Khalifa .. the patron saint of culture and the first supporter of creators

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For many years, the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, remain loyal to his people and his country, and support the cultural and creative sector through many initiatives aimed at consolidating the infrastructure of the sector as one to strengthen. of the basic pillars of society, where he believed God may have mercy on him, in the importance of man and his education. And he refined his cultural skills, and he remained, may God have mercy on him, the best support for the Emirati creator.

During the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the cultural and creative movement saw qualitative leaps, which became a beacon thanks to its guidelines and its remarkable interest in this sector, marking the inauguration of a number of landmarks, events and cultural initiatives watched. , including the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, which is an indication of the state’s prestige.

The years of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, were full of tolerance, reading, benevolence and renewal, and many initiatives that reflected the extent of the soft power of the Emirates.

The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s passion for reading, and his zeal to promote it among members of society, called him to launch the Year of Reading, which is one of the most important and prominent cultural initiatives he has undertaken in Launched in December 2015.

This initiative came with the aim of consolidating the culture of reading, science and knowledge in the hearts of citizens and residents of the country, making reading a daily habit and a way of life, as well as promoting an integrated national framework prepare to graduate a generation of readers familiar with all the cultures of the world.


Wide echoes The Year of Reading Initiative was able to achieve this among the local community, which at the time witnessed the launch of many strategic and diversified initiatives.

It also witnessed the launch of a number of reading activities and events that are carefully and meticulously designed to meet all the needs of the target groups, namely families, society, students and workers. The success of the Year of Reading Initiative contributed to the preparation of a ten-year national strategic plan for reading based on the pillars of 6 goals, 4 principles and 34 strategic initiatives, all of which sought to foster the love of reading and reading. consolidate as a daily practice and make reading a way of life in Emirati society by 2026, by, Foundations and skills of reading from early childhood, and the promotion of reading for children and adolescents through the education system.

The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s belief in the value of tolerance and the need to promote it on the ground was a guarantee to call 2019 the Year of Tolerance, in an effort to highlight the importance of this value and the highlight role of the state. play in promoting it at the local and international level, as it is an extension of the approach of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him. The launch of the Year of Tolerance, a unique initiative aimed at deepening the values ​​of tolerance, dialogue, acceptance of others and openness to different cultures.

The Year of Tolerance witnessed a focus on 5 axes, including deepening the values ​​of tolerance and openness to cultures and people in society by focusing on these values ​​for new generations, and consolidating the UAE’s position as a global capital for tolerance through a set of major initiatives and projects, as well as the deepening of cultural tolerance in the tissues of society through a set of different societal and cultural initiatives, the promotion of a discourse of tolerance and acceptance of the other through targeted media initiatives.

It took more than seven years to restore the New Napoleon Theater, located in the Palace of Fontainebleau in Paris, with the generosity of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace. The United Arab Emirates, and the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his great role in restoring the spirit of this historic landmark dating back to the eighteenth century, reflecting the interest he has in the care of culture and the preservation of heritage in the world.


The restoration of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theater was a rescue operation for the theater from oblivion and neglect 150 years after its closure, as this theater is a witness to the history of the beautifully built palace for visitors to the one- twentieth century.

The theater restoration process also reflects the UAE’s strategy in the field of cultural care and heritage conservation, and the conservation of rare works of art, due to its awareness of the importance of heritage and its conservation for present and future generations.

The shrewdness of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, may his soul rest in peace, to support the human heritage and preserve it from extinction, was evident on the ground, and this was represented by his continuous precepts to shape and develop the cultural . and heritage climate in the region and the world, and to work to support the cultural and heritage renaissance and to implement its activities, within an integrated infrastructure, driven by the legacy left by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul.


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