the National Archives opens new pages of Bani Yas history at the Qasr al-Hosn Festival

the National Archives opens new pages of Bani Yas history at the Qasr al-Hosn Festival

Displaying its publications and rare books, and equipping its platform with state-of-the-art technologies
the National Archives opens new pages of Bani Yas history at the Qasr al-Hosn Festival

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates participated in the 2015 Qasr al-Hosn Festival. Its platform, using the latest technology, displayed the history of the UAE starting from the fort itself. The NA also showcased its publications and a number of old and rare books.

The NA presented the story of the fort, which symbolizes the establishment of Abu Dhabi and its heritage on the latest in-wall screens to the visitors of the festival at its current session, which began 11th of February. The National Archives showed festival visitors a number of old books and rare maps, and its participation enriched visitors’ knowledge with pages from the UAE history  in general and Abu Dhabi's history and the Bani Yas tribe in particular.
HE Dr. Abdulla El Reyes, Director General of the National Archives, said that the NA has been interested in participating in Qasr al-Hosn Festival with many activities since its first session because of the strong bond between the palace and the Archives. Qasr al-Hosn was the birthplace of the National Archives which was established originally under the name of the “Documents and Research Bureau" in 1968 upon the directives of the founding leader Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Through its participation this year, the National Archives offered important pages of our history using modern and sophisticated screens.
Through celebrating UAE history, the NA confirms the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, "We are not a backup nation in history; we are ancient people with established splendors in the past, and who will also build a glorious future, we have been deeply rooted in this good land for thousands of years.”
This timeless saying is the National Archives’ focal point of interest; the NA exhibited maps that illustrate the authenticity of our history in the festival. The most outstanding of these is Gastaldi's highly influential and rare map of 1559 which was translated into Turkish. The Liwa area is seen on the map with its old name, in addition to the name of Yas Arab for the first time. It records that the dwellers of this region are members of the Yas tribe, describing them as wise and kind people. The NA also presented a number of very old and rare books such as Kashf Al Ghumma al akhbar Al Umma, “Viaggio dell'Indie orientali” by Gasparo Balbi, and a dossier from the Bombay Government records that dates back to 1761 which contains a brief history of the Bani Yas tribe and others.