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Emirati family showcases life in the mountain as it was
BY SALMA ALALEM April 16, 2018
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SHARJAH: Al Dhuhouri family is an Emirati family that was renowned for living in the mountainous areas of Ras Al Khaimah and Diba Al Hisin in Sharjah. Members of the family are showcasing a model of the mountain lifestyle as part of their participation in the Sharjah Heritage Days, which is taking place at the Heart of Sharjah and is running until Apr.21.

Saeed Sabt Al Dhuhouri, an expert in heritage, said, “We are showcasing life as it was for the Al Dhuhouri family in the past. This includes our model houses, where our grandfathers would stay long before the formation of the UAE. However, currently, the Al Dhuhouris are living in various places depending on their professions.”

The model of the mountain environment being showcased is divided into four main parts, including: professions and crafts, traditions and customs, traditional houses, and arts and folk songs.

Dwellers of the mountainous areas used to depend on grazing, ploughing, timber cutting, ranching, and agriculture as for survival. Also, they would plant palm trees, Sidr tree, thyme and other herbs that were used for medicine.

Accommodation in the mountain was influenced by the season of the year, for example during winter accommodation would be in totally closed houses called “Bait Al Gefil”, where the dwellers used to keep their expensive items such as weapons, swords, gold, silver, and grains.

“Al Saffa”, which was a semi-opened house, was the name of the spring season accommodation. “Al Dikka”, which was an open house with no roof, was the summer accommodation and whenever the weather. Family members, relatives, and neighbours used to gather in the house in the evening until midnight. They would sometimes sleep in the house.

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