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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - CULTURE

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

Mohammed bin Rashid launches Dubai Creek Cultural Project

Posted on 27/03/2008

Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday launched the Dubai Creek Cultural Project, which will transform Dubai into world cultural centre and UAE into a global dialogue cultural platform. Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pride about this cultural project, which aims at reviving and preserving "our heritage", describing it as a "documentary to history and legacy of our forefathers". The celebration was held at the late Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid sets up Mohammed bin Rashid Foundation

Posted on 22/03/2008

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued a decree establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Foundation which was announced and launched in May, 2007 with an endowment of Dh37 billion (US$10 billion). According to the decree, the Foundation shall be managed by a 5-member board of directors, a chairman and a deputy chairman. A decree by the Ruler of Dubai shall appoint a 5-mambers of the ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Culture signs contract with Academy of Arts in Egypt

Posted on 16/03/2008

The ministry of Culture, Youth and Community development has signed a contract with the Academy of Arts in Egypt under which the two sides will cooperate to establish and operate a music centre in UAE. Eid Al Faraj, Director of the Heritage and arts section in the ministry, said the academy would assume the responsibility of prescribing the entry exams, designing the syllabus and training on the different musical instruments besides issuing the certificates for the students after 2 two years ...  >>MORE

ADACH launches 'pen project' to promote local literature

Posted on 16/03/2008

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) launched yesterday at the sideline of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the 'pen project' to sponsor publishing and distribution of local novels, short stories, drama and poetry. The move is in line with series of initiatives launched by the ADACH to promote cultural work in the UAE through well-studied strategic vision, which ultimately aims at highlighting Abu Dhabi as a pioneer cultural district in the Gulf region and Arab world ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Cultural Festival to be launched in June

Posted on 09/03/2008

The Abu Dhabi Cultural, Heritage and Folklore Festival will be held from June 2 to 6 at the Emirates Palace Hotel in the capital. Over 60 Arab and non Arab countries will participate in the festival to be held under the supervision of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company. The event will be organised by Silver Star Exhibitions and Conferences Est. Deputy Chairman of the Higher organising committee Matar Ali Al Dhahiri said that the festival will enormously ...  >>MORE

VP launches Dubai Culture and Arts Authority

Posted on 08/03/2008

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree establishing the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. He also issued another decree appointing HH Sheikh Mayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Chairman of Culture and Arts Authority, and Dr Omar bin Sulaiman as member of the board and managing director in Charge. The authority has been mandated with creating a culture and Arts infrastructure that positions Dubai as a ...  >>MORE

Owais receives UNESCO Official

Posted on 26/02/2008

Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development HE Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais received Deputy Director General of Foreign relations at UNESCO. They discussed ways for enhancing cooperation between the ministry and the world body in the fields of culture, heritage and archaeology. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed attends the third round of 'million poets' contest'

Posted on 21/02/2008

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces attended the third round of the second phase of 'million poets' contest. National Security Adviser HH Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan was also present Qatari contestant Khalil Al Tamimi qualified with 89 per cent votes, while Saudi contestant got a pass card through the judgment committee. The million poets' programme is produced by the Abu Dhabi Authority ...  >>MORE

ADACH organises Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival

Posted on 06/02/2008

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) started its preparations for the 'Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival'. The festival is dedicated to special shows for 'Asayel' (pedigree) and 'Majahim' (dark-skinned) camels as part of ADACH efforts to promote local folklore through cultural events in Abu Dhabi. The festival, which will take place during the first week of April (2nd-5th) in Zayed City in the Western Province, includes a rare 'camel beauty contest' and other activities and ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Culture, Microsoft sign MoU

Posted on 30/01/2008

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development Microsoft Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote technology of cultural work. The MoU was signed by Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Ralph Young vice president, enterprise sector, Microsoft. The MoU aims at boosting joint cooperation between the ministry and Microsoft in regard to developing cultural work technology, boosting cultural exchange to ...  >>MORE

Citizens from 200 countries live and co-exist peacefully in UAE

Posted on 20/01/2008

Madrid - The first Alliance of Civilisations Forum was concluded here Wednesday with emotional call for promoting and fostering interfaith and cross-culture dialogue. Having a high-profile presence in the meeting, the United Arab Emirates considers the concept of the "Alliance of Civilizations" initiative as one of the most important global initiatives of recent years. "We offer our sincere thanks to the Governments of Spain and of Turkey for having launched this initiative, and we pledge our ...  >>MORE

Al Owais addresses First Alliance of Civilisations

Posted on 17/01/2008

United Arab Emirates affirmed that the concept of the Alliance of Civilisations represents one of the most valuable global initiatives in the recent times. Addressing the First Alliance of Civilisations Annual Forum in Madrid on Tuesday, the UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and the Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais reiterated the need for religious tolerance and inter-faith dialogue to achieve the long lasting peace in the world. He said that people of 200 different ...  >>MORE

Ministers of Culture discuss ways to counter misinformation

Posted on 23/11/2007

Tripoli - The fifth Islamic conference of the Ministers of Culture being held here pondered on ways to counter deliberate attempts by media to distort the image of Islam and Muslims. UAE's Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais is participating in the conference at the head of a delegation. In the morning session held yesterday the conference discussed a working paper presented by The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi launches major Arabic translation initiative

Posted on 22/11/2007

Kalima, one of the most significant cultural initiatives to come out of the Arab world in years, launched today and announced a much-anticipated list of 100 books, selected as candidates for translation into Arabic. Kalima ("word" in Arabic), funds the translation, publication and distribution of high-quality works of classic and contemporary writing from other languages into Arabic. "The rest of the world enjoys a wealth of domestic and translated writing, why should the Arab world be any ...  >>MORE

Cultural Leadership award for Sultan

Posted on 16/11/2007

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Tourism Development and Investment Company, which manages the ADTA's tourism assets, has received the 'Cultural Leadership' award from the American Federation of Arts. Sheikh Sultan was presented with the award, which recognised his role in developing the Cultural District of Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, at a gala reception at the city's Metropolitan Club. Sheikh Sultan said, "In selecting Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens Gulf Cultural Festival

Posted on 22/10/2007

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the first Gulf Cultural Festival at Qanat Al Qasba here yesterday. The festival, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, will last until October 26. Delegates from all GCC countries are taking part in the festival. The ceremony featured a laser and music show, an art exhibition and a free theatre. Sheikh Sultan inaugurated the fine arts ...  >>MORE

First edition of Gulf Cultural Festival to kick off tomorrow

Posted on 21/10/2007

The first Gulf Cultural Festival will kick off today, Sunday at Qanat Al Qasba TV Channel in Sharjah under the patronage of H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah who will be present at the opening ceremony at the TV Channel. Organised by the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the 6-day festival will see participations from all member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council - GCC. The start of the week-long event ...  >>MORE

Reviving golden era of Arabic translation

Posted on 20/10/2007

A cultural initiative launched by Abu Dhabi Government for translation from major world living languages into the Arabic language can bring back the Arabs' golden era of translation, according to intellectuals. "The Arabs are credited with initiating the first organised, large-scale translation activity in history, which started during the reign of the Umayyads (661-750) and reached its zenith under the Abbasids (750-1258), particularly during the reign of Al Ma'mun, known as the Golden Era of ...  >>MORE

Gulf Cultural Festival to add a new dimension to UAE's cultural life

Posted on 18/10/2007

The Higher organizing Committee for the First Gulf Cultural Festival held a meeting today at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. The meeting Chaired by Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais discussed the final preparations for the festival slated to kick off next Sunday under the patronage of H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The festival is expected to add a new ...  >>MORE

Cultural International Certificate for the UAE

Posted on 16/10/2007

The inclusion of General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in the list of the top 100 patrons of Culture and Art in the world this year by the annual survey prepared by the specialized magazine "Art Review" is yet another international certificate of cultural recognition for the United Arab Emirates, said Akhbar Al Sa'a, the news bulletin released by Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. In an ...  >>MORE

ADACH launches largest ambitious cultural initiative in Arab World

Posted on 14/10/2007

Frankfurt, Oct.14th,2007 (WAM) --In an another yet qualitative step to in its pursuit to establish itself as a world cultural hub, Abu Dhabi launched yesterday the largest ever cultural initiative in the Arab World for translation from major world living languages into the Arabic language. Announcing the project called ‘kilma' (Word in Arabia), ADACH Director General Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrourie, said the cultural initiative was launched as per directives by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed ...  >>MORE

Ruler of Sharjah grants a new centre to UNESCO

Posted on 09/10/2007

H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has granted a new centre at Sharjah city downtown to the International Institute for Educational Planning of UNESCO. The new centre will be the second worldwide centre after Buenos Aires's centre opened in Argentine in 1998. Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed, director of the centre said the "donation will consolidate role of Sharjah as Arab culture capital and will complement the role of the Sharjah University City as a ...  >>MORE

Business or culture?

Posted on 28/09/2007

Signs are popping up everywhere that art is finding its way into public life in the UAE. Abu Dhabi seems determined to become the GCC's cultural capital with its high-profile partnerships with the world's leading museums like the Louvre and the Guggenheim. Dubai has already announced the Dubai Opera House designed by renowned Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid, to be located on an island in Dubai Creek in The Lagoon along with two museums. Replicas of these buildings are currently in the main ...  >>MORE

UAE experiencing dramatic cultural progress: Humaid

Posted on 03/09/2007

H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman, received today delegates participating in the first forum for pioneers of culture and intellect in the GCC and Arabian Peninsula being hosted by Ajman from September 2 to 3. Sheikh Humaid appreciated the intellectual and cultural role they play to safeguard and promote heritage, culture and civilization of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula. 'The Gulf is not a symbol of an oil wealth .....it is a home to great ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Sultan to attend ‘Sharjah Cultural Days’ event in Vienna

Posted on 02/09/2007

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will attend the ceremonies to be held as part of ‘Sharjah Cultural Days' in Vienna during the first week of September. The activities are aimed at enhancing the cultural dialogue with the West, in general, and with Europe, in particular. The activities which will include cultural and heritage exhibitions will highlight the Arab and Gulf culture and heritage. The exhibitions will feature maps ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Culture unveils strategy framework

Posted on 07/08/2007

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development yesterday unveiled details of its 2008-2010 strategic framework, which focuses on preserving the UAE National identity and coping with the requirements of the country's fast paced economic and social development. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development, said the ministry's plans mirror the key objectives of the UAE Government Strategy which places a special emphasis on youth as a major ...  >>MORE

Project to build UAE National Cultural Encyclopedia launched

Posted on 05/07/2007

The UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development and du, UAE's second telecom operator, launched Wednesday a new project to build the UAE National Cultural Encyclopaedia. An agreement signed yesterday by Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Osman Sultan, CEO of du, appoints du as the exclusive sponsor of the new encyclopaedia for three years. Underscoring the project, Al Owais said "the cultural project stems from the Ministry's ...  >>MORE

ADACH launches Arabic Oud House Project

Posted on 25/06/2007

In line with its aspirations and strategy, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH)plans to launch the "Arabic Oud House" under its wing and supervision. This is a cultural project that aims to promote traditions of lute performance. This, instrument has always been associated with Arabic Music and its development. The house is going to be the first one in the region where musicians focus on one instrument as well as approaches and methods of playing it. The aim of the Arabic Oud ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi centre to teach unique Gulf poetry

Posted on 14/06/2007

The capital will soon have the Arab world's first academy for the teaching of colloquial Arabic 'Nabati' poetry. Mohammad Al Mazroui, director general of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, yesterday said the academy "will embrace talents in the field of poetry". The academy will be located at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. According to Sultan Al Umami, director of the academy, students will undergo long and intensive courses in poetry studies for a minimal ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Talib named cultural personality of 2006

Posted on 14/04/2007

The National Theater of Ras Al Khaimah has named Brigadier Sheikh Talib bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of Ras Al Khaimah Police, the cultural, theatrical personality for 2006 in recognition of his contributions for the cultural and theatrical movement in the emirate. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, presented the award shield to Sheikh Talib during special ceremony hosted by the Ras Al Khaimah National Theatre at the emirate's Cultural Centre. ...  >>MORE

Cultural contribution of Arabs 'on the decline'

Posted on 04/04/2007

The dwindling Arab cultural contribution was highlighted yesterday by General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Mohammad was speaking on Monday at a ceremony held in the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre to honour the winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. "Facts regarding culture in the Arab world are not very reassuring. There are 300 million Arabs in the Arab world, but only 5,600 books are being ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi set to be region's vibrant cultural hub: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Posted on 01/04/2007

The success of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is proof to the UAE's capital city's status as a vibrant regional cultural hub. It adds to the potentials of cultural tourism and is further boost to the region's cultural movement, said Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This event, he added, "is committed to establishing Abu Dhabi as a vibrant commercial market place for the world's publishing ...  >>MORE

Saadiyat Island will be cultural beacon, says Duke of York

Posted on 12/03/2007

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, praised as "a cultural beacon" plans for the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, which lies just offshore the UAE capital city. His comments came as the Prince, fourth in line to the British throne, visited the Saadiyat Island Cultural District exhibition at the Emirates Palace Hotel. The exhibition charts the design concepts behind the museums, art galleries and performing arts centres planned for the Cultural District, including the Frank Gehry-designed ...  >>MORE

Preserving uniqueness amid diversity

Posted on 23/02/2007

Can you name an Emirati dish? Have you ever been to an Emirati wedding? Do you know what Emirati folk songs and dances signify? These are questions commonly asked by UAE residents, but many complain that despite being curious about Emirati culture, they have never had the opportunity to learn about it because they do not know where to look. That is where the Watani, the national identity development programme, steps in. Watani is a social development programme which was established on ...  >>MORE

Fresh initiatives to give culture a boost in Ajman

Posted on 14/02/2007

A year-long initiative to encourage people to take greater interest in culture is being launched in Ajman. Dancing, theatre shows and exhibitions are being staged as part of Ajman Cultural Days, with many events taking place outside and free to the public. The programme has been created to reflect the interest in culture of His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, chief of the Department of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi vies for cultural prominence

Posted on 11/02/2007

A leading British magazine has highlighted efforts being made by Abu Dhabi to become a regional hub for culture and arts. The latest issue of the Economist weekly magazine, published yesterday, carried a report about Abu Dhabi's plans to develop a cultural district of Saadiyat Island, a colossal and luxurious waterfront community soon to rise on the outskirts of the UAE's capital. "Last year, Abu Dhabi signed a deal for New York's Guggenheim Foundation to create a world-class modern-art ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Culture and Information Authority established

Posted on 04/12/2006

H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah has issued an Emiri decree creating the Fujairah Culture and Information Authority (FCIA). According to the decree, the new authority is aimed at advancing performance and active participation to develop a modern cultural and information environment as well as providing support to Arabs in line with the Arab and Islamic value systems. Sheikh Hamad issues another Emiri decree appointing Sheikh Rashid bin ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed attends cultural forum

Posted on 12/11/2006

The United Arab Emirates will witness sweeping changes during the next five year as part of the plans to enhance role of federal entities and to achieve highest growth rates in all sectors, said General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Mohammed's remarks came during a meeting held yesterday as part of the 1st National Cultural Forum, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage opens an outlet for traditional crafts

Posted on 29/10/2006

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has announced the opening of an outlet for traditional Emirati crafts at the Cultural Foundation. Under the motto "100% Emirati, 100% Handmade", the opening of the outlet is in the context of a project aimed at preserving and promoting traditional Emirati handicrafts so as to ensure their long-term survival. The project also aims at covering Abu Dhabi's existing gap in quality cultural merchandising for visitors and residents' ...  >>MORE

Majlis at mall seeks to spread awareness of UAE culture

Posted on 10/10/2006

The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding has begun a communications majlis to promote their 'Open Doors, Open Minds' initiative. The majlis is aimed at spreading awareness about the UAE's culture and traditions. In an effort to bridge the information gap, UAE national volunteers are on hand at the majlis - a traditional meeting hall, set-up at Ibn Battuta Mall - to meet expatriates, field questions and encourage members of the public to attend the centre's weekly mosque tours, ...  >>MORE

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UAE, UNESCO sign MoU for joint cooperation


Mohammed bin Rashid launches Dubai Creek Cultural Project


Mohammed bin Rashid sets up Mohammed bin Rashid Foundation


Ministry of Culture signs contract with Academy of Arts in Egypt


ADACH launches 'pen project' to promote local literature


Abu Dhabi Cultural Festival to be launched in June


VP launches Dubai Culture and Arts Authority


Owais receives UNESCO Official


Mohammed bin Zayed attends the third round of 'million poets' contest'


ADACH organises Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival


UAE Ministry of Culture, Microsoft sign MoU


Citizens from 200 countries live and co-exist peacefully in UAE


Al Owais addresses First Alliance of Civilisations


Ministers of Culture discuss ways to counter misinformation


Abu Dhabi launches major Arabic translation initiative


Cultural Leadership award for Sultan


Sultan opens Gulf Cultural Festival


First edition of Gulf Cultural Festival to kick off tomorrow


Reviving golden era of Arabic translation


Gulf Cultural Festival to add a new dimension to UAE's cultural life


Cultural International Certificate for the UAE


ADACH launches largest ambitious cultural initiative in Arab World


Ruler of Sharjah grants a new centre to UNESCO


Business or culture?


UAE experiencing dramatic cultural progress: Humaid


Sheikh Sultan to attend ‘Sharjah Cultural Days’ event in Vienna


Ministry of Culture unveils strategy framework


Project to build UAE National Cultural Encyclopedia launched


ADACH launches Arabic Oud House Project


New Abu Dhabi centre to teach unique Gulf poetry


Sheikh Talib named cultural personality of 2006


Cultural contribution of Arabs 'on the decline'


Abu Dhabi set to be region's vibrant cultural hub: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince


Saadiyat Island will be cultural beacon, says Duke of York


Preserving uniqueness amid diversity


Fresh initiatives to give culture a boost in Ajman


Abu Dhabi vies for cultural prominence


Fujairah Culture and Information Authority established


Mohammed bin Zayed attends cultural forum


Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage opens an outlet for traditional crafts


Majlis at mall seeks to spread awareness of UAE culture