The National Archives and Isa Cultural Center Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The National Archives and Isa Cultural Center Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The National Archives and Isa Cultural Center Sign a Memorandum of Understanding


The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Isa Cultural Center of the Kingdom of Bahrain to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of archiving and preservation of history, and to transfer the National Archives’ experience in preserving the nation's memory to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The MOU was signed at the headquarters of the National Archives in Abu Dhabi by HE Dr. Abdulla El Reyes, Director General of the National Archives, and on behalf of the Bahraini side, Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Executive Director at Isa Cultural Center.
The MOU aims to pursue the enrichment of both sides’ documentary heritage sets with acquisitions related to UAE history and the Kingdom of Bahrain, and then indexing and digitizing them, in addition to making them available to users in both countries. The MOU also seeks to enhance common programs and activities related to both parties’ functions serving their aspirations. It includes an agreement to exchange archiving experts and specialists, and implementing a training programs that will serve the interests of both parties.
During the MOU signing ceremony, HE Director General of the National Archive said, “The fraternal bond and the common historical relations between the UAE and Bahrain grow with time, and they undergo progress and prosperity thanks to the directives of the wise leaderships of the two countries, entailing a strategic dimension to the present note, especially since we in the National Archives care for collecting and archiving documents relevant to history of the GCC countries in the Gulf region. This common task will enrich the National Archives and Isa Cultural Center with a wealth of historical and information documents that enhance national identity and establish it in the age of globalization.”
Dr. El Reyes said, “We welcome the cooperation with the Isa Cultural Center, which is looking forward to transfer the National Archives’ experience to the Kingdom of Bahrain in order to promote interest in the documents that help sincere and logical historical studies in support of rights and facts.” He expressed his happiness that the content and objectives of the MOU, which are consistent with the NA’s efforts to preserve the memory of the nation for generations in addition to collecting documents and overseeing their preservation and archiving in accordance with the scientific principles. Thus, they are used for public interest and contribute to the dissemination of cultural and historical awareness, in addition to making research areas available to largest number wishing to take advantage of the informative material.
HE indicated that through this MOU the National Archives is looking forward to fruitful partnership that promotes good citizenship practices and the values of society in both countries.

Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Executive Director at Isa Cultural Center stressed the importance of continued joint efforts between the two sides in enhancing fraternal ties in general, and particularly the historical dimension between the two brotherly peoples who share a common culture and history.
Sheikh Khalid expressed his happiness to have signed the MOU because of its expected impact to enrich the holdings of Isa Cultural Center with historical versions and documents that monitor essential issues in the history of Bahrain. He pointed out that it will contribute cultural development and will support the cultural movement, particularly at the level of interest in studies related to the two countries, which in turn would consolidate the national and Arab identity against globalization.
The MOU included an agreement to cooperate in promoting cultural exchanges such as seminars, conferences, workshops, and training of cadres, scientific seminars and trips, and archival exhibits.

It should be noted that this memorandum will be effective for three years, and is automatically renewable unless parties agreed to cancel it.