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HISTORY & TRADITIONS - CULTURE

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

Meeting of GCC Ministers of Culture opens

Posted on 21/09/2006

Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, opened yesterday at Rotana Beach Hotel the 13th meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministers of culture. In his inaugural address, Al Owais, stressed on the importance of the upcoming cultural projects, as shown in the meeting agenda, in preserving and reviving the Gulf heritage, culture and identity, as well as in the strengthening of intellectual and spiritual ties among the people of the region. He also ...  >>MORE

UAE becomes member of UNESCO's cultural heritage committee

Posted on 01/07/2006

The United Arab Emirates and Algeria have been elected as members of the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The elections for the 18-member committee were held last Thursday during the general assembly of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (CSICH). Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), said the UAE was able, through close ...  >>MORE

Culture Village to preserve Dhow building on Dubai Creek

Posted on 27/06/2006

Dubai Properties announced yesterday that its landmark leisure and tourism project, Culture Village, will feature a dockyard showcasing traditional dhow building skills. Dhow building on Dubai Creek has been prevalent for centuries. Dubai Properties' initiative will mean that one of the emirate's oldest industries will continue for generations to come. Hashim Al Dabal, CEO of Dubai Properties said, 'Dubai's culture evolved around the Creek with the discovery of pearls on the rich oyster ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi aid for Sudan historic site

Posted on 17/05/2006

The Strategic Planning Office at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has completed a fact-finding mission to the Northern State of Sudan. The mission, undertaken by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) at ADACH, aims at developing a management plan for the archaeological site of Jebel Barkal, the first Sudanese site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The plan will detail a programme of restoration, conservation, protection ...  >>MORE

Ras al-Khaimah National Theatre selects Abdullah bin Zayed as the Year's Cultural Personality

Posted on 29/10/2005

Ras al-Khaimah National Theatre announced that Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, has been selected as the Cultural Personality of the year 2005. Abdullah Salim bin Yaqoub Al Zaabi, Board Chairman of RAK National Theatre said in a press conference held here last night that the selection came as a result of the great and continuous support Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed attaches to the theatrical activity in the country, as well as his persistent encouragement ...  >>MORE

Abdullah stresses need to promote cultural heritage of the Mediterranean

Posted on 28/10/2005

Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has said that cultural heritage was the source of many civilisations in the world and reflects the common history and values of people, playing a big role in developing their societies and economies. In a statement he sent to the Conference on Mediterranean Cultural Heritage, which opened Tuesday in the Italian town of Naples, Sheikh Abdullah said the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean region was of enormous ...  >>MORE

Khalifa sets up Abu Dhabi culture and heritage body

Posted on 15/10/2005

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued a law setting up the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority. The law stipulates that the newly established body will be a general authority. It will be a corporate body and a fully independent financial and administrative entity with full legal competence to assume its activities. It will be based in Abu Dhabi, and the authority's board of directors has the right to set up branches ...  >>MORE

UNESCO chief honours winners of Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

Posted on 01/10/2005

Paris - The 2005 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture was co-presented on Thursday to Algerian writer Tahar Ouettar and French academic Michel Lagarde by the Director General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura and Sheikh Essam bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chief of Sharjah Ruler's Office. UNESCO's chief awarded the prize to the two laureates on the recommendation of an international jury. In his address on the occasion, Matsuura gave special tribute to H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme ...  >>MORE

Intelligentsia urged to promote moderation, tolerance: Abdullah

Posted on 25/07/2005

Concerted efforts are needed to promote and disseminate the genuine human values of the Arab-Islamic culture, a senior UAE official has underlined. 'Cultural rhetoric should focus on values of moderation, tolerance and co-existence which constitute the essence of our religion and culture in order to purify our societies from defects which some have been trying to brand us and our faith with them .........our religion is innocent of them,' said Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of ...  >>MORE

Co-ordination Committee in the Ministry of Information & Information holds meeting

Posted on 19/07/2005

The Coordination Committee in the Ministry of Information and Culture yesterday held a meeting to launch the Arab Contract for Cultural Development, presided over by Billal Al Badoor, Assistant Under Secretary for Cultural Affaires and attended by representatives from various cultural institutions in the UAE. The meeting explored the steps which have so far been taken for the launching of the event on the 25th of current month at various locations including Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain ...  >>MORE

National attire: undying tradition

Posted on 23/04/2005

The rapid pace of modern life has forced many traditions to wither across the world, making way for news trends that fit to the complications of contemporary life. In some countries, winds of changes have swept on every aspect of life. In the United Arab Emirates, the centuries old traditional outfits stand as an example of the country's determination to preserve heritage and national identity. National outfits in the UAE have made use of the progress in technology and communications to ...  >>MORE

Desert festival to draw up charter on development

Posted on 09/04/2005

More than 30 heads of state and international political figures will be attending the Second Festival of the Cultures and Civilisations of World Deserts in Dubai. The event is taking place from April 16 to 22. Prominent figures among the invitees are UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Klaus Topfer, executive director of UNEP and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. The King of Jordan and the King of Bahrain have also been invited. Development and desertification control in desert regions, ...  >>MORE

Dubai hosts Festival of Culture and Civilisations of World Deserts

Posted on 27/03/2005

A series of scientific programmes, conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, real life demonstrations and documentary films will put the spotlight on "The Cultures and Civilizations of World Deserts" to be organised in Dubai from 16th to 22nd April, as Zayed International Prize for the Environment, World Deserts Foundation and the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) join forces to explore the spirit of the desert. Announcing the details of the second festival to ...  >>MORE

New protocol deal to restore and maintain all vital manuscripts

Posted on 22/03/2005

A complete unit for the restoration and maintenance of documents and manuscripts will be provided by Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage to the Royal Authentication Centre of Jordan under a cooperative Protocol signed in Dubai on Monday. The centre will set up the unit and train staff to maintain the equipment within four months of the date of signing. Bilateral assistance and cooperation will be taken up in the field of digital archiving of books and listing of assets, and the ...  >>MORE

Documentation Centre to organise conference on UAE Bedouin life

Posted on 04/01/2005

Under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Research and Documentation Centre will organise a conference on UAE Bedouin life. To be held between Feb. 26 to March 2, the conference will feature the past and the present of the UAE with the aim of delving into the indigenous values and cultures of the Bedouin life. Emphasis will be laid on the Bedouin core values and their impact on contemporary UAE society. The conference will be attended by ...  >>MORE

Qasba Canal authority set up to boost development

Posted on 22/12/2004

A development authority was announced yesterday for the kilometre-long Qasba Canal in Sharjah. There will be more retail and food and beverage outlets and other "important attractions". A press release said the new authority wanted to "bring life to a place of beauty" and establish Sharjah's position as the cultural capital of the GCC. The order was given by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who appointed Sheikha Bodour ...  >>MORE

Traditional patterns

Posted on 30/10/2004

A traditional weaver displays his skills at a stall set up for Ramadan by the Emirates Heritage Club in an Abu Dhabi mall. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Mohammed attends opening ceremony of UAE Cultural Festival

Posted on 06/04/2004

Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attended in Dubai last night the opening ceremony of the 1st UAE Cultural Festival, being organised by the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Forum at the Dubai World Trade Centre. In a keynote address, Ibrahim Bumelha, Board Chairman of the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Forum and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the festival, commended the UAE for its civil achievements, which he attributed to ...  >>MORE

Arab intellectual, author feted as cultural festival gets underway

Posted on 06/04/2004

More than 300 prominent scholars, intellectuals and artists have gathered in Dubai to take part in the First UAE Cultural Festival which got underway yesterday at Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC). General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, opened the 11-day festival, which ends on April 15 and is organised by the Cultural and Scientific Association (CSA). Earlier, an impressive show depicting the UAE's art and music won applause ...  >>MORE

UAE cultural festival to start Monday

Posted on 04/04/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, will open on Monday the first UAE cultural festival at Dubai Trade Centre's Rashid Hall. A number of sheikhs, ministers, federal and local officials as well as some intellectuals and men of letters will attend the opening ceremony. UAE national Mohammed bin Saeed Ghobash will also be honoured for his role in promoting culture in the country, he added. Obeid said Sheikh Mohammed would also cut the ...  >>MORE

Top personalities to attend Emirates Cultural Fest

Posted on 24/03/2004

More than 300 cultural personalities and intellectuals will be taking part in the first Emirates Cultural Festival organised by the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association from April 5 to 15 under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence. The delegates are expected to start arriving in Dubai from the beginning of April, according to Bilal Al Budour, Secretary-General of the association and Programme Director of the ...  >>MORE

UAE Cultural Festival to begin on April 5

Posted on 19/03/2004

Under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, the inaugural UAE Cultural Festival will commence at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre on April, 5. The Festival is organized by the Cultural and Scientific Association (CSA). It will be the first event of its kind in the UAE and will add a new dimension to the local cultural activities through the efforts of the Cultural and Scientific Association, according to a ...  >>MORE

A date with Arabic poetry; Dubai Press Club hosts cultural night

Posted on 08/11/2003

In a traditional Arabic setting organised by the Dubai Press Club on Thursday, three Arab poets regaled a select audience with their works. Said Al Saadi, Ali Alsabaan, and Najah Al Masaeed presented a vast array of poetry and enthralled the audience with their verses. Among the many topics covered, the poems praised the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence. Organised as ...  >>MORE

DSS Heritage Surprises Week spotlights on the UAE's fascinating culture

Posted on 16/08/2003

During Dubai Summer Surprises' Heritage Week, organisers from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry focused on bringing Arab traditions to the fore by exploring the popular and lesser-known aspects of Arab culture. The week's motto: "Go back to your roots". Although Heritage Surprises Week showcased Arab culture from the Levant countries to the Arabian peninsula and into North Africa, three special mall events shed a rare spotlight on fascinating aspects of UAE culture that are ...  >>MORE

Dubai to set up Cultural Council to boost talent

Posted on 21/05/2003

The Dubai Executive Council held its ordinary meeting yesterday at the Emirates Towers, presided over by its Chairman, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister. The council agreed to establish a Dubai Cultural Council whose major objective will be to instil cultural personality in UAE nationals through the activation and coordination of cultural activities in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the need for this council, which will draw up ...  >>MORE

UAE enjoys high cultural status

Posted on 09/01/2003

The UAE holds an important position in the world of Arab culture as a result of the contributions of several far-sighted, creative men, said General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, at the opening ceremony of the new premises of the Sultan bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation. Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture, and more than 300 officials, guests and dignitaries attended the ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed underlines the need for effective mechanism to implement resolutions

Posted on 24/10/2002

Amman - Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and Culture yesterday stressed the need for an effective mechanism to implement resolutions emanating from numerous meetings of Arab Culture and Information Ministers. "It is my wish that the ministerial meeting of the Arab culture ministers, or indeed, any meetings held within the framework of Arab League, should focus on a single issue, no matter how insignificant it might be, so that it is thoroughly discussed, approved ...  >>MORE

UNESCO Secretary General hails Zayed Prize for Cultural Spaces

Posted on 17/09/2002

Istanbul - Koichiro Mastuura, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), yesterday lauded the initiative of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to set up a $150 Prize for safeguarding, protecting and promoting cultural spaces, or forms of popular or traditional cultural expression. In a speech at the opening of the UNESCO's third conference of the Ministers of Culture, Mastuura said: " I sincerely thank the UAE for its ...  >>MORE

Arab identity should be preserved, says official

Posted on 30/04/2001

The UAE is following free market economy, however, Arab identity should be preserved, said Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality. Any company or shop in the emirate can make promotions using any language, however, Arabic language should be dominant in the advertisement or signboards, he added. Arabic language should take three quarters of the ad or signboard, he said, adding that other languages can be used in the rest of the space to target customers. The ...  >>MORE

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Majlis at mall seeks to spread awareness of UAE culture


Meeting of GCC Ministers of Culture opens


UAE becomes member of UNESCO's cultural heritage committee


Culture Village to preserve Dhow building on Dubai Creek


Abu Dhabi aid for Sudan historic site


Ras al-Khaimah National Theatre selects Abdullah bin Zayed as the Year's Cultural Personality


Abdullah stresses need to promote cultural heritage of the Mediterranean


Khalifa sets up Abu Dhabi culture and heritage body


UNESCO chief honours winners of Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture


Intelligentsia urged to promote moderation, tolerance: Abdullah


Co-ordination Committee in the Ministry of Information & Information holds meeting


National attire: undying tradition


Desert festival to draw up charter on development


Dubai hosts Festival of Culture and Civilisations of World Deserts


New protocol deal to restore and maintain all vital manuscripts


Documentation Centre to organise conference on UAE Bedouin life


Qasba Canal authority set up to boost development


Traditional patterns


Mohammed attends opening ceremony of UAE Cultural Festival


Arab intellectual, author feted as cultural festival gets underway


UAE cultural festival to start Monday


Top personalities to attend Emirates Cultural Fest


UAE Cultural Festival to begin on April 5


A date with Arabic poetry; Dubai Press Club hosts cultural night


DSS Heritage Surprises Week spotlights on the UAE's fascinating culture


Dubai to set up Cultural Council to boost talent


UAE enjoys high cultural status


Abdullah bin Zayed underlines the need for effective mechanism to implement resolutions


UNESCO Secretary General hails Zayed Prize for Cultural Spaces


Arab identity should be preserved, says official