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Exhibition booth 2015/8/13

UAE stand located at W2-C01, covering an area of 1000㎡. The United Arab Emirates’ corner design at Beijing International Book Fair 2015 reflects the Emirates continuous quest to develop and enhance the aesthetic taste and cultural and heritage identity of the country. The corner was creatively designed in line with the spread of modern arts in the UAE. The structure itself with its corners, walls, ceilings and the overall external parts represent prominent elements inspired by the Emirati heritage that are presented in a modern way combining both the cultural identity and the Emirati architecture with modern architecture.

The layout of UAE stand

The Reception Area

Heritage Photo Gallery:
This Gallery contains a visual record that has been captured by Emirati photographers reflecting their love of their country and the cultural and heritage legacy it has. The Gallery also tells the story of civilization, the building of a state, the journey of creating a union and the empowerment of people. It includes photos that document the features and details of the Emirati everyday life both in the past and present within its heritage and cultural dimensions.  

Heritage Photo Gallery

Arabic Calligraphy Corner:
Arabic Calligraphy has its own enchanting effect and wonderful aesthetic characteristics, but it cannot be separated from a very ancient cultural history that started with the Holy Quran and its font and punctuation, and continued to this date with the mixing of ancient cultures in Mesopotamia and the Levant, as well as India and China. Arabic Calligraphy would not have possessed such brilliancy and beauty if it was not for the skilled calligraphers and artists who managed to enhance and develop this art extensively making it among the most prominent forms of art that combines the skills of calligraphy, geometry, architecture and language all in one package.

Fine Arts Gallery:
Despite the relatively young age of the UAE, the Emirati fine arts field has witnessed a substantial level of development and enhancement in fine art creativity and productivity which matches the level achieved in many other countries. The fine arts movement in the UAE is inspired by the aesthetics of the Emirati environment with all of its geographic and cultural diversity and the civilization convergence between the east and the west. The UAE hosts more than 200 different nationalities making it a very rich cultural and artistic environment.


Fine Arts Gallery

Children’s Corner:
Children enjoy the biggest share in the UAE’s vision since they represent the future generation who will be responsible for building the country and achieving more development. Beijing International Book Fair offers a great chance for the participants (children and young people) to engage in serious and positive interactions that lead to the creation of a knowledge-based entertaining relationship with books. This way, children can be creative in their learning and can have more access to the different knowledge tools.

Children’s Corner

Film Screening Corner:
Since its establishment as the seventh art, the film and cinema industry has served as a living and interactive record of the daily life and its issues, pains, hopes and dreams. The Emirati cinematic experience has emerged in its most supreme form as a creative movement that was spearheaded by skilled and talented young Emirati film directors who were able to move the Emirati film industry from local theaters to international ones. A number of historical documentaries will be screened as part of this corner’s activities; these documentaries will tell the stories of achievement that the UAE has made and the efforts of its leaders.

Film Screening Corner

Henna Hand Art Corner:
Throughout the ages, Henna has been the primary form of drawing on the hand art in the Gulf countries in general and in the United Arab Emirates in particular. Over the course of the Emirati history, applying Henna on hands as a form of art used to be an aesthetic art that is confined to specific rituals and celebrations, but it developed later on into a cosmetic habit that is almost daily which expresses the unique taste and the deep yearning for beauty among young men and women in the UAE. Ladies and girls visiting this corner will have the chance to have their hands decorated with Henna over the entire days of the Fair.

Men’s Crafts Corner:
They are the types of crafts that were known in ancient Emirati society which have been passed down from one generation to the other. Those crafts were performed mainly by men as a source of income or livelihood such as hunting. The crafts were governed by the type of environment the Emirati man is living in such as the gulf coast, the desert and the oases.
Among the crafts that will be showcased in the Fair are:
The Karkour: (a fishing basket made from wood or metal).
The ropes:that were made of palm fronds and tree bark. Such tools reflect the genius of the Emirati people who invented them to help them secure their livelihood in a country that suffered from small land area and shortage in water and natural resources.

Men’s Crafts Corner

Women’s Crafts Corner:
The Emirati woman played a major role in family income and helped innovate new ways of securing its livelihood including food, water and clothing. Through her clever management, the Emirati woman succeeded in carrying out the different house chores and at the same time creating different unique handicrafts. Emirati women stood side by side with their men and helped them secure the families’ incomes through doing whatever they can.
Among the traditional women’s crafts that will be showcased in the Fair ar:
The Talli:(a form of sewing art whereby embroidered bands that are made of cotton threads are combined with shiny golden or silver streaks). Talli is usually used to decorate the sleeves and collars of women’s dresses and pants.
“Khous”Khous is considered among the most famous crafts in the UAE which relies in its making on palm fronds. This craft was mostly conducted by women since the difficulty of life in the Emirati society in the past forced many woman to try to secure her family’s needs and help her husband. Women used to collect Khous and spread it under the sun so that its color would change. After that she would collect it using a piece of cloth after cleaning it from all the dirt. Khous is used to make (Haseer) mats. Haseer resembles the carpets we see today, and it had a rectangular shape and embroidered with beautiful designs. Its size would depend on the place where it will be placed. From Khous people also make (Sarood) (a round mat) which is used for dining purposes.

Women’s Crafts Corner