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Bahrain participates in 22nd Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Affairs in Arab World

DUBAI, 20th December, 2021 (WAM) — The Kingdom of Bahrain has participated in the 22nd Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Affairs in the Arab World in Dubai.

At the conference, Sheikha Hala bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Director-General of Culture and Arts at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), represented BACA President, Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa.

Sheikha Hala also attended the opening of the Arabic Language Summit, organised by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, on the sidelines of the 22nd conference of Arab culture ministers, reported the Bahraini news agency BNA.

On the occasion, Sheikha Hala expressed thanks and appreciation to the UAE for hosting the conference, and interest in the Arab heritage and culture, stressing the importance of using culture to develop communities and enhance sustainable development, amid the ongoing exceptional circumstances the world is going through due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She hailed the recent inscription of the Arabic Calligraphy and Bahrain’s Fjiri musical performance on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, calling for stepping up joint Arab cultural action and cooperation to promote Arab identity and culture.

Sheikha Hala added that Expo 2022 Dubai is a golden opportunity to promote Arab cultural presence at the international level.

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UAE President appoints Sultan Yusuf Abdul Rahman Al Nuaimi, Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security

The UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued federal decree appointing Major General Sultan Yusuf Abdul Rahman Al Nuaimi, director-general of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security.

Director-general of Residency and Foreigners Affairs will be responsible for preparing policies and strategies related to the entry and residence of foreigners to the UAE; Supervising the issuance of entry visas and residence permits of all kinds; Implementing decisions and procedures regulating external borders (air, sea and land borders), both at entry and exit, in coordination with the concerned authorities.

Also, the director-general of Residency and Foreigners Affairs at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security, will be responsible for the implementation of supervision and field inspection operations on establishments and free zones in coordination with the concerned authorities, to ensure their compliance with the Law. In addition to developing related services in line with the UAE’s vision and directions in this regard.

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Dubai Police warns Against Using Police Emergency Strobe Lights

The Dubai Traffic Police has recently warned motorists against using police and emergency vehicle warning lights, after two vehicles were spotted on the road taking advantage of the exclusive entitlement of the police to be given way in case of emergency.

Colonel Juma bin Suwaidan, Acting Director of the General Traffic Department, urged road users to adhere to traffic laws to avoid facing legal liabilities and prevent endangering their lives and others.

Col bin Suwaidan stated further that the police patrols had impounded two vehicles on two separate occasions for illegally fitting their vehicles with using emergency warning lights similar to the police, giving other motorists a false impression of authority to give way.

“We have spotted one at the Emirates Road and the other at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Reports were filed against the two, and their vehicles were confiscated and fined,” he added.


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Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan announces the launch of the “Emirati Miniatures initiative” from the Courtauld Gallery in London.

“Art is the mirror of history and a true reflection of the extent of the civilised development of society.”

I feel a special state of spiritual and intellectual transcendence. ” Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma expressed her conviction in the value of the arts and their being a title for advanced people and civilizations. This statement came during Her Highness’ visit to the Gallery in the British capital, London, at the beginning of her meetings and her visit as part of Her Highness’s cultural and knowledge programme for knowledge and human communication.

The Courtauld Gallery is interested in the history of the arts through different ages and human civilizations, and many of the senior art historians in the British scientific community belong to it. The Museum: Edouard Manet, Vanessa Bell, and Lucas Cranach (Painting of Adam and Eve), as well as the French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, the Dutch artist Van Gogh, and many other artists.

Her Highness and the accompanying delegation were welcomed by Professor Deborah Salo, Director of the College; Dr. Karen Sears; Mrs. Francesca Hoyt and Mrs. Camilla Knight, where Her Highness and the accompanying delegation accompanied Professor Debrois on a tour between the various pavilions of the museum and the exhibition.

Her Highness held a meeting with the director of the gallery and the work team, where she thanked and appreciated them for their good reception. During the meeting, ways of cooperation between Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan’s cultural and educational institutions and between the Courtauld institutes were discussed, and experiences were exchanged in the field of presenting. There were lectures and technical workshops between the Emirati technical cadres and the technical cadres of the college, and Her Highness announced during the meeting the launching of the (Emirati Miniatures) initiative, which will be launched next October. It is an initiative dedicated to Emirati artists, using palm fronds as a basis for drawing accurate artistic miniatures that express the Emirati and human heritage. Her Highness invited them to attend the exhibition of the artworks participating in the initiative. Professor Deborah was very impressed with the idea of the initiative, especially the use of date palms, as they represent a heritage value in desert communities.

At the end of the meeting, Her Highness gifted the college a set of publications that talk about art in the United Arab Emirates, as part of the (Knowledge for Humanity) initiative launched by Her Highness last year, which aims to make the world know the Emirati civilization and its ancient folk heritage by donating museums and universities. To be among its holdings, with knowledge sources of books and technological means that define the UAE between the past, present, and future.

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