The History Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UAEU organized activities to mark the International Day of Tourism. The purpose of these activities was to raise awareness of the significance of cultural, social and historical tourism worldwide.
The event started with a film on the tourism industry produced by the department’s students. Then Dr. Fatima Al Sayegh, Head of the History Department, talked about the importance of tourism as bridge between cultures. She mentioned UAEU’s program focuses on research and publications on tourism. Additionally, she added that the university embraces nationalities from all over the world. Dr. Al Sayegh also expressed her pride at the efforts of the students in organizing the event.
Mr. Nasif Kayed, CEO of the Arab Culturalist, delivered a speech about the importance of tourism in the and how the country has been promoting cultural tourism.
Also Mr. Jamal Bin Huwaireb, a cultural advisor to the Government of Dubai, delivered a session entitled ‘The Importance of Heritage Tourism’ where he emphasized that tourism in UAE is not a new phenomenon but dates back more than 500 years. He also highlighted that everyone (individuals, government authorities and other institutions) should place great importance on heritage tourism. He added that the UAE has taken great strides forward in developing tourism and it now competes with the superpowers in the travel and tourism sector. For example, hotels in the UAE among the best and most luxurious in the world.
He went on to say that Ain, itself, was a unique place in the middle of the desert and has been added to the World Heritage list. He was quoted as saying to the students that, “We count on you to help to add other UAE heritage sites to this list by conducting research and publishing details about such places.”
The History Department students also organized an exhibition to explain the UAE and international cultural tourism through pictures, paintings and folkloric dancing and popular local dishes.
The International Tourism Organization decided to make 27th September World Tourism Day. This began back in 1980. The slogan for 2017 is ‘Sustainable Tourism - A tool for development and poverty eradication’.
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