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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - CULTURE

"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

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho lauds efforts of Sheikh Mohammed Foundation

Posted on 19/10/2008

Brazilian Novelist Paulo Coelho, said the Arab culture and its various components, which developed throughout the centuries, had clear effect on the world. He commended during his visit to the pavilion of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, the role of the foundation in boosting the Arab culture, knowledge in the Arab world and culture dialogue. "Your literature, music and whatever passed by the Arabs to the world over the last ...  >>MORE

Foundation to honour German and Arab writers

Posted on 13/10/2008

The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation has announced it will honour renowned German and Arab writers at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2008, by hosting book review sessions and releasing Arabic editions of translated books. The Foundation's delegation will be participating at the 60th edition of the book fair from October 15-19, and will be led by Yasser Hareb, acting CEO of the Foundation. "The Foundation is not only keen to feature the wealth of Arab culture to an international audience, ...  >>MORE

Culture Ministry publishes "Looking At The World From Its Two Ends" book

Posted on 13/10/2008

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, has published a book titled "Looking At The World From Its Two Ends" authored by Emirati Writer, Dhabiyya Khamis. The publishing of the 200-pages book, a combination of poetry, articles and studies, is part of the ministry's efforts aimed at developing the society by proving it with the various means of education and enriching intellectual and cultural life in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Academics: UNESCO approves UAE award in Paris

Posted on 11/10/2008

Paris -The Executive Council of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved unanimously the establishment of the international branch of the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Outstanding Academic Performance on Friday at the UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. ...  >>MORE

Darwish takes Palestinian Cause to world scene : Owais

Posted on 07/10/2008

UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development H.E. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais said Monday the late prominent Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish had added a deep dimension to the Palestinian Cause, taking it to the international scene through his strong-worded poetical works as a humanitarian, national question for liberation of people, homeland and holy shrines. 'He did not leave a pain without portraying it in his poetry, he did not forget a camp without erecting a tent in his ...  >>MORE

Ministry issues book on origin of names of UAE's historic places

Posted on 06/10/2008

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development has issued a new book shedding light on the origin of the names of some historic places in the UAE. Titled "The Origin of Names of UAE's Historic Places", the book, authored by Ahmed Mohammed Obaid, a UAE national research fellow, is part of a series of heritage books being issued by the ministry with the aim of educating the general public and to boost the habit of reading in the UAE society. Chapter 1 of the three-chapter book, deals ...  >>MORE

UAE bags gold medal in world stamp exhibition in Prague

Posted on 18/09/2008

The Emirates Philatelic Association (EPA) has participated in the World Philatelic Exhibition held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 12 -14 September 2008. EPA participants in the show won a number of laurels for their entries at the exhibition. Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, won a Gold Medal for his collection "Postal History of Muscat 1868-1948". Mohammed Aktar Sayeed's "Cape of Good Hope" and Mr. Khalid Abdul Mughni's "Kuwait Postal History - ...  >>MORE

MEIFF announces its agenda for 2008 edition

Posted on 18/09/2008

The organizers of the second Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), to be held from October 10-19, announced the special presentations line-up at a press conference held at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Unveiling the special presentation screenings were Vice Chairman of MEIFF and Director General of ADACH, Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Project Coordinator Eissa Al Mazrouei, Executive Director Nashwa Al Ruwaini and Abdalla Bastaki, Director of the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Plans open for ArtParis Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/09/2008

ArtParis Abu Dhabi is returning in November with a promise to reassert Abu Dhabi's position as meeting point for contemporary art in the region. The successful ArtParis Abu Dhabi 2007 inspired this year's exhibition with an emphasis on promoting Arab artists, young talent and contemporary art. The art fair is promising to attract 15,000 people from across the world. Last year, 10,000 people attended the event. "It is our goal to make this event bigger and better than last year, even though ...  >>MORE

A historical journey to Holy Lands through photo masterpieces

Posted on 15/09/2008

Experience a virtual journey to the holy lands through ancient photographs. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is organising an exhibition of some of the earliest photographic marvels of pilgrimage centres in the East from Monday to November 4. The exhibition, being held in association with Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums of Germany at Lobby Building 5 of the Dubai International Financial Centre, aims to raise international awareness about the region. "The exhibition takes us back to the encounter ...  >>MORE

Kalima issues eight new titles

Posted on 08/09/2008

Kalima, a major translation initiative launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, announced it will release eight new titles. The initiative funds the translation, printing and distribution of the finest foreign literature into Arabic. Every year, Kalima selects 100 renowned titles of classic, contemporary and modern writing from around the world and translates them into Arabic. The eight new titles are: * Astrid Lindgren "Rasmus and the Vagabond" * A. H. Armstrong "An ...  >>MORE

Three books of Doris Lessing to be Translated in Arabic

Posted on 07/09/2008

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation has acquired exclusive rights for translating three books of Doris Lessing, acclaimed British novelist and winner of the 2007 Noble Prize for Literature, following its successful translation of ‘Memoirs of a Survivor'. "The Foundation is privileged to have acquired exclusive rights for translating bestsellers in literature, which constitutes 25 per cent of the overall target of the Tarjem translation initiative, the rest being allocated to books in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's National Library to publish new distinct titles

Posted on 04/09/2008

The National Library, at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), announced that it will publish a number of distinct titles on the fields of history, literature, biography, and academic research, among other subjects; said Director of The National Library HE Jumaa Al Qubaisi. The titles include a book on the history of Al Andalus by a Spanish writer; a biography of Tchaikovsky by a Russian author; a book on the Arabian Desert by an Orientalist; a book on Arab Gulf sail ships; ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Culture opens music training centre

Posted on 11/08/2008

Executive Director of Cultural and fine arts affairs at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development Bilal al-Budoor opened here on Sunday the centre for musical studies and the piano school. The opening of the institute under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development HE Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais was attended by ambassador of a number of European countries, media persons and music enthusiasts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

ADACH launches volunteers' group to promote UAE’s culture and heritage

Posted on 07/08/2008

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has launched a volunteers' group to help protect the cultural heritage of the emirate. Director General of ADACH Mohammed Khalaf Al-Mazroui said that the Volunteers' group named 'al-Faza' will also carry out services for creating public awareness for the preservation of the cultural heritage, and will liaise with social organisations to achieve this goal. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

'House of Poetry' comes into being

Posted on 09/07/2008

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has directed the establishment of the "House of Poetry", a centre for researching and documenting Arabic poetry and strengthening its presence and profile within the Arab world and beyond. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation has been mandated to set up the initiative that will promote classical and contemporary Arabic poetry. It will also facilitate the interaction ...  >>MORE

UAE Cultural centre opened in Seoul

Posted on 07/07/2008

In a bid to showcase the UAE culture, heritage and modern development, the UAE Embassy in Seoul has opened a cultural centre. "Today, renovation works in the UAE Embassy have been completed. Designed to feature the UAE's architectural heritage, the new embassy premises will also house a UAE cultural centre", said UAE Ambassador to S. Korea Abdullah Mohammed Abdul Wahid Al Mueina. The new centre which will be located in one of the floors will serve to highlight the historical role played for ...  >>MORE

Creation of Nabati poetry academy prompted by success of TV shows

Posted on 06/07/2008

The success of the television programmes Prince of Poets and Millions Poet has inspired the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation to establish the UAE's first Nabati poetry academy to embrace the revival of the historic art. Budding poets are already enrolling in the academy, which will open for its first classes in August. Students from countries such as Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have also shown interest. The courses will target adults and will be held during evenings and weekends. Founded by ...  >>MORE

Cultural District set to lead in green initiative

Posted on 23/06/2008

The Cultural District of Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island is set to become a world leader among the most environment-friendly and sustainable communities with a twin global and compulsory local green building ratings and certifications. Saadiyat will be next to the Dh55 billion zero-carbons and zero-car Masdar City in terms of the best green community, with the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) initiative to pursue Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Turathna initiative attracts wide Emirati interest

Posted on 08/06/2008

A project that seeks to preserve and revive Emirati handicrafts has attracted wide interest among UAE women, said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The initiative, which was launched under the umbrella of ADACH, is expected to highlight the authenticity of traditional crafts and its great value in the UAE. Turathna - meaning our heritage - aims to develop Emirati cultural products and skills, in a bid to transfer the ...  >>MORE

ADACH releases five-year strategy

Posted on 01/06/2008

Harnessing its mission to safeguard, manage and enhance national heritage, while promoting and encouraging creativity in the fields of arts and culture, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has released its five-year strategy. The launching ceremony held at the Emirates Palace on Thursday evening was attended by Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Chairman of ADACH HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director General of ADACH Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazroui, a number of ...  >>MORE

Emiratis urged to register their antique handicrafts

Posted on 21/05/2008

If it's old, hand-made and 100 per cent Emirati, bring it to the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi and have it registered. This is Turathna (Arabic for "our heritage"), the latest initiative launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Part of a larger project of Emirati heritage preservation, Turathna aims at encouraging young Emiratis to carry on their parents' traditions by giving handicrafts a priceless cultural value. In this respect, anyone owning authentic ...  >>MORE

Vice President opens new headquarters of Culture and Sciences Symposium in Dubai

Posted on 18/05/2008

Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sponsored the 20th anniversary of the Culture and Sciences Symposium in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated the Dh80 million new headquarters to kick start four-day-celebration. He toured the sections of the new building amid applause of board chairman and members of the symposium. At the theatre of symposium, Sheikh Mohammed was commended for his sustained support to the cultural and literary ...  >>MORE

ADACH at Cannes Film Festival

Posted on 17/05/2008

Film industry experts turned out in large numbers at the pavilion of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) at the 61st Cannes Film Festival which started on 14th May. ADACH's participation in the festival seeks to set up dialogue and cooperation with the world's most prolific movie makers, artists and industry experts. The ADACH delegation to the Festival is headed by its Director General Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazroui, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Middle East ...  >>MORE

Arabic language is the cornerstone of national identity - Minister

Posted on 05/05/2008

methodology for teaching Arabic language. Minister of Education Dr. Hanif Hassan said that a new syllabus and a set of teaching techniques incorporating the modern applications of Arabic language will soon be introduced to the schools in the country. The new methodology will be more attractive to students and they will be trained to use the language in the modern contexts, the minister said. The minister was speaking at a special ceremony held at his office in Dubai to honour the Emirati ...  >>MORE

UAE's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, Spain's

Posted on 04/05/2008

Casa Arabe to enhance cultural cooperation The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) on Tuesday has joined hands with Casa Arabe, a Madrid-based not-for-profit establishment, to enhance culture cooperation between Spain and the Arab world, according to MBRF. Casa Arabe is an international institute active in Arab and Islamic world studies. It was created with the mission to strengthen and consolidate Spain's multifaceted relationship with Arab countries, and to promote its role as ...  >>MORE

Arab League Chief receives Abu Dhabi cultural delegation

Posted on 19/04/2008

Cairo - Arab League's Secretary General Amr Mousa received on Thursday a delegation from the organizing committee for the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Cultural, Heritage and Folklore Festival. The festival slated to be held in June in the UAE capital will bring together cultural troupes from over 60 countries. The first ever mega cultural event of its kind in Abu Dhabi is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and ...  >>MORE

Media a key component of national identity: Ibrahim Al Abed

Posted on 17/04/2008

Media plays a key role in asserting national identity and disseminating its message among the masses, says Ibrahim Al Abed, Director General of the National Media Council. In the session dedicated to discuss media role in the national identity, held as part of the ongoing national identity conference, Al Abed the UAE media has witnessed a significant transformation, taking advantage of the unique population structure and the rapid socio-economic changes. "The comprehensive development taking ...  >>MORE

Identity Conference calls for establishing national archives

Posted on 17/04/2008

A two-day conference dedicated to address key challenges and ways to enrich identity and culture in UAE concluded Wednesday with calls for establishing a national archives for intangible cultural heritage and enacting a law for conserving historic and archaeological sites. The final session tackled the national heritage. Taking the podium in the first, Dr Nasser Al Hemiari, Director of Oral and Intangible Heritage at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) highlighted the ...  >>MORE

Sport can play key role in preserving national identity: Sulayem

Posted on 17/04/2008

UAE rally legend Mohammed Ben Sulayem said Wednesday that sport can play an important role in helping to protect and preserve the national identity of Emiratis. Speaking on the second day of the National Identity Conference in Abu Dhabi, the 14 times Middle East rally champion said success in sport builds national pride, and he called for a major team effort to create more UAE champions and involve more young Emiratis in the country's sports event infrastructure. Sulayem, also President of ...  >>MORE

UAE National Identity Conference kicks off

Posted on 16/04/2008

The UAE National Identity Conference was officially launched on Tuesday by H.H Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The 2-day event is being held under the patronage of H.H Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. In a keynote speech at the opening ceremony, Sheikh Mansour said the conference is held in ...  >>MORE

Conference addresses key challenges and ways to enrich identity and culture in UAE

Posted on 16/04/2008

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, yesterday officially opened the two-day UAE National Identity Conference at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The conference is being staged following the directive from President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that 2008 is the year of national identity in the Emirates. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Education striving to deepen national identity: Hanif

Posted on 16/04/2008

As the national identity represents the full image and expression of UAE's presence, values, traditions, culture and national language, therefore, the Ministry of Education (MoE) strives for strengthening the meaning of national identity in its entire curriculum especially Arabic language curriculum and activating it in real and daily life,' according to Minister of Education Dr. Hanif Hassan. 'Our mother tongue language is and has been one of the basic elements of developing the ministry's ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid to open National Identity Conference

Posted on 15/04/2008

The UAE National Identity Conference will be officially open on Tuesday April 15th by H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in a ceremony at the Emirates Palace in the UAE capital. The conference is held in response to President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's call to make 2008 the UAE national identity year. Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Abdul Rehman Al Owais underlined the upcoming event as a for ...  >>MORE

Camel beauty saw largest deal in tune of Dh25 million

Posted on 09/04/2008

The highest deal in value at the ongoing Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival was struck Tuesday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan who bought two pure-bred camels at Dh25 million. Sheikh Mohammed paid Dh15 million for Mabrukan and Dh10 million for Muraia, reporting the highest deal in the camel market of Majahim (dark-skinned camels). The camel beauty contest among other activities are being held during the festival at Zayed City in the Western Region from April 2 to ...  >>MORE

Conference to debate UAE national identity

Posted on 08/04/2008

A two-day meeting to promote the UAE's national identity, history and culture will be held next week. United Arab Emirates: National Identity Conference will be opened by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The forum will take place at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi from April 15 to 16. The event will provide a forum for high-level government and private sector representatives to discuss some of the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Foundation takes vital step in fostering Arab-German Cultural Ties

Posted on 07/04/2008

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation announced Sunday it has joined hands with West-East Diwan Cultural Association, a Berlin-based not-for-profit organization, to promote bilateral cooperation in culture, knowledge creation and dissemination. Yasser Hareb, Vice President for Culture, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, and Professor Claus-Peter Haase, Chairman of West-East Diwan Cultural Association and Director of the Islamic Museum in Berlin, signed a Memorandum of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi camel beauties bring heritage and culture under spotlight

Posted on 06/04/2008

The Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival 2008 held in the UAE has attracted wide international media coverage by various news agencies, newspapers and television and satellite stations in the US, Canada, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, India, China, Korea, Japan, and even as far down as Australia, among other countries. Pictures of participating camel beauties were published by print and digital publications that many human models have failed to appear in. The British daily tabloid ...  >>MORE

Camel beauty contest starts in Western Region

Posted on 03/04/2008

Owners of camels from both UAE and other Gulf countries gathered at Zayed City in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi for the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival 2008. The eight-day traditional camel beauty contest is being staged in response to directives by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture ...  >>MORE

UAE, UNESCO sign MoU for joint cooperation

Posted on 01/04/2008

Paris - HE Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and HE Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of the UNESCO, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for boosting joint cooperation in culture, heritage and antiquities. Under this memorandum, the UNESCO will provide the ministry with expertise and consultancy in the said fields. The signing ceremony was attended by HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Ghafli, charge' d'affaires of the UAE to France, and HE ...  >>MORE

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


Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho lauds efforts of Sheikh Mohammed Foundation


Foundation to honour German and Arab writers


Culture Ministry publishes "Looking At The World From Its Two Ends" book


Academics: UNESCO approves UAE award in Paris


Darwish takes Palestinian Cause to world scene : Owais


Ministry issues book on origin of names of UAE's historic places


UAE bags gold medal in world stamp exhibition in Prague


MEIFF announces its agenda for 2008 edition


Plans open for ArtParis Abu Dhabi


A historical journey to Holy Lands through photo masterpieces


Kalima issues eight new titles


Three books of Doris Lessing to be Translated in Arabic


Abu Dhabi's National Library to publish new distinct titles


Ministry of Culture opens music training centre


ADACH launches volunteers' group to promote UAE’s culture and heritage


'House of Poetry' comes into being


UAE Cultural centre opened in Seoul


Creation of Nabati poetry academy prompted by success of TV shows


Cultural District set to lead in green initiative


Abu Dhabi Turathna initiative attracts wide Emirati interest


ADACH releases five-year strategy


Emiratis urged to register their antique handicrafts


Vice President opens new headquarters of Culture and Sciences Symposium in Dubai


ADACH at Cannes Film Festival


Arabic language is the cornerstone of national identity - Minister


UAE's Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, Spain's


Arab League Chief receives Abu Dhabi cultural delegation


Media a key component of national identity: Ibrahim Al Abed


Identity Conference calls for establishing national archives


Sport can play key role in preserving national identity: Sulayem


UAE National Identity Conference kicks off


Conference addresses key challenges and ways to enrich identity and culture in UAE


Ministry of Education striving to deepen national identity: Hanif


Mohammed bin Rashid to open National Identity Conference


Camel beauty saw largest deal in tune of Dh25 million


Conference to debate UAE national identity


Mohammed Foundation takes vital step in fostering Arab-German Cultural Ties


Abu Dhabi camel beauties bring heritage and culture under spotlight


Camel beauty contest starts in Western Region


UAE, UNESCO sign MoU for joint cooperation