The National Archives Receives the Participants in the UNESCO Memory of the World

The National Archives Receives the Participants in the UNESCO Memory of the World

The National Archives Receives the Participants in the UNESCO Memory of the World


The delegation participating in the 12th biennial meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World program has visited the National Archives headquarters and reviewed its role in preserving the memory of the nation, its efforts and modern work mechanisms since it collects and preserves the nation’s memory.

H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives, welcomed the delegation including senior UNESCO experts, heads of the archives, senior advisors and experts, and specialists in archiving and national libraries. He referred to the solid relations between the National Archives and the largest and most developed archives worldwide. H.E. emphasized the importance of sharing experiences between the archives and enhancing cooperation among them.

Dr. Elreyes informed the guest delegation of aspects of the National Archives’ history and development, which is attributed, as he indicated, to the significant attention and support of the wise leadership and of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the National Archives.

The delegation became acquainted with the National Archives’ objectives, vision, mission, and major projects to be implemented within the three-year strategic plan 2016-2018, which is in line with the U.A.E.’s 2021 Vision and which comes within the context of the Memory of the World program in terms of showing interest in the historical memory and preserving it. 

H.E. the Director-General took the guest delegation on a tour in Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Auditorium, which contains copies of historical documents, rare books, photographs, and old maps.

Then, the delegation watched a 3-D documentary film about “The U.A.E.: The Past, Present, and Future” in the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Virtual Reality Theatre.

Furthermore, the delegation visited the Presidential Archives Section, which contains photographs and films documenting the activities of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan, as well as the local and international activities of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the U.A.E. The Presidential Archives maintains, restores, montages, and digitizes old documentary films. It has more than 65,000 photos and more than 13,000 celluloids and it has received 3,500 films from Abu Dhabi Media Company. The delegation has also visited the National Archives’ Printing Press and learned about the advanced technologies on which the National Archives depends when performing its duties.

The delegation visited the National Archives’ Press, which includes modern printing machines that are used for printing the National Archives’ publications including books and periodicals, invitation and congratulation cards, labels and brochures, billboards and signboards, and anything else required for the National Archives’ activities and achievements. The Printing Press also meets the requirements of some external entities if mandated by the Senior Management.

At the end of the visit, the delegation members commended the National Archives and its advanced performance at collecting and preserving the memory of the Nation. They also praised the attention and hospitality with which they were received.