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CULTURE AND HERITAGE
CULTURAL CENTRES

Cultural identity in the United Arab Emirates is a rich blend of traditional Arab Islamic and contemporary elements. Following the foundation of the state and the increased availability of educational opportunities, private and public cultural centres and libraries were established throughout the Emirates, helping to promote cultural awareness and assisting in the preservation of the country’s rich heritage.
Prominent cultural organisations are the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi, the Cultural and Scientific Forum in Dubai, the Department of Culture and Information in Sharjah, the Fujairah Cultural Organisation, the Studies and Archives Centre in Ras al-Khaimah, and the Juma Al Majid Centre which is also in Dubai.
The Cultural Foundation is made up of three major institutions, the Arts and Culture Establishment, the National Library and the National Archives. More recently, the Centre for Documentation and Research, which was originally part of the Cultural Foundation, has transferred to the President’s Office. The National Library contains a large collection of books known as the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Library, a significant collection of manuscripts and an on-line database. Its publishing section has in recent times been very active, issuing a wide variety of books on science, art, heritage and historical subjects. There is also a section for the production of compact discs, as well as audio and videocassettes of selected programmes and publications.

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