Arab Today, arab today emirati volunteers dispel visitors’ misconceptions
Last Updated : GMT 14:10:28
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

In UAE pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

Emirati volunteers dispel visitors’ misconceptions

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Emirati volunteers dispel visitors’ misconceptions

Young Emirati volunteers are a big part of the UAE pavilion
Dubai - Arab Today

Why do women wear black and men white? Is everybody in the UAE rich because of oil?

These were just some of the questions and misconceptions young Emiratis tackled about women and life in the UAE from visitors to the UAE pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.

The questions posed by curious visitors covered religion, history, women's rights and education. The Emiratis hope their answers helped to spread a broader understanding about their culture and country.

"People asked why we covered our hair when it was so hot in our country; they always asked why our abayas were black and the boys could wear white,” said Emirati volunteer Amal Al Kuwaiti, a contract engineer with the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company.

"We explained that it's about modesty and black is chosen because it's not transparent. Also I explained how according to our religion only family members can see us when we are not covered, how everyone wears the same dress whether it is a royal family member or anyone else so there is no difference between people.

"They wanted to know if we were educated, if women were allowed to drive, study and work. It was important to help them understand the freedom we enjoy, give them answers they could understand.”

Emirati volunteers received cultural and etiquette training with the Takatof volunteering organisation before they set out for Milan. They also attended intensive Italian language classes to prepare for their three-week stay.

"Takatof's rigorous training programme is designed to help volunteers develop their voluntary knowledge and skills training on UAE culture, traditions history and food, as well as etiquette,” said Maytha Al Habsi, chief programme officer at Emirates Foundation.

"A Takatof volunteer's main role will be to showcase and promote the country's culture and heritage in a positive way.

"They will act as proud ambassadors of the UAE when welcoming millions of visitors to the pavilion.”

About 400 Emirati volunteers, aged between 20 and 35, have been recruited for the six-month expo.

"One question that was often asked was if women are oppressed and are they made to feel inferior because men wear the good colour white,” said Shurouq Lashkari, who works at a television station in Dubai.

"I explained how black was a great colour. I talked about how it was because women are precious diamonds who should not be appreciated by everyone and need to be hidden that we wear black clothing.

"We got questions like whether everyone is rich because the UAE has a lot of petroleum and had to explain that each person did not own this and it was owned by the Government. We had to clear misconceptions that it was the richest country because of cheap petroleum.”

Questions also covered the harsh desert, with some volunteers being asked if they needed to search for water.

Many of the apprehensions held by volunteers were also dispelled during the expo.

"Before I went to Milan, I had the idea that they may not be accepting of us because of the sheila (head cover),” Ms Lashkari said. "But we made some close friendships with the Italian hostesses there, who helped us to talk and be understood by Italian speakers.”
Source: The National

 

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today emirati volunteers dispel visitors’ misconceptions Arab Today, arab today emirati volunteers dispel visitors’ misconceptions

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Rabia Fatima reveals role of "Facebook" in her career

GMT 13:47 2017 Friday ,24 February

Rabia Fatima reveals role of "Facebook" in her career
Arab Today, arab today Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Mental conflict endures

GMT 07:36 2017 Friday ,24 February

Mental conflict endures
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار ثقافة
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 07:51 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Mom's immune system accepts babies

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday