As Abu Dhabi re-opens its business and economic activities, the government sees to it they’re still giving premium social services to their people. Aside from healthcare, they also want to continue the education of its students. However, the students don’t need to leave their homes and risk their safety just to go to school and learn. Why? It’s because the Abu Dhabi government recently launched a virtual tour program for students.
Abu Dhabi Government Launched a Virtual Tour Program for Students
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism launched a virtual tour program that features the historic Al Hosn site. The purpose of the said VR program is for students and individuals to have a cultural tour of this iconic landmark.
The students can book their virtual tour online and have a 360 view of Qasr Al Hosn and the Cultural Foundation. In it, they would see thousands of exhibits. The tour will also have guides and information to answer the viewers’ questions and encourage cultural learning. Meanwhile, educators can also customize educational guides to meet their class requirements.
What’s more? The virtual tour is also available internationally! The Qasr Al Hosn tour is available in multiple languages like Arabic, English, French, Malayalam, and Urdu. Meanwhile, you can also watch Cultural Foundations shows like the Red Palace. The said show features Sultan Bin Fahad and the Common Ground's works.
The show showcases the awesome artworks of 13 Saudi Arabian artists that exhibit the cultural link between Saudi Arabia and UAE. This virtual tour program was a collaboration between the Abu Dhabi government; the Department of Culture and Tourism, and Department of Education and Knowledge. The first successful VR tour was launched on Zoom with a group of 160 students.
Similar Programs in UAE
Aside from Abu Dhabi, the Dubai emirate also had a similar virtual tour program since April. The government provided tours for its various museums like the Coins Museum, Dubai Museum, Etihad Museum, and Naif Museum for educational learning.
The initiative yielded an astounding 298 virtual tours with over 11,000 participating students from 94 public and private schools. The immense success was also attributed to the Ministry of Education, who supported the initiative to promote remote learning amidst the pandemic.
As Dubai museums started its re-opening since June 1, the government says it'll still retain the virtual tour programs for international tourists. The international tourists can now browse Etihad Museum, Al Shindagha, Dubai Museum, and the Naif and Poet Al Oqaili museums online.
Meanwhile, Dubai locals, ex-pats, and other stranded tourists can visit these places physically. Just be mindful of the health protocols. Also, these museums only allow 50% of their visitors’ capacity. So you might need to schedule your visits accordingly.
Aside from Dubai museums, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Hosn, and Cultural Foundation will also re-open to the public at limited capacity.
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