The Aqaba Marine Group for Folklore Art is a tourism experience that offers a glimpse into the cultural heritage of Aqaba. Founded by Ismail in 1980, the experience includes a folkloric musical show and insight into the daily life of Aqaba's fishermen.
The band performs local Aqaba songs and uses traditional instruments like the "Simsimiyya," incorporating dancing into their performance. The fishing net prop showcases the techniques and practices of Aqaba's hard-working fishermen, giving visitors insight into the importance of fishing in Aqaba's history and culture.
It's a must-see experience for anyone interested in Aqaba's cultural heritage.
Ismail's passion for the simsimiyya instrument and his desire to share its beauty and significance with others has driven him to start his own project. Despite the lack of tools and equipment needed to make and perform with the instrument professionally, Ismail has continued to create simsimiyya souvenirs and play with his group at local events. He aspires to expand his project and share his knowledge of the simsimiyya with a wider audience, in hopes of preserving and promoting this unique aspect of Aqaba's cultural heritage.