x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

130km camel trek to help students explore heritage

Eight students from Sharjah Men's College will embark this weekend on a 130km camel trek to mark the Year of National Identity.

SHARJAH // Eight students from Sharjah Men's College will embark this weekend on a 130km camel trek to mark the Year of National Identity. "The country has developed so quickly they have been looking into the future, and to some extent they may have overlooked their heritage," said David Jenn, a faculty member at the college that organised the trip. One of several events organised by the Men's College to acknowledge and commemorate Emirati heritage, the venture will begin at the northeastern tip of the UAE, in Dibba al Hisn. For six days, the students will travel by camel across the north of the country.

"One of the greatest legacies we can pass on is a sense of place, and a chance for the students to connect with their past," Mr Jenn said. The organisers have stressed the importance of reacquainting the students with the diversity of the natural environment. "It's quite interesting that out of all the guys that came and showed interest in this programme, almost all of them had little experience with what we would call heritage activities," Mr Jenn said.

"There was only one student who had ridden a camel before." Before signing up for the trip, Jassim al Hammadi, 19, had been on a camel just once. "The camel is part of our history," he said. "This kind of trip happened in the past and I think one week in the desert will show us our history." klewis@thenational.ae