Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 15 November 2019

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UAE-Russia Week celebrates the visit of Vladimir Putin with folk dancing, music and food

 A tourist takes a photo in front of the giant Matryoshka dolls, painted by artist Kathrin Kovshova, on display in Emirates Palace Hotel. Victor Besa / The National 
 A tourist takes a photo in front of the giant Matryoshka dolls, painted by artist Kathrin Kovshova, on display in Emirates Palace Hotel. Victor Besa / The National 

A spectacular celebration of Russian culture will take place in Abu Dhabi this week to mark the visit of President Vladimir Putin.

Traditional Russian ballet, folk music and dancing will create a mini Moscow in the gilt atrium of the Emirates Palace hotel.

UAE-Russia Week also includes displays of Emirati culture with al yola dancers, Arabic coffee and oud performances to show the ties between the countries.

Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, launched the exhibition on Monday.

“Cultural collaboration and the sharing of our traditional heritage with one another are integral to bringing our two cultures closer,” Ms Al Kaabi said.

Mr Putin arrives to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to a welcome reserved for only the most important of allies, and Ms Al Kaabi told of a relationship steeped in history.

“The UAE’s relationship with Russia dates back more than 47 years when our Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, laid the foundations of these bilateral ties,” she said.

“The launch of UAE-Russia Week opens opportunities for artists and creatives to communicate in both cultures.”

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a huge installation inspired by the work of Russian architect Vladimir Tatlin.

Tatlin created his model for a Communist building in St Petersburg that was never constructed, but now visitors can relive the ambition of the era and learn about Russian and Emirati culture while enjoying tea served by Russian hostesses.

An installation inspired by Russian architect Vladimir Tatlin on display at Emirates Palace hotel. Victor Besa / The National 
An installation inspired by Russian architect Vladimir Tatlin on display at Emirates Palace hotel. Victor Besa / The National 

Visitors can also stop by several stages around the installation to enjoy Russian lacemaking, doll-making, folk dancing and a collection of matryoshka dolls inscribed in Arabic and Russian.

Cultural ties have been expanding between both countries over the past few years. Sharjah was the guest of honour at this year's Moscow Book Fair, while the UAE will return the favour at next April’s Abu Dhabi Book Fair.

UAE-Russia Week takes place at Emirates Palace from 10am to 6pm until Thursday.

Updated: October 15, 2019 03:21 AM

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