Next month, Al Shindagha Museum and Etihad Museum will host summer camps organized by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
The camp for kids ages 8 to 12 seeks to provide plenty of room for creativity and help kids learn new things and enhance their skills. This aligns with the authority’s initiatives to build a resilient, creative ecosystem that fosters young talent, motivates the next generation, and improves their connection to Emirati history.
The Young Adventurers’ Summer Camp at Al Shindagha Museum ran for two weeks, the first from July 17 to 21 and the second from July 24 to 28. The camp’s theme was “A Journey from the Land to the Sea.” The programme allows participants to research their Emirati ancestry and discover the background of Dubai and the UAE.
Children will go on an exhilarating trip with a strong historical foundation during the programme at Al Shindagha Museum. They will gain knowledge of the conventional occupation of pearl diving and the techniques used in its extraction, which has long provided a means of subsistence for the people of Dubai. They will also gain knowledge of the specifics of the local marine environment and the historic trades and crafts practised by those who lived along the coast. Children will learn about and engage with camels as they follow their desert adventures. They will also fly with falcons and learn about their worlds.
The Explorer Summer Camp, run by Dubai Culture, will take place at Etihad Museum for two weeks, starting July 10 and running through July 21. The camp is an educational excursion packed with entertaining and cultural activities that teach kids about the illustrious history of the UAE’s union, the most notable events from 1968 to 1972, and the tales of our founding fathers while also letting them envision the nation’s future.
Children will be able to return to 1968 as part of the Etihad Museum programme, centring around exploration. There, they will be able to explore the differences in the geography of the seven emirates between then and now through interactive and exciting tasks that emphasise the concept of time travel and what life was like here in 1968. They will work to effectively convey the union’s history, core beliefs, and all relevant information. They will also receive training in creating museum tours.
The Al Shindagha Museum’s acting director, Abdalla Al Obeidli, emphasised the significance of the summer programmes. “We aim to educate the next generation about the richness of the Emirati legacy and the value of preserving it through the Young Adventurers’ Summer Camp, which strengthens his presence in their conscience and helps them develop a stronger sense of their connection to the national identity. The camp’s schedule includes a range of workshops and activities that are educational, cultural, and relevant to the desert and sea surroundings nearby. It mixes creativity motivated by these settings with modernity that captures Dubai’s essence.
“Through The Explorer Summer Camp, we seek to discover children’s talents and capabilities and motivate them to be creative through a series of innovative workshops and activities inspired by the idea of the expedition,” said Abdulla Alfalasi, director of the Etihad Museum. “Summer camps are ideal destinations to attract children because they help them develop their intellectual skills, enhance their ability to assume responsibility and build social relationships. The camp broadens their knowledge and fosters creativity by teaching students how to tell stories via arts and crafts. It also helps them become better tour guides by teaching them how to manage and organise excursions, which boosts their self-confidence.
The authority presents all of the activities inside the summer camps. It runs in both Arabic and English. A team of specialists and heritage industry experts manages them. They also demonstrate Dubai Culture’s dedication to offering a cutting-edge learning environment in its museums to foster children’s creativity and help them acquire life skills.