The National Archives and the Al Ain Club sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The National Archives and the Al Ain Club sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Aiming to collect, document, and preserve the sports archive of Al Ain Sports Club for the first time
The National Archives and the Al Ain Club sign a Memorandum of Understanding

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates and the Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club signed a memorandum of understanding under the directives of the senior management of the Al Ain Club, aiming at collecting, documenting and preserving the paper and electronic archive of the club, including photos, documents, maps and films that review its grand journey. This is the first experiment of its kind in terms of preserving and documenting a sports archive in the state.
H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives and H.E. Hamad Nekheirat Al Amri, the Managing Director of the Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club, signed the MoU at a press conference held yesterday, Sunday, December 6 at the National Archives’ pavilion of Memory of the Nation in Zayed Heritage Festival. Some members of the Al Ain Club board and of the National Archives’ senior management were present.
By virtue of this MoU, the National Archives shall take over the responsibility of applying international standards in the field of conservation, documentation and archiving. This includes the provision of advisory, technical and training expertise to develop the efficiency of the staff in the Archives Department of the Al Ain Club, while the club shall submit copies of archival materials such as pictures, documents and maps to the National Archives to hold them and provide all the necessary preservation and safety conditions.
In his speech at the press conference, H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the National Archives welcomed the collaboration with the Al Ain Club, stressing that the sports archive, which documents the march and the development of the sport in the state, is an important part of the state archives that the National Archives keeps. H.E. added that the local and international accomplishments of the U.A.E. sports are worth archiving and preserving for posterity as this reinforces sports in general. It urges sports clubs to strive to win more victories that will be kept in the nation’s record for eternity, passed through to generations and cited by researchers and all those concerned with writing the U.A.E. sports history.
The National Archives’ Director-General expressed his wish that the collaboration between the National Archives and the Al Ain Sports Club be an example followed by all local sports clubs to organize their archives and document their accomplishments, thus joining the memory of the nation. Dr. Elreyes expressed his happiness to sign the MoU emphasizing that it will make available the information required from the archive of the Al Ain Club in record time. Thus, it becomes the haven for researchers and those concerned with sports affairs. H.E. stressed the importance of long-term preservation of sport documents in storage media that follow most recent methods and international standards. H.E. thanked the administration of the Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club for their responsiveness and collaboration; he highly appreciated the position of the Al Ain Club in the U.A.E. and hoped that both parties achieve the MoU desired objectives.
H.E. Hamad Nekheirat Al Amri gave a speech in the press conference emphasizing the important role the National Archives plays in establishing an electronic platform that documents the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates in particular and the Gulf region in general. H.E. thanked the National Archives for its keenness on enhancing cooperation with the Al Ain Club emphasizing that this agreement will open wider horizons of strategic partnerships in training, setting archiving policies and exchanging experiences.
  H.E. Hamad Nekheirat Al Amri described the agreement as the first step on the way to perpetuate the most important moments in the history of the Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club. He said that today we lay the groundwork for the early stages of documenting the history of this grand club that gained several championships and stood on the winning podium repeatedly since its establishment in 1968. Its corridors saw the great pioneers of the sports, generation after generation, and its walls embraced moments of victory, challenge and stories that embodied the meanings of will and determination. Dedicated leaders managed it so that today we stand in front of a giant sports body that is the main source of joy and happiness for all the sons of the nation over the years.
Al Ameri added that, with this strategy we confirm to Al Ain fans and to all sports fans in the state that not only does the Al Ain Club management look forward to the future and move steadily towards keeping up-to-date to realize the indicators of professional success, but it also considers the past a historical value that lights the path for next generations and a significant source of motivation for more effort and giving. Documenting and archiving history is the foundation to continue the process started by veteran pioneers and shouldered by current generation of administrators and players. This process will be maintained by the upcoming generation in which values of dedication, hard work and loyalty to the Al Ain Club as a means to hoist high the U.A.E. flag in regional and international forums.
It is noteworthy that this agreement comes within the framework of the efforts exerted to have the journey of the Al Ain Club chronicled by the National Archives in accordance with the highest technical specifications, presenting it in historic manuscripts, maps, and cups that reflect the Club’s rich history of victories and achievements. Thus, the Club avails its fans and all sports fan of a model museum that takes them in a historic journey through time to experience the moments of glory and pride and renew their vows of loyalty and belonging.