Al-Fustat Traditional Handicrafts Centre, located in Old Cairo and affiliated to the Cultural Development Fund, received Sunday, 2 September, a delegation of the 5th Arab Youth Forum, entitled "Ana Al-Arabi, Ana Al-Arabia" (I'm the Arab Male, I'm the Arab Female), organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in cooperation with the League of Arab States.
The 5th Arab Youth Forum started 29 August and is ongoing until 7 September, held at the Olympic Centre in Maadi.
The delegation included 86 young men and women from eight Arab countries: Palestine, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Comoros, Somalia, Sudan and Egypt.
The aim of the forum is to reinforce the values of citizenship and Arab identity and to reinforce national culture through visits to tourist and archeological sites. The forum includes a number of workshops focused on Arab issues, and a simulation session at the Arab League.
Iman Mohamed from Algeria said of the Al-Fustat Centre that it’s her first time to watch live the methods of making and decorating pottery. Jordanian Aref Al-Qattan said that the centre helps revive Arab and Islamic arts, expressing his admiration of its exhibits. He added that the centre forms a nucleus for training young people on handicrafts and the means of preserving them, hoping that youth from other Arab countries could learn how to make these handicrafts and to show them in their own countries.
From Egypt, Mohamed Ramadan said that the artisans in Al-Fustat Centre are characterised by skill, accuracy and proficiency. He said that the location of Al-Fustat Centre, next to Amr ibn Al-Aas Mosque, added to its touristic and historical significance