The Bedouin environment … a realistic simulation that reinvigorates the self in Sharjah’s heritage days


Visiting the Bedouin environment pavilion in Sharjah’s 18 Heritage Days is not just a tourism to take pictures. Rather, it gives the visitor an opportunity to fix time and rediscover the human self in the most beautiful states of its simplicity. The more a person relieves needs and is satisfied with the necessities of life as depicted by the life of the desert, the greater the area of ​​feeling the intimacy of the place. And the aesthetics of the values ​​produced by the environment around him.

To the right of the entrance, which leads the visitor to the pulse of the pure Bedouin community, the camel shepherd stands next to his camel, contemplating the faces with his hereditary horses. And there is no noise in the desert paddles, because silence is wisdom, and because coffee is waiting on a slow fire, near a rug woven from goat hair. From those strings, “zriul”, which is worn on the feet to protect against the heat of the sand, is also spinning, and the lavender that is placed on the head is made like an iqal to fix the ghutra.

The design of the Bedouin environment pavilion was based on realistic simulations, there is the sandy floor that creates an impression that helps to imagine the topography of the desert, so standing on the edge of the well surrounded by sand becomes a clear message, alerting the visitor to the value that every drop of water represents to humans, animals and plants, and it does not draw the traveler in the Bedouin environment Unless the pasture dries up and the water becomes scarce, or the family and loved ones have left and they must catch up.

Visitors focus their lenses on a Bedouin roasting the coffee beans … moving them as if he is counting the number of their dark brown grains, and whenever they are prepared and ready to be crushed with cardamom pods, the cameras lenses on the coffee corner increase, at which time the scent of Arab hospitality in all its origins and rituals smells.

The Bedouin receives his guests and sets up his majlis in the “house of poetry”, in front of which a rug of sand extends, and every sip of coffee in the house of poetry gives the guest a feeling of the grace of shade in the heat of the day, and every night in the desert is an opportunity to nip the stars, because the horizon is open and not blocked by a ceiling or wall. With a few personal belongings, life can go in the desert; A camel, three sheep, a well of water, a bag of flour, another of dates, a container for milk, a bottle of water, and a coffee with the smell of cardamom. But the eye does not see everything, for that is not the only means to live in the Bedouin environment, because what is not seen is more than what is captured by the lenses of phones and cameras, there is generosity, courage, discernment, patience, loyalty and love. Thus, an area of ​​the heart of Sharjah has turned into a living piece of the desert, to provide a picture of the Bedouin environment in the Emirates, within the panorama of life in neighboring environments, indicating the diversity and richness of the conscience that should not be forfeited or forgotten, because living in the present moment only lacks The meaning is when yesterday is not present in the collective memory. That is why “Sharjah Heritage Days” raised the slogan “Cultural heritage brings us together”.


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