ADACH unveils plan for collection of cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi from DubaiCityGuide.com
Date: 18 July 2006
The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has unveiled a plan for the collection of non-material cultural heritage of the Abu Dhabi emirate. According to Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Chairman of ADACH, the four-phase plan will comprise four projects namely, compilation of an atlas and encyclopedia of popular heritage in Abu Dhabi emirate, re-activation and implementation of UNESCO convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions which was ratified by the UAE in 2003 and registration of falconry as world heritage. The fourth project, says Sheikh Sultan involves the collection and of data and display material on UAE traditional dress. "In order to implement these four project, we need a comprehensive survey and collection of non-material heritage in the emirate. This project is essential because our traditions are in a state of flux as a result rapid socio-economic changes. Therefore, the protection of our non-material cultural heritage is an absolute necessity as once said by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who observed that whoever does not have his past will not have any present", said Sheikh Sultan. Sheikh Sultan noted that both the atlas and the encyclopedia will serve as the repository to keep the local culture and traditions for the next generations.
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