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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - CULTURE

Abu Dhabi's QALAM releases new titles

Posted on 10/03/2009

Abu Dhabi's QALAM announced that it will issue a new series of UAE literary works, as part of its initiative to promote Emirates literature. QALAM is a publishing project that aims to help novice Emirati authors, recently launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The project had published a number of distinct titles in the fields of history, literature, biography, and academic research among other subjects in 2008. It will be releasing its new titles during the ...  >>MORE

Tajik FM visits Jumaa Al Majid Cultural Centre in Dubai

Posted on 09/03/2009

Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi, visited yesterday Jumaa Al Majid Cultural and Heritage Centre in Dubai, where he met HE Jumaa Al Majid, Chairman of the centre and Chairman of the Dubai Economic Council. The Tajik official, who toured the centre with Al Majid, was briefed about the state-of-art face-lifting devices at the centre. Zarifi and Al Majid discussed the cultural issues and knowledge exchange between the UAE and Tajikistan, as well as ways of implementing the agreement signed ...  >>MORE

Cultures converge at Generations for Peace Camp

Posted on 07/03/2009

As Generations for Peace entered the second week of its first camp of 2009, delegates took part in a memorable religious and cultural experience during an inspiring trip to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, where the camp is being held under the patronage of UAE Deputy Prime Minister HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Launched in 2007 by HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein, of Jordan, Generations for Peace is a global initiative inspiring leaders of youth to use sport as a tool to engage the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid opens Dubai International Poetry Festival

Posted on 05/03/2009

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday inaugurated the first Dubai International Poetry Festival, highlighting the genre of poetry as an integral element in the UAE's cultural fabric and as the language of intercultural connectedness and dialogue between nations. An initiative of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the festival's opening ceremony was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It was ...  >>MORE

UAE Photography Society receives Sultan's support

Posted on 05/03/2009

Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, has provided financial support to the UAE Photography Society. The support, in a form of a grant to cater for the organisation's full budget for the 2009 fiscal year, is coming for the third consecutive year from the Ruler. It includes the expenditure for the running of the organisation's headquarters and those covering its activities throughout the year. Reacting to the Ruler's kind gesture, UAE ...  >>MORE

ADACH to initiate educational programme with ZU and UAEU

Posted on 04/03/2009

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) announced yesterday the implementation of an educational drama programme with the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and Zayed University (ZU Abu Dhabi campus), to run in parallel with the performances of "Richard III: An Arab Tragedy" in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain later this month. The educational initiative involves the teaching of Shakespeare's celebrated drama in the university curriculum as well as organising drama workshops and ...  >>MORE

KALIMA translates five Turkish books into Arabic

Posted on 03/03/2009

KALIMA, a giant translation initiative launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), has released five literary works translated from Turkish into Arabic. The books, part of a series to promote culture of other nations, will be put on display at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair on March 17. Commenting on KALIMA's gesture, Turkish Ambassador HE Hakki Akil expressed his appreciation of and gratitude for the great support and valuable contributions of H.H. Gen. ...  >>MORE

A voice for the refugees

Posted on 02/03/2009

A documentary film about the experiences of displaced Palestinians was screened in the capital last night. Chronicles of a Refugee, a six-part series which was edited and produced in Dubai, features interviews with 250 refugees from 18 countries. Adam Shapiro, one of three filmmakers who collaborated on the production, said he hoped the documentary would provoke discussion and lead to the voices of young Palestinians being heard across the globe. He said: "The idea behind the film is to use ...  >>MORE

ADACH hosts Arab adaptation of Shakespeare's drama

Posted on 26/02/2009

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will host three performances in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain of the celebrated play 'Richard III: an Arab Tragedy' - an adaptation of Shakespeare's drama by the Kuwaiti Suleiman Al-Bassam Theatre. The event marks a new cultural initiative by ADACH in presenting a unique experience for theatre enthusiasts. The first show, to be staged on the 20th March, will be held at Al Ain's Al-Jahili Fort, one of the most ancient and important forts in the ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 to revive the ancient tradition of 'Souk Ukadh'

Posted on 25/02/2009

As Dubai is waiting to bring the ancient literary tradition of 'Souk Ukadh' lost in time back to life again, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has consented to lead a scintillating evening of poetry recitation on 7 March as part of the activities of the Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation which is ...  >>MORE

Centre to nurture new Emirati poetry

Posted on 20/02/2009

About 20 poets gathered here this week to celebrate the opening of a centre dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Nabati poetry, a fundamental element of Emirati culture passed down by memory and delivered in colloquial dialect. "We tell Emirati youth that poetry is heritage, and Nabati poetry in particular is essential heritage,” said Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, Ruler of Sharjah, who held a traditional majlis at the centre. "The Nabati poets of the past could not read or write, ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens Sharjah Nabati Poetry House

Posted on 19/02/2009

H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, expressed yesterday his hope that the new Sharjah Nabati Poetry Centre would provide an ideal platform for all UAE poets. Sheikh Sultan, who opened the centre today, met a group of UAE, Gulf and Arab poets and exchanged with them views on a host of poetic. Sheikh Sultan told the attendees that 'He is interested in poetry and watching Nabati poetry on TV and radio programmes regularly. He said the ...  >>MORE

Literature festival to host best-selling writers

Posted on 16/02/2009

Children will be introduced to best-selling authors like Wilbur Smith, Margaret Atwood, Anthony Harowitz, and BBC journalist Kate Adie in Dubai soon. The first Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature (Eaifl) will run from February 26 to March 1 at Dubai Festival City, which features more than 50 events comprising 66 International and Arab authors from 22 countries. Famous authors are expected to visit a number of schools and colleges in Dubai, and will participate in readings, ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Poetry Festival to host tribute for late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish

Posted on 15/02/2009

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation yesterday announced the Dubai International Poetry Festival will hold a tribute evening to posthumously honour one of the Arab world's greatest poets, the late Mahmoud Darwish, whose work gave voice to the Palestinian experience of exile, occupation and struggle. The event will include poetry readings of Darwish's works, as well as those dedicated to his celebrated life. The evening will bring together a number of people close to the late poet, ...  >>MORE

Concert on Tolkien's epic trilogy thrills Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/02/2009

The Emirates Palace Auditorium, for just a few enthralling hours, became J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. The audience re-lived the epic adventures of Frodo, Sam, Gandalf and their friends as the breathtaking score from the Oscar-winning film trilogy soared, swooped, and swept them along on a magnificent musical journey that few will easily forget. The triumphs, heartaches, sacrifices, love and ultimate peace were all vividly re-constructed for a widely diverse audience. Young and old, ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens Sharjah Gallery at AUC

Posted on 10/02/2009

H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated yesterday the Sharjah Gallery at the new campus of the American University in Cairo (AUC). The UAE leader also opened a parallel exhibition 'A View of East' which will run until March 21 and showcase an elite collection of Sheikh Sultan's valuable masterpieces depicting life in Egypt's markets and coffee shops and themes about mosques and other daily norms. More than 30 works of the 7th and ...  >>MORE

Al Owais opens Iraqi cultural week

Posted on 10/02/2009

H.E. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development opened Sunday night the Iraqi cultural week in the presence of Iraqi Minister of Culture Dr. Mahar Dilli Al-Hadithi. 'The organisation of this week is part of the Ministry's strategy to promote pan-Arab cultural interaction and integration and foster cultural, artistic and intellectual exchange as well as creative talents in both countries,' Al Owais said. He hoped Iraqi would overcome its current ...  >>MORE

New archive to protect ‘memory of the nation’

Posted on 10/02/2009

More than 400 government and cultural representatives, librarians and archivists gathered at a workshop yesterday dedicated to ensuring that the "memory of the nation” would be officially protected through a permanent national archive. The plan to establish an integrated and comprehensive national archive in 15 years is being led by the National Centre for Documentation and Research, which will co-ordinate between the different ministries and governmental offices. "There is no developed ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host a show of Palestinian culture

Posted on 09/02/2009

Palestinian culture will be showcased in Abu Dhabi and Emirati heritage will be on display in Jerusalem as part of the 2009 Arab Capital of Culture celebrations. The year-long series of events in Jerusalem, the chosen capital for this year's event, are expected to start at the end of March. Corresponding events are planned across the Arab world including in the UAE. "A week of Palestinian culture will take place in Abu Dhabi and we will also be making a week of Emirati culture in Jerusalem,” ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's KALIMA puts focus on children's literature

Posted on 09/02/2009

Works of world famous writers for children like Peter Pauwels-Stockli, Yvonne Goldner-Beivi, Florence Develey, Patril Etschmayer, and Doris Dorrie - to name but a few- will appear for the first time in Arabic language, thanks to KALIMA. KALIMA, a major translation initiative launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), announced yesterday that it will publish a series of creative translated international works dedicated to children. The translations, of works ...  >>MORE

Egyptian novelist Al Ghitani wins Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature

Posted on 08/02/2009

Egyptian novelist Gamal Al Ghitani won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for best Work in Literature announced yesterday the Secretariat General of the Award in a press release. Al Ghitani's winning novel "Ran" is a work that ventures into Egypt's ancient history in an effort to revive the myths and stories through the use of sophist parables. The novel is the 6th volume of Dafater Al- Tadween (Arabic for books) and encompasses the spiritual journey of the writer paralleled with an actual travel ...  >>MORE

UAE gears up for celebrating Jerusalem as the 2009 Arab Cultural Capital

Posted on 05/02/2009

Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development HE Abdul Rahman Al Owais received yesterday the Palestinian Ambassador to UAE Dr Khairi Al Oraidi and Cultural Attache at the embassy Maisa Harb. At a meeting attended by the Executive Director of the Ministry Bilal Al Budoor, they discussed aspects of coordination between the two sides for celebrating Jerusalem as the 2009 Arab Cultural Capital. Owais asserted UAE's commitment for celebrating Jerusalem as the Arab Cultural capital this ...  >>MORE

Curtain to rise on Bard’s Arab Tragedy

Posted on 02/02/2009

The capital's winter will be made glorious summer by the UAE debut of the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) first Arabic production. In 2007, the Kuwaiti author and director Sulayman al Bassam was commissioned by the RSC to rewrite the Bard for a Gulf setting. The result was Richard III: An Arab Tragedy. Performed in Arabic with English subtitles by a cast from across the Arab world, the production will be accompanied by the chants of pearl divers, African melodies and music from the desert. ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Poetry Festival in March

Posted on 26/01/2009

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation yesterday announced more than 100 poets from 45 countries are expected to participate in the first edition of the Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 which will be held from 4-10 March at Madinat Jumeirah and House of Poetry in Shindagha, Dubai. The Festival's Organising Committee have confirmed that Nigerian playwright and poet Wole Soyinka, Winner of 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, will address the opening session of the festival themed 'A ...  >>MORE

Birth of the nation to be celebrated with poetry

Posted on 15/01/2009

A poetry anthology to celebrate the birth of the UAE has been published. The book, entitled The Emirates in Our Songs, is a collection of poems from 63 new and established and Emirati authors, including several women. All the poems, which are in Arabic, commemorate National Day, which is on Dec 2 every year. "When we started soliciting material that celebrates national identity, we found there was no shortage of poets. We have lots of poetry in this culture,” said Basma Younis, head of the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Bin Zayed attends pan-Arab poetry contest

Posted on 27/12/2008

H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces attended here Thursday evening the third episode of the 'Poet of a million' poetry contest organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage(ADACH) at Al Raha Beach Theatre. The contest, which brought together poets from all around the Arab world, was attended by host of senior officials, ambassadors, diplomats, members of the press and a huge audience ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi launches poetry encyclopaedia website

Posted on 18/12/2008

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has announced that it will soon launch a website that serves as the latest issue of the poetry encyclopaedia, to coincide with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, held on March 2009. The fourth edition of the encyclopaedia, whose publishing rights are owned by ADACH, will include: 2,693 poetry collections (which mount to 2,890,301 verses or 138,641 poems). In addition, it will have 1,081 books on scientific, literary and historical ...  >>MORE

A voice for women and the Bedouin way of life

Posted on 18/12/2008

Haneen Ajarneh has everything to play for. She is one of only three women out of 48 finalists in this year's Millions Poet television show. "I was so happy to have been admitted to the finals and to have reached the Arab public across the Arab world,” says Ms Ajarneh, a psychologist from Naour, one of many Bedouin villages in Jordan's desert valleys. "It takes poetic aptitude and ability to appear convincing. It takes audacity and determination, especially as a woman.” As one of the few ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's KALIMA participates at UN conference on languages

Posted on 16/12/2008

An official at the United Nations and UNESCO announced the participation of KALIMA, a translation project launched by Abu the Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), at an international conference held this week at the UN headquarters in New York entitled: "Linguistic Diversity, Globalization and Development". The conference, which coincides with the closing of the 'International Year of Languages 2008', is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and UNESCO. ...  >>MORE

UAE laws promote cultural amity

Posted on 08/12/2008

The UAE's laid out regulations, laws, local and federal administrative systems have promoted peaceful coexistence among all the nationalities in the country, a senior police official said. Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police's Deputy Commandant General, was giving a speech during a discussion session titled "the pillars of preventative security in multicultural societies". The forum was held last Thursday on the sidelines of a training programme on preventative security. ...  >>MORE

Arab-German cultural dialogue forum opens in Dubai today

Posted on 26/11/2008

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation yesterday announced the Arab German Cultural Dialogue Forum (AGCDF) will open in Dubai today, bringing together a panel of over 200 renowned intellects and literary personalities from Germany and across the Arab World to explore new avenues for reviving cultural exchange and broadening the understanding of contemporary social trends. During the first of its kind event, discussions will address key topics ranging from the role of the intellect on ...  >>MORE

2008 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture awarded to Egypt's Asfour, Portugal's Alves

Posted on 19/11/2008

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura and representative of H.H Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah Abdullah Al Owais awarded the 2008 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to Egyptian Professor Gaber Asfour and Portuguese author Adalberto Alves in a ceremony in the Organization's Headquarters in Paris. Present at the ceremony were UAE Ambassador to France Abdullah Al Ameri as well as members of the diplomatic corps in Paris. Dr Gaber ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Book Award participates in Syria's celebrations

Posted on 16/11/2008

The Sheikh Zayed book Award is participating in the UAE cultural week in Syria during from Nov. 13 -19, as part of a series of events in Damascus for recognizing it as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 2008. "The Award's presence in Damascus festivities translates our mission in supporting outstanding achievements and efforts to advance the Arabic Culture," said Rashid Al Oraimi, Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award Committee." Over the past months, the Award has attracted ...  >>MORE

UAE to head UNESCO body

Posted on 14/11/2008

United Arab Emirates has been elected to head the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. At its third session held in Turkey between 4th and 8th November, UAE was represented by an official delegation headed by Dr. Nasser Ali Al Humairi, Director of moral heritage at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage is the executive body in charge ...  >>MORE

Ministry to organise UAE Culture Week

Posted on 09/11/2008

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, will hold a UAE Culture Week in Syria from November 13 to 19. The event is part of the activities marking the choosing of Damascus as the Arab Capital of Culture for the year 2008. A delegation from the ministry, led by Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al-Owais, other UAE officials, and a number of UAE cultural organisations will attend the event, Bilal Al-Badour, Executive Director for ...  >>MORE

A voice of hope in the shadow of loss

Posted on 09/11/2008

A series of concerts dedicated to the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, featuring his friend and collaborator Marcel Khalife, drew large crowds over the weekend, with the money raised pledged to Palestinian children's charities. The Lebanese singer and musician performed in the capital on Thursday and Friday and last night in Dubai in a sold-out show. Khalife, who frequently collaborated with Darwish, setting the poet's words to music, performed in A Salute to Mahmoud Darwish with his ...  >>MORE

A salute in song to the master poet

Posted on 02/11/2008

If Mahmoud Darwish gave voice to the Palestinian struggle, Marcel Khalife has provided the soundtrack. That is how Hoda Kanoo, the founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, has described the significance of the Palestinian poet, who died in August, and the celebrated musician, who will perform in the capital this month. Mrs Kanoo is among the organisers of A Salute to Mahmoud Darwish, with Khalife, the Lebanese singer and musician who frequently set Darwish's words to music. ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens book fair

Posted on 30/10/2008

Sharjah World Book Fair 2008 was inaugurated yesterday by H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The 27th edition of the 10-day cultural and edutainment event is organized by Department of Culture and Information of Sharjah Government at the Sharjah Expo Centre. 491 Arab publishers and 272 foreign publishers from around 23 countries will exhibit more than 100000 titles out of which 28698 are in Arabic. The number of new editions to be put on ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler to open World Book Fair 2008 today

Posted on 29/10/2008

Sharjah World Book Fair 2008 will be inaugurated today by H.H Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The 27th edition of the 10-day event is organized by Department of Culture '&' Information of Sharjah Government at the Sharjah Expo Centre will exhibit more than 100000 titles out of which 28698 are in Arabic. The number of new editions to be put on display amounts to 57927. The opening ceremony will be attended by high profile audience ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Foundation to host Arab-German literary forum in November

Posted on 27/10/2008

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation yesterday announced it will host the first Arab-German Literary Forum in Dubai, exploring innovative avenues for enhancing Arab-Western cultural dialogue through reinforcing UAE-German literary ties. The Foundation's initiative follows the first state visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to Germany early this year that called for closer UAE-German cultural ties ...  >>MORE

"Land Change: Art and Environment" exhibition and panel discussion

Posted on 19/10/2008

The German-Emirati exhibition "Land Change: Art and Environment" organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority of Culture and Heritage and the Goethe-Institute Gulf Region will be officially inaugurated at the Culture Foundation on 21 October 2008. The exhibition showcases pictures of the German photographer Petra Patrick and works of art of the three Emirati artists Muna Al Ali, Mohammed Kazem and Abdullah al Saadi, as well as the Dubai based British artist Valerie around the topic of art and ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi's QALAM releases new titles


Tajik FM visits Jumaa Al Majid Cultural Centre in Dubai


Cultures converge at Generations for Peace Camp


Mohammed bin Rashid opens Dubai International Poetry Festival


UAE Photography Society receives Sultan's support


ADACH to initiate educational programme with ZU and UAEU


KALIMA translates five Turkish books into Arabic


A voice for the refugees


ADACH hosts Arab adaptation of Shakespeare's drama


Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 to revive the ancient tradition of 'Souk Ukadh'


Centre to nurture new Emirati poetry


Sultan opens Sharjah Nabati Poetry House


Literature festival to host best-selling writers


Dubai International Poetry Festival to host tribute for late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish


Concert on Tolkien's epic trilogy thrills Abu Dhabi


Sultan opens Sharjah Gallery at AUC


Al Owais opens Iraqi cultural week


New archive to protect ‘memory of the nation’


Abu Dhabi to host a show of Palestinian culture


Abu Dhabi's KALIMA puts focus on children's literature


Egyptian novelist Al Ghitani wins Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature


UAE gears up for celebrating Jerusalem as the 2009 Arab Cultural Capital


Curtain to rise on Bard’s Arab Tragedy


Dubai International Poetry Festival in March


Birth of the nation to be celebrated with poetry


Mohammed Bin Zayed attends pan-Arab poetry contest


Abu Dhabi launches poetry encyclopaedia website


A voice for women and the Bedouin way of life


Abu Dhabi's KALIMA participates at UN conference on languages


UAE laws promote cultural amity


Arab-German cultural dialogue forum opens in Dubai today


2008 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture awarded to Egypt's Asfour, Portugal's Alves


Sheikh Zayed Book Award participates in Syria's celebrations


UAE to head UNESCO body


Ministry to organise UAE Culture Week


A voice of hope in the shadow of loss


A salute in song to the master poet


Sultan opens book fair


Sharjah Ruler to open World Book Fair 2008 today


Mohammed Foundation to host Arab-German literary forum in November


"Land Change: Art and Environment" exhibition and panel discussion