Father Mubarak Saeed Al Buraiki was impressed by the state’s heritage of all kinds, since the eighties, where he was working as an employee in the port of Zayed, and continued his work for about 30 years. He was proud that he did not receive a single warning, and did not miss his work a day with or without justification. He retired in 1994 to allow others to work and serve the homeland. He does not consider himself a retired but a servant to his homeland, and any work assigned to him he shall perform to the fullest.
Al-Buraiki holds dozens of certificates of appreciation and awards for his work in the service of heritage, which intensified during his retirement. He, unlike people when they retire, has become more active in the fields of heritage, especially the establishment of heritage villages, whether for official bodies or private sectors. Many villages have been established in local festivals, various exhibitions, events of the Women’s Union, cultural bodies, petroleum companies and technical colleges, all of which are keen to establish these villages near their facilities during various national and religious events for each institution or college.
His work in heritage was formally represented by joining a folklore association. Al-Buraiki said “I entered the heritage field since the early 1980s, and then in 1990 it started through the “Association for the Revival of Heritage” and officially participated in the first event in the society through a collective work to establish an exhibition with a heritage village. And then my contributions followed, I contributed to the organization of student marches on national holidays, especially the heritage side. Perhaps the most important march I participated in is that in which I held the Torch of the Union, with six of my colleagues, and we started holding the torch from the “Cultural Complex” to all emirates of the state, on seven camels. Our journey lasted about two weeks. We were seen off by His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior. When he gave me the Torch, he commanded me, “Beware not to be toppled”, I said to His Highness, “My Head not the Torch.”
We have been received by the rulers of all the emirates that received the Torch March.