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Under The Patronage of
H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi

Friends of Cancer Patients will play the host for the 5th Gulf
Federation for Cancer Control Conference in Sharjah, 5th to 7th
May 2011, with the main theme being "Colorectal Cancer -
Diagnostics, Treatment and Control."



The time-honoured traditions of the region date back to the desert tribes and the influence brought upon them by migration. These traditions have been passed on through the generations by word of mouth and today are an integral part of modern Arabian lifestyle.

National Attire

Distinctive and unique to this region, men wear the immaculately pressed, elegant long cotton white robe or dishdasha. A gahfiya or small white crocheted skullcap is worn under the headdress or guttrah that is held in place by the twisted black woollen braid known as the agal. For important occasions, the dishdasha is covered by the mishlah, a flowing brown or black mantle, edged with gold braid.

Women’s Dress

A light chiffon headscarf or sheyla is worn to cover the hair but in past times the abaya or black cloak draped the entire body from head to toe. Once a fairly plain and light cotton covering, the crepe or chiffon abaya of today comes richly decorated with sequins, crystals, embroidery etc.headgear is considered to be the most distinctive element of a woman’s attire distinguishing her origins from one region to another.

Traditional Music, Dance & Folklore

Ceremonial folk dances, poetry and songs from the past have become an integral part of modern Arabian culture.
These arts have been influenced by traditional customs and values, social relations and trading with countries such as East Africa, Iran and India.

Traditional Sports

Falconry is a sport in which wild falcons are trained to attack small prey and to bring the prey back for the evening meal. Originally, this was a primary means of obtaining fresh meat in the barren environment. The main prey is the Houbara Bustard but falcons also catch hares and Stone Curlew, which inhabit the gravel plains.

Traditional Arts & Crafts

Sharjah has maintained its cultural traditions that date back to the days of the desert tribes and the influences brought about by their migration. Such skills and trades have been handed down by word of mouth and are still evident for visitors to discover and appreciate.

Perfume and Incense

These are an integral part of Arabic life for both men and women and are usually family run businesses. Attar is the oil based perfume, bukhoor is the fragrant burnt incense (formed by burning the wood chips) and the third is a wax sachet, which when burnt gives off a charcoal odor. The three types of perfume and how they are mixed are a closely guarded secret.

Date Palm

In eastern Arabia alone, there are over 50 different varieties of date palm, bearing many types and qualities of fruit at different times of the year. Not so many years ago this precious tree was vital for survival in a land of scarcity.


Has been used for centuries to enhance beauty in the Middle East and India. Traditionally, henna is used to color hair and to decorate the palms of hands and the soles of feet, especially for weddings and Eid celebrations. The coloring, which also contains cooling properties, will remain on the skin for several weeks before fading.




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