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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - CULTURE

Week-long activities to mark Dubai Public Library's 50th anniversary

Posted on 14/08/2013

The Dubai Public Library (DPL), owned and managed by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, is set to mark its Golden Anniversary, having achieved the vision of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed bin Maktoum, who in 1963 launched the Emirate's first public library in the homely area of Al Ras. Sheikh Rashid's vision was to create a platform that could serve as the cornerstone for community members to meet and ...  >>MORE

ADMAF signs letter of cooperation with SOAS University of London

Posted on 03/08/2013

The Abu Dhabi Music '&' Arts Foundation (ADMAF), in furthering its aim to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi's cultural vision, has announced the signing a letter of cooperation with SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London. The cooperation letter between the two sides was signed at the SOAS University premises and covers an indefinite time period beginning July 25th, 2013. Its scope covers ...  >>MORE

Nahyan to present his vision on development of Ministry of Culture, Youth, Community Development

Posted on 09/06/2013

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development tomorrow will present his vision for the mission of the Ministry, the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, in line with the top leadership's interest in providing a favourable environment to consolidate national identity, nurture the youth and develop the community. Sheikh Nahyan will make his presentation as he meets the employees of the ...  >>MORE

Dubai cultural festival to illuminate heritage

Posted on 30/05/2013

Workshops and events promoting heritage are being organised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The Heritage and Touristic Season will begin in October and run until April next year. The programme is part of an initiative announced yesterday by Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid, the authority's chairman. "Our city is home to some of the region's most magnificent heritage sites, which have paved the path for our growth over the last years,” Sheikh Majid said. "We are committed to ...  >>MORE

Globalisation: a new threat to the Arabic Language: Nahyan

Posted on 09/05/2013

The UAE gives high priority to the Arabic language and has effective, crystal-clear policies based on solid foundations of the tolerance of Islam, and the UAE's constitution, history, heritage and culture as well as socio-economic reality, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, said yesterday. 'Our duty towards the language of the Holy Quran is to grant it the natural status it deserves in historic, social, cultural and educational spheres,' ...  >>MORE

‘With 1,000 mosques, Sharjah qualifies to be capital of Islamic culture in 2014’

Posted on 07/04/2013

With 1,000 mosques built in keeping with local architectural heritage, Sharjah qualifies to the capital of Islamic culture in 2014, according to Salah Butti Al Muhairi, head of the Sharjah Directorate of Town Planning and Survey (DTPS).. Al Muhairi said this during a session of the Sharjah Advisory Council to discuss the policies of the DTPS. Al Muhairi said the directorate is planning many projects in the field of religion, culture and education. He said the emirate has 277 schools at ...  >>MORE

Making UAE culture for the world with stuff you'd class as junk

Posted on 03/04/2013

Emirati cultural objects that have been taken for granted or long forgotten are now coming back as art. Items like the begsha, a colourful cloth that newly married women used to wrap all their belongings in and carried on their heads as they left for their husbands' houses, are back again as an interesting take on gift wrap. The ghahfeyah, a knitted head piece under the ghutra, is being dyed into a myriad colours and revamped into a fancy pouch with a tiny face burqa as its ribbon. And things ...  >>MORE

Sultan hails Sharjah’s cultural movement

Posted on 20/03/2013

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, chaired the first preparatory meeting for the celebration of Sharjah as the capital of Islamic culture on Tuesday morning at the Badi'a Palace. Sheikh Sultan highlighted that the cultural movement in the emirate is unparalleled and distinct, one which contributes to building man and educating him on the primary level. He noted that Sharjah residents live an experience which has extended for ...  >>MORE

Dubai Culture marks fifth year with extensive repertoire

Posted on 13/03/2013

The Dubai Culture '&' Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, as the Emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, is marking its fifth year with an unprecedented celebration of cultural and artistic initiatives and events to be held over the course of the year. Mandated with spearheading the growth of the city's cultural and artistic fabric, in line with the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid affirms UAE's dedication to bridging cultures

Posted on 08/03/2013

The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, last night attended part of the cultural evening "Verses from the heart of the desert" organised by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, in association with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Khaleej Adventures in the desert near Al Aweer, Dubai. A number of intellectuals and poets from the UAE and other countries ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi wins Rome’s cultural award

Posted on 08/01/2013

On Sunday evening, one of the most prestigious awards of the city of Rome, Lupa Capitolina, was offered to Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority and Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), for the city's efforts of instilling culture in its residents and tourists. The Rome Award was offered for the first time to a city and a personality in the Middle East and it celebrates Sheikh Sultan's commitment to Saadiyat Island's cultural ...  >>MORE

New guide to boost Emirati-expat ties

Posted on 03/01/2013

A guidebook on Emirati culture and values will be the first outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Wednesday by the National Centre for Documentation and Research (NCDR) and the Watani programme. The book, which is currently being printed, is intended for both Emiratis and expatriates to better understand each other. "If you don't know my culture, then you will not understand me and you will have problems integrating, so it is really important for everyone living here to ...  >>MORE

UNESCO and Abu Dhabi explore closer ties

Posted on 26/12/2012

Closer ties between UNESCO and Abu Dhabi have been explored in a meeting in Paris between a delegation from the emirate led by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and UNESCO's Director General, Irina Bokova. The Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority delegation included: TCA Abu Dhabi Board Members Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Jasem Al Darmaki, HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, TCA Abu Dhabi's Director General, and Rita Aoun, Executive ...  >>MORE

Al Dhafra Festival to begin on Dec 15

Posted on 12/12/2012

With nearly 25,000 of the Gulf's prettiest camels arriving in Madinat Zayed this Saturday and prizes on offer worth over Dh46million, the sixth Al Dhafra Festival is sure to be awe-inspiring for all. Taking place in Abu Dhabi's Western Region from December 15–29, the 15-day extravaganza will include camel beauty competitions and falcon hunting and for the first time ever, a classic car show and competition. "This year the total value of prizes for the competitions has been raised to over Dh46 ...  >>MORE

Al Dhafra Festival: A story of success and progress

Posted on 06/12/2012

Inspired by the words of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may god bless his soul): "He who has no past has no present", the Emiratis joined efforts to start an event that deals with the protection of environmental heritage, and the strengthening of the bond between the history and the present of the Emirati citizens thus launching the Al Dhafra Festival in April 2008. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture (TCA Abu Dhabi), the Festival is held under the directions ...  >>MORE

Rise in demand for activities focusing on Emirati culture

Posted on 25/11/2012

Expatriate and tourist demand for activities aimed at understanding the Emirati culture has increased over the last five years according to the Shaikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). Established in 1998, SMCCU is a non-profit and self-sustaining organisation that aims to remove barriers between people of different nationalities and educate them about the UAE culture, customs and religion. "We have grown — quadrupled — in terms of the number of activities and audience over ...  >>MORE

UAE Culture minister makes pitch for interfaith dialogue

Posted on 07/10/2012

Istanbul: The UAE Minister of Culture Abdul Rahman Al Owais emphasised on Friday the importance of interfaith dialogue so that the world could understand how Muslims see Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and how lovingly they speak about him. Speaking shortly after opening the UAE's Burda Award exhibition at the Dolma Pasha Museum in Istanbul, the minister of culture, youth and community development also said that the gallery of collections owned by the Award reflects an ideology and a civilised ...  >>MORE

Expatriates line up to learn Emirati dialect

Posted on 17/09/2012

There has been a significant increase in demand for local language lessons from expatriates, according to the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). "The demand to learn our programme, which we call GCC and Emirati dialect, has increased, that is very true. This could be because with our programme you can learn to speak the dialect right away and there's no need to learn the language as a structure, or the grammar,” Nasif Kayed, SMCCU's general manager, told Gulf News. The ...  >>MORE

Fillip for Emirati product designers

Posted on 13/08/2012

The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, has collaborated with Tashkeel, an independent resource for artists and designers in the UAE, and the Creative Dialogue Association (CDA), a private independent and not-for-profit organisation, based in Barcelona, to host five Emirati product designers in the 2012-2013 edition of Design Road Professional. The first-of-its-kind initiative to be launched in the GCC, the ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed opens ZHIC's branch office in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/07/2012

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has hailed the goals of Zayed House for Islamic Culture (ZHIC), the Islamic Cultural Organisation, in spreading the message and teachings of Islam and social education. This came yesterday evening during his official opening of ZHIC branch in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Dr. Mohammed Matar Salem Al Kaabi, ZHIC's Chairman, Dr. Nidal Al Tunaiji, ZHIC's Director General, Ahmed Shabib Al Dhahiri, Director-General of the Zayed Bin Sultan Al ...  >>MORE

Law on UAE dress code; UAE culture minister to be quizzed on dress code

Posted on 11/06/2012

The Federal National Council is to demand at Tuesday's session that a law be issued on a UAE dress code so that local culture and sensibilities be respected by force of the law. Hamad Ahmad Al Rahoumi, a member from Dubai, will be quizzing Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, on the issue. Al Rahoumi told Gulf News there has to be a law and it has to be respected. "There has to be respect for the people in the UAE. Residents and tourists ...  >>MORE

A slice of Japan for the people of UAE

Posted on 03/06/2012

Curious students watched on intently as Masanori Nagamine demonstrated the intricacies of Japanese calligraphy. In another room, Junko Kuramochi showed eager students how to make ‘bento' lunch boxes for their families. The three-day Japanese Summer Camp that took place in Sharjah University, and which concluded on Saturday, provided Emiratis and expats the chance to learn different aspects of Japanese culture. The classes ranged from karate to flower arranging and were taught by Japanese ...  >>MORE

Saadiyat Island to get Italian arts centre

Posted on 03/06/2012

An Italian cultural centre and school are being planned for the capital. We will provide teachers from Italy," said Gianfranco Conte, the president of the finance committee in the Italian chamber of deputies. It is not known when the school will open. The cultural centre, Palazzo Italia, is likely to be beside the Louvre and Guggenheim museums on Saadiyat Island. "The Palazzo Italia will be a cultural centre that will host museum exhibits, art shows, fashion shows and everything Italian," ...  >>MORE

Emirati Poet awarded two international certificates

Posted on 29/05/2012

Khalid Al Dhanhani, Emirati poet and media personality has obtained academic accreditation in the training field from " American Leadership Academy" and " Midex" during the workshops organised recently by the "Gulf Star Training and Development Centre " at Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi. The two certificates have been awarded to Al Dhanhani as an international professional trainer in many fields. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

New cultural centre offers a taste of Emirati lifestyle

Posted on 19/04/2012

A second cultural centre, part of the Heritage Week celebrations, was inaugurated by Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture, yesterday. Housed within the Al Kuwait Primary School premises, the centre is part of the three planned heritage hubs in public schools by Dubai Culture, and are aimed to give young people a spirit of national identity through understanding the UAE's heritage. The first centre was opened in December at Al Hudaiba Primary School ...  >>MORE

Third branch of National Library opens in Capital

Posted on 08/03/2012

The third branch of National Library of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture was inaugurated in the Capital last week. As the name suggests it, the ‘UAE and Arabian Gulf Library' carries material related to this
 region. According to library staff, there are over 10,000 titles in Arabic, English and other major languages about all kinds of Emirati and Gulf literature — from poetry to academic research. Audio books and video projection screens are available too. All in all, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: A celebration of art and culture

Posted on 07/03/2012

A breathtaking display of readings, dance, music and poetry marked the opening of the fourth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2012 at the Al Mamzar Theatre, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, on Tuesday. More than 120 authors are participating in the five days of celebration of literature which includes an array of literary activities including author interactions, workshops for adults and children and cultural events. Talking about the festival's theme of ...  >>MORE

ADACH intensifies efforts to register elements of UAE heritage at UNESCO

Posted on 07/08/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has intensified its efforts to register a number of pillars of unique national heritage in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage at UNESCO. This move is part of ADACH strategy to preserve tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, following its international success with regard to the registration of falconry in November 2010 and Al Ain in June 2011. The elements for ...  >>MORE

Long drive for Dibba Al Fujairah women to keep culture alive

Posted on 28/07/2011

They drive around 150 kilometres everyday to keep the UAE heritage alive, to tell visitors of the wonders of this land. This is the story of a group of Emirati women in their 50s, who leave their families behind in Fujairah to come to Modhesh Fun City and Mall of the Emirates (MoE) to weave handicrafts and sell them and cook authentic Emirati food as part of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS). They do it to show the world the beauty and culture found in the UAE. Around six women from the Women's ...  >>MORE

Finnish official hails cultural renaissance in the UAE

Posted on 16/05/2011

Jarno Peltonen, Board Chairman of Museums Authority in Finland discussed in Abu Dhabi yesterday with the officials of National Medical Council, media cooperation between the UAE and Finland. During the meeting Peltonen described the art, cultural and social renaissance in the UAE as unprecedented, indicating that the UAE has become a model in the Arab region in which the cultural institutions have so far prospered in an amazing way. The Finnish official toured Emirates News Agency (WAM), ...  >>MORE

ADACH to celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites

Posted on 18/04/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites, tomorrow and public invited to join a trail through the Hili Oasis, Al Ain. In 1983, UNESCO designated April 18th at the request of ICOMOS (the International Council for Monuments and Sites) as the ‘International Day for Monuments and Sites'. This special day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the diversity of the world's heritage and the efforts required to protect ...  >>MORE

Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development calls on young authors to produce more creative works

Posted on 30/12/2010

Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, announced that regular meetings would be held to bring together young creators with critics and media people with UAE and Arab literary expertise. These meetings will become a salon culture taking place constantly as part of the ministry's activities to connect young creative writers with well known writers and literary figures. The idea developed during the Minister's meeting with young authors that ...  >>MORE

Dhafra Festival sells Western Region as attractive tourist destination: Hamdan

Posted on 26/12/2010

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, attended the concluding day of the fourth season of Al Dhafra Festival which was organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in the Western Region from December 16 - 25. The event aims to put the Region on the world tourism ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed tours Al Dhafra Festival

Posted on 23/12/2010

Al Gharbia - Ruler's Representative in the Western Region HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited yesterday the Al-Dhafra Festival organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage under the patronage of General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. While touring various sections at the festival site, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the popular market and shops that offer the traditional types of ...  >>MORE

Al Dhafrah to organise maiden heritage race

Posted on 23/12/2010

A heritage camel race will be held on Friday at Madinat Zayed, as part of the fourth season of Al Dhafrah Festival which kicked off last Thursday and ends on Saturday. The festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Only citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries aged between 18 and 70 can ...  >>MORE

Prince of Poets: Fourth season launched

Posted on 22/12/2010

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) rolled out the 4th season of the biggest competition of classical Arabic poetry in the Arab world - "Prince of Poets". The announcement of the launching of the new season of the poetry competition which has captivated the entire Arab world came at a press conference that was addressed by Director of Communications at ADACH Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director of the Poetry Academy and Member of the Higher Committee Sultan Al-Amimi and Director of ...  >>MORE

Two cyclists from New Zealand visit Al Dhafra Festival

Posted on 20/12/2010

Two New Zealander cyclists made it to Al Dhafra Festival in Al Gharbia (the Western Region) after one and a half year journey to celebrate the strong bond between man and camel. Al Dhafra Festival, the most inspiring show of local tradition and heritage, is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Mohammed ...  >>MORE

Al Dhafra show lends fun touch to cultural insights

Posted on 19/12/2010

It's only been days since the opening of Al Dhafrah Festival but interest levels are already high with visitors exploring various sections as they seek to learn more about the UAE's culture and heritage besides those of other countries from around the Gulf. One such section is the traditional souk with over 180 stalls made of mud, wood and palm fronds spread out over 12,000 square metres. A big trove of traditional artefacts is on display. Emirati weavers provide a glimpse of how they go ...  >>MORE

Fujairah in double Guinness World Record bid

Posted on 22/11/2010

A young Fujairah swordsman will set a Guinness World Record on Friday for the world's highest sword throw. It will be the first time the height of a sword thrown into the air and caught by its handle will have been measured for an entry into the record books. The invitation to the Guinness World Records was extended by the committee of the Al Saif Traditional Sword Competition, which is in its first year. "Adding a Guinness Record will add value for the heritage itself and that is one of ...  >>MORE

Camel beauty pageant in December

Posted on 21/11/2010

Hundreds of camels from the UAE and other Gulf nations will line up next month to show their good looks in the latest beauty contest involving the massive desert animal to be held by the country, local newspapers reported on Saturday. The Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Society will organise the December 16-25 pageantry in the Western region, the reports said. Authorities have started to conduct tests on all participating camels from the UAE and those coming from nearby Gulf states to ensure ...  >>MORE

ADACH announces the launch of the fourth session of the Dhafra Festival in December

Posted on 01/11/2010

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will launch the fourth session of the Mazayina Dhafra Camel Festival on 16th - 25th of December 2010. The Festival will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and will take place in Zayed City in Al Gharbia (the Western Region). Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Organising Committee and Director General of ...  >>MORE

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Week-long activities to mark Dubai Public Library's 50th anniversary


ADMAF signs letter of cooperation with SOAS University of London


Nahyan to present his vision on development of Ministry of Culture, Youth, Community Development


Dubai cultural festival to illuminate heritage


Globalisation: a new threat to the Arabic Language: Nahyan


‘With 1,000 mosques, Sharjah qualifies to be capital of Islamic culture in 2014’


Making UAE culture for the world with stuff you'd class as junk


Sultan hails Sharjah’s cultural movement


Dubai Culture marks fifth year with extensive repertoire


Mohammed bin Rashid affirms UAE's dedication to bridging cultures


Abu Dhabi wins Rome’s cultural award


New guide to boost Emirati-expat ties


UNESCO and Abu Dhabi explore closer ties


Al Dhafra Festival to begin on Dec 15


Al Dhafra Festival: A story of success and progress


Rise in demand for activities focusing on Emirati culture


UAE Culture minister makes pitch for interfaith dialogue


Expatriates line up to learn Emirati dialect


Fillip for Emirati product designers


Abdullah bin Zayed opens ZHIC's branch office in Abu Dhabi


Law on UAE dress code; UAE culture minister to be quizzed on dress code


A slice of Japan for the people of UAE


Saadiyat Island to get Italian arts centre


Emirati Poet awarded two international certificates


New cultural centre offers a taste of Emirati lifestyle


Third branch of National Library opens in Capital


Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: A celebration of art and culture


ADACH intensifies efforts to register elements of UAE heritage at UNESCO


Long drive for Dibba Al Fujairah women to keep culture alive


Finnish official hails cultural renaissance in the UAE


ADACH to celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites


Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development calls on young authors to produce more creative works


Dhafra Festival sells Western Region as attractive tourist destination: Hamdan


Hamdan bin Zayed tours Al Dhafra Festival


Al Dhafrah to organise maiden heritage race


Prince of Poets: Fourth season launched


Two cyclists from New Zealand visit Al Dhafra Festival


Al Dhafra show lends fun touch to cultural insights


Fujairah in double Guinness World Record bid


Camel beauty pageant in December


ADACH announces the launch of the fourth session of the Dhafra Festival in December