Speech 1

Thalassemia disease is brought about because of intermarriages between relatives. The disease indicates the gravity of the cultural practices of intermarriages between relatives because of the potency to lead to various disorders such as acute and chronic anemia. It is reported that the disease affects an approximate 8.5 % of the population in the United Arab Emirates which translates to one individual in every twelve individuals in the United Arab Emirates is a carrier of the disease (Baysal, 2011).

The disease indicates the need for a shift from such unbeneficial cultural practices and embrace modernity. This is because such diseases usually bring about risks of transfer of the disease from one generation to another. Hence, there is a dire need for social education to ensure that people are able to understand the health risks associated with marriages between relatives. This has however, been part of the culture of people in the United Arab Emirates since historical times.

The disease provides an indication of the dire need for an understanding of the ongoing practice of marriage between relatives, which has been in existence since the historical time of the Arabic culture. This is because the disease if not addressed adequately could result in the development of serious health complications such as anemia, which has potency to develop into chronic anemia that is considered as life threatening.

Cultural practices that bring about diseases and are unbeneficial should be abandoned and modernity should be embraced. However, there is also need to ensure that some aspects of Arab culture are preserved in relation to adherence to marital practices. This is essential as it ensures preservation of a culture, which has been in existence for a long time since the history of Arab culture.

Speech 2: Jabel Hafit

Jebel Hafit overlooks Al Ain and Buraimi oases. Its significance is its geological structure as well, as its history as it served as a burial site for ancient societies, which had settled near the mountain. Past events, practices, heritages and cultures are usually commemorated because of their relevance to the modern world or society. The need for preservation of the history of the community that lived near the mountain is driven by the need to ensure that the United Arab society is able to understand the origins of the various cultural practices. In addition, the need for commemorative symbolism is driven by the social need to understand origin of various cultural practices. In essence, the need for commemoration ensures a link between the old and modern societies in terms of their practices.

Storage and preservation of the various artifacts and historical sites is usually a task of the government through its appointed agency or authorities. Such ensures high level of security and respect for authenticity of items such as tools discovered which are usually held as government assets. It is evident that the government is also involved in commemorative efforts to ensure preservation of history as well as enabling people to understand their historical culture. Such includes sites that are considered as sacred because of their significance in the history of a given culture and are a means of understanding the traditional cultures of a given community as well as its values and beliefs (Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage, 2012).

The acts of commemoration are aimed at creation of a connection between the ancient and modern societies in terms of the values and beliefs held by the two communities. Such ensures that the communities are able to understand the significance of the existence of the ancient community through the artifacts and commemorative efforts. Hence, commemorative efforts are essential to ensure connection between ancient and modern societies. Sites such as the gravesites near the mountain should be preserved to ensure that our modern society and community understands the importance of the sites in terms of giving information about the origin of our modern community.



Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage. (2012). Jabel Hafit Tombs. Retrieved from http://www.adach.ae/en/portal/jabel.hafit.tombs.aspx on 6 December 2012.

Baysal, E. (January 01, 2011). “Molecular Basis of β-Thalassemia in the United Arab Emirates”. Hemoglobin, 35, 5-6

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