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Poetry at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Poetry in the UAE is as old as the sails of boats found in dhow graveyards. As one of Arabia’s ancient art forms, Bedouins used the spoken word through recitation and song to pass down stories of love, loss and triumph. Local legend also reminds us that on months-long voyages, pearl divers believed their poems, when spoken, would be caught in the sails of their dhows and travel back home to their loved ones.

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