Yesterday Astronomy enthusiasts attended a free lecture at the Jumeirah Majlis sponsored by SMCCU. Dubai Astronomy Group’s founder Hassan Al Hariri, delivered an interesting lecture about how knowledge of the stars and planets and their position in the sky helped the Arabs navigate in the open deserts and by sea. Mr. Al Hariri also brought with him an astrolabe, which was used for direction and calculating distances. Not only was the knowledge of the stars an important tool for navigation, it also was used to calculate and create the first calendars. The SMCCU is keen to provide opportunities for people to come together and learn more about the heritage and history in the region.