popular places such as Deira, Shandagah, and the Dubai Creek highlight the rapid development that Dubai has witnessed.
This collection of old photos of the UAE opens to public awareness to the rich history and culture of the country. Pictures of the maritime life in the UAE such as the Sharjah Corniche and Dubai Fish Market in the 1940s, the pearl merchants and abras in 1948, the Dubai Creek in 1950s and the Abu Dhabi Corniche in 1958 enlighten the audience about the importance of maritime life in the emirates. The image an old map drawn by Ahmed Ibn Majid in 900A.H. (1500 A.D.) and the copy of the school certificate of Ahmed bin Saeed bin Ghabash from Al Falah School dated 1348 A.H. (1948 A.D.) reveal evidence of technology and education in the country then. Moreover, several copies of poems, with verses ranging from 62 to 1082, written by Ahmed bin Majid bin Mohammed Sa’adi Majdi Shehabuddeen way back from 866 A.H. (1466 A.D.), exhibit the cultures and traditions of the country.
The DSS 2009 Photography Exhibition is open from 10am to 10pm.