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Noura Al Kaabi inaugurates second edition of Al Burda Festival

DUBAI, 20th December, 2021 (WAM) — Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the second edition of Al Burda Festival opened at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Organised by the Ministry of Culture and Youth, this year’s edition of Al Burda Festival takes place under the theme "Transcending Spaces, Discovering the World" and runs for two days from 20th to 21st December 2021. The festival promotes the values of openness, coexistence and tolerance.

On this occasion, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said, "The second edition of Al Burda Festival coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates. It’s a celebration of Islamic creativity in all its manifestations, and a platform for creators from all over the world. A space for them to advance Islamic arts and to achieve new heights of excellence in creativity."

"This edition of the festival is being celebrated under the slogan: "Transcending Spaces, Discovering the World". This slogan reflects pluralism and eclecticism, it signifies spaces that have not been explored yet. It inspires critical intellectual discussion that takes into account the familiar and helps us reconsider the prevailing perceptions. It stirs in us feelings of curiosity to know what we do not know and help us change for the better," Al Kaabi explained.

"As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the country, the UAE is more than ever committed to strengthening the role of arts and culture in the global dialogue to promote tolerance. Through Al Burda Festival, we explore those spaces and use art as part of our being. Art is an integral part of our present and our future, it is a medium to forge dialogue with other cultures and countries of the world. Culture breeds tolerance promotes understanding and coexistence, and thanks to Islamic arts and culture, we can re-imagine and rewrite our future. In order for us to create a future free of extremism, we must join hands and work together," she added.

The Minister emphasised that Islamic art and culture is a powerful way to combat extremist ideologies. "We can use art to inculcate discipline and help connect generations and beliefs that would enrich our human experience. Art means different things to different people, and it manifests in different forms such as design, poetry, literature, food, technology, fashion, music, and advertising. Our discussion also benefits industries related to art and culture including tourism, films, heritage, creative economy, and identity. We discussed a wide range of topics in our two-day programme touching on the literary realm to make Islamic art and culture a part of our daily lives that can be used to strengthen human connections."

In a special address at the opening of Al Burda Festival, Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, Deputy Minister of Culture, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, thanked the UAE for inviting Saudi Arabia as the Guest of Honour to the event. "We are honoured to be a part of Al Burda Festival, which celebrates Islamic arts and culture, and endeavours to make it a part of the contemporary narrative and experiences. Art and culture are a great way to forge global communication. Initiatives such as Al Burda inspire cultural discussions and have the potential to shape the perceptions about Islamic arts in today’s times."

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in cooperation with 15 other Arab countries, successfully inscribed Arabic calligraphy on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. This is an acknowledgment of the iconic status of Arabic calligraphy on a global level and establishes its role as a communication tool between nations and peoples. This artform is intrinsic to our heritage, an ancient practice that continues to be relevant in today’s times. Islamic arts are unique to our heritage, yet they have a universal character that transcends cultures. As part of our initiative to mark the year of Arabic Calligraphy, which spanned two years, the Kingdom was keen to highlight these values that are a hallmark of this ancient artform," he added.

This year, Al Burda Festival includes panel discussions, workshops and dialogue sessions, and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Islamic arts and enjoy performances inspired by different cultures in the Islamic world. The festival also includes 15 exhibitions of Islamic artworks, in addition to 10 live performances from around the world, including the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The festival, which is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Youth in partnership with more than 29 strategic partners, includes dialogue sessions that host international thought leaders in the field of Islamic arts and culture to discuss the most pressing topics in the Islamic world today and to present new visions on the latest trends and ideas that shape the future. The Ideas Lounge includes dialogues and discussions on topics encompassing traditions, cultural heritage, advanced technology, entrepreneurship, and authentic Islamic arts and culture.

Within the festival, performances and other films inspired by the Islamic world will be held, to narrate inspiring stories rooted in the history of the region. The programmes target audiences of different interests and age groups, including children.

The Ministry of Culture and Youth announced the names of the winners of the 16th edition of Al Burda Award in an artistic evening that celebrated Islamic arts at the Dubai Exhibition Centre at Expo 2020 Dubai. The award consists of six different categories namely classical poetry, Nabati poetry, traditional calligraphy, modern calligraphy, ornamentation, and typographic design.

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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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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.

 

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