Several schools, including JESS Arabian Ranches, and Collegiate American have chosen to spend the day with SMCCU to learn more about local culture and architecture. The historic district along the Dubai Creek is an excellent backdrop for students to study the traditional domiciles of the old neighborhoods that tradesmen and local tribes called home. The area which includes the Old Fahidi Fort dates back to the late 17th century, and the Sheikh Saeed Maktoum House along with homes in the trading village date back to the turn of the 19th century. Prior to these more permanent Coral and Stone Homes, which are marked by their magnificent WindTowers, locals built traditional Areesh homes made from the date palm, as well as Bedouin Tents weaved from goat hair. Students had a chance to learn about how the indigenous people survived in such a harsh environment through ingenuity and use of locally found materials. They also took the opportunity to sketch the area and will use their drawings to compete in the “Treasures of the UAE” Art Competition whose winners will be announced on National Day.