The National Archives organizes activities in the Western Region

The National Archives organizes activities in the Western Region

The National Archives organizes activities in the Western Region


The National Archives showed special interest in the Western Region so it started organizing its activities in several fields; the most significant fields were the educational programs, the visit of the national campaign for documenting the personal records “Watheq” to Liwa villages, organizing the archives of the official entities in the Western Region and collecting and documenting the oral history.
The National Archives’ interest in the Western Region comes as a response to the instructions of H.H. Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region. The National Archives sent specialists to deliver national lectures in (Al Shomoukh Summer) Center in Al Marfa and (Al Shomoukh) Secondary School in Al Marfa in addition to (Baya Al Sila) and (Al Sila) schools in Al Sila. More than 1100 students, teachers and parents had attended these lectures. The national lectures provided by the National Archives for the students focus on the historical facts that enhance the collective identity and national consolidation and support the concepts with documents, photos and testimonies taken from the biographies and quotations of the great men who established the Union and maintained the march of development and giving. Thus, the National Archives contributes in providing school students with the sound national education, fostering the national identity pillars and reinforces its values among the students as well as introducing them to the basics of national action. The lectures delivered in the Western Region schools were “Identity, Loyalty and Belonging. High National Values”, “The Three UAE Islands, A Proven Emirati Right” and “Scientific Research Methods”.
On another sphere, a team of representatives of the national campaign for documenting the personal records “Watheq” from the National Archives visited Liwa to spread awareness about “Watheq” campaign, its objectives and the role of the National Archives in protecting the UAE’s history and preserving its documentary heritage. The campaign is concerned with preserving the UAE’s history and its ancient past in a suitable place in order to be available for the next generations so it becomes a source of knowledge for them and a concrete evidence of the authenticity of the UAE’s people. The National Archives distributed “Watheq” boxes to the citizens in Liwa to encourage them to preserve their personal documents.
As part of its aspirations towards the organization of the UAE’s official archives and the adoption of the best international standards by the federal and local government entities, the National Archives organized a number of the official entities’ archives in the Western Region or its affiliates and the most significant archives were those of the Western Region Municipality, Department of Municipal Affairs, Western Region Development Council, Madinat Zayed Hospital in the Western Region and Western Educational Zone.
The National Archives believes in the importance of the Western Region’s history, its heritage and the vividness of the live of its people in the past, therefore it sent some specialists in oral history interviews to the Western Region, especially during the significant festivals and events such as Liwa Date Festival and Al Dhafrah Camel Festival. The National Archives’ specialists met a number of old people who lived the hard life during the period before the establishment of the union who depended on agriculture in the Western Region oases. The specialists listened to them and documented the events they witnessed, their professions in the past, the hard life they tolerated because of their patriotism and how they moved to the neighboring countries searching for means of living. They emphasized the importance of the forts and heritage towers in the people’s life. The interviews considered the characteristics of the life in the Western Region in the past as an important part of the UAE’s past.