Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 13 December 2019

Sheikha Mariam: preserving the past is vital for Emirati identity

Her comments came at the launch of the Cultural Councils Initiative - a major new drive to boost culture in the UAE

Preserving the traditional way of Emirati life is important, said Sheikha Mariam. Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi
Preserving the traditional way of Emirati life is important, said Sheikha Mariam. Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi

Promoting the UAE's heritage and preserving its history is of utmost importance in maintaining Emirati identity, Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed has said.

Speaking at the launch of a major cultural initiative, the daughter of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said future generations needed to be aware of the country's past and how far it has come.

Hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the Cultural Councils Initiative is a project that seeks to boost cultural activity in the UAE.

Three councils met for the first time during the event - the heritage council, the arts council, and the cultural and creative industries council. It works by harnessing the power of different Government bodies across tourism, economy and the arts. They will then suggest legislation to help spur the arts.

"These cultural councils will not only highlight the local cultural scene and enhance its presence through local and international platforms, but will also play a major role in stimulating the cultural landscape for further development and encouraging participation in all sectors," said Sheikha Mariam, who is also chair of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation board of trustees.

Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said the project will be important for the UAE's cultural agenda.

"[It will] enable the country to cement its position as a beacon of culture and creativity across the region and beyond," she said.

Updated: July 20, 2019 08:43 PM

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