National Archives to Present UAE History and Heritage in a Modern Technical Medium at the Sheikh Zayed Festival of 2014

National Archives to Present UAE History and Heritage in a Modern Technical Medium at the Sheikh Zayed Festival of 2014

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates is preparing to participate in the 5th Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival in al Wathba. The National Archives has added a technical dimension and smart applications to its gamut this year. Many of its archival treasures will be displayed via modern technologies such as 3D and interactive technologies. The first stand in the NA’s pavilion is the Memory of the Nation, which will showcase the history of the United Arab Emirates and the most important events by displaying pictures and documents.

The Memory of the Nation stand will promote identity and loyalty and allegiance to the homeland through presenting aspects of the life of Sheikh Zayed, the founding leader, and his great achievements such as establishing the Union, helping Emirati women in order to enable them to perform their duties towards

The National Archives’ pavilion will also include the UAE mountain environment and museums of some of the greatest personalities in UAE history such as the sailor Ahmad bin Majid, and the poet al Majidi bin Zahir.

The National Archives has added a modern technological dimension by using both interactive and 3D screens along with hundreds of photos and paintings that depict the historical landscape of the UAE. Many of these interactive technologies will be put for the use for the festival visitors. HE Dr. Abdulla El Reyes, the Director General of the National Archives, said, “The participation of the National Archives for the second year in the 5th Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival was based on the directives of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Archives, who urges the National Archives to constantly strengthen the students and the younger generation’s relationship with the UAE’s ancient history, and authentic heritage, as that will enhance their loyalty and belonging to the homeland and to its leaders and founding fathers.”

Dr. El Reyes added that these high directives are to strengthen national identity in the UAE community, which brings together more than two hundred nationalities and cultures. HE said that citizens need to highlight their culture and heritage among the segments of this community in order to enable these different nationalities to coexist with both Emiratis and UAE society.

His Excellency spoke of the National Archives’ interest in modern technologies to attract the visitors’ attention to the historical documents of the National Archives of which some of them will be displayed for the first time. The National Archives will display, in a special section, its publications which deal with the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region, so as to bridge the gap between it and the visitors, and to make its international archives, which contain millions of historical documents, an important source of scientific research.

The Director General promised that the National Archives will be on par with the festival, which carries the name of the great man who was able to build a prosperous nation in a record time. HE pointed to the great efforts the National Archives has exerted in order to excel in its proud national participation.