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RAKDED organizes online handicrafts workshops for ladies


Thursday 7 May 2020

Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development (RAK DED) finalizes its annual plans to develop the skills of members of the "Al-Ghad license program" through organizing many workshops throughout the year. This move will empower and improve the members' expertise in many aspects, including handicrafts, the art of professional photography, the art of using cosmetic powders, and more. In the first week of this month, RAK DED has organized a webinar workshop on making Emirati incense (Dakhoon), which had a high turnout of sixty (60) ladies from Al-Ghad license holders and the community. The participants much-admired the workshop as it embodied their passion and part of the history and heritage of the UAE. 'Dakhoon' is one of the primary traditions of the emirate society associated with welcoming guests and bidding farewell. Emirati families commonly use 'Dakhoon' in events and their daily life. The workshop incorporated identifying the most sought-after varieties of 'Dakhoon' among Emirati families and learning how to make them, including Emirati and French selections of incense. Starting from the essential components of preparing 'Dakhoon' dough, the expert, Khadija Al Zaabi, showed the ladies how to form circular 'Dakhoon' tablets, which are left to dry and to be packaged later in plastic containers for sale. She also talked about how to choose the right type of incense for significant occasions such as weddings or banquets, or daily use like aromatizing houses, clothes or beds. Each application is characterized by a specific strength or softness of smell according to the customer's desire. Remarkably, female merchants sophisticated skills in selecting the preeminent names for 'Dakhoon,' which dramatically reflects marketing and stimulating the community demand for 'Dakhoon' products. Mrs. Fatima Abdulaziz Al-Suwaidi - Manager of Business Support and Development Section- encouraged all members of the Al-Ghad License Program and all women to take advantage of workshops offered to train them on various skills. Each workshop provides a spray of skills to benefit from and use in starting a successful business. She added that the Business Development Department plans to offer numerous workshops online in the coming days based on the requirements of the current health conditions in the World. It is worth noting that RAK DED has organized the workshop "The Art of Decoupage" earlier this year at its headquarters. The workshop also targeted Al-Ghad license members and the community, where 17 ladies participated.

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