Heritage has been a mainstay of the UAE’s approach since its inception, an approach established by the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, and with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan accepts the presidency of the UAE, the file of heritage conservation and its development as an important component of national identity, and a feature of the Emirati personality.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s interest in heritage is not new. His Highness grew up with love for authenticity in all his vocabulary, adhering to and appreciating it, which was emphasized on many occasions by His Highness, as in his saying: “Heritage, in its material and moral aspects, is a pillar It is a fundamental pillar of the Emirati national identity, and one of the elements of community strength and empowerment. ”
His Highness also said: “We continue with Zayed’s approach to preserving the sustainability of heritage in its material and moral aspects so that it remains an essential pillar of the Emirati’s national identity.” These statements have been translated by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan into many initiatives aimed at supporting, preserving and consolidating heritage in society, and strengthening it in the hearts of future generations.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s interest in heritage was manifested in his sponsorship of many heritage events and festivals, including the Al Dhafra Heritage Festival, the Dalma Historical Festival, the Sheikh Zayed Festival, and the Liwa Date Festival, and His Highness’s prescriptions to develop these opportunities to contribute to the development of heritage and cultural tourism, and to attract visitors from around the world, translate the cultural vision of the emirate by preserving and reviving the heritage, the UAE’s civilized and to convey humanitarian message to the world, and the promotion of the values of loyalty and belonging through the practice of authentic Emirati heritage.
I’m a horse
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is also eager to visit the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Horse Riding Exhibition, which is held annually in the capital. From different countries of the world, to meet the participating exhibitors and organizers of the exhibition, and to see the development seen in recent years and the different activities and opportunities it presents each year.
In the field of fishing too; The Mohammed bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School was inaugurated in December 2016. It is the first specialized platform in the world to teach the art of Arabian falconry. At the time, the school welcomed the first group of students between the ages of seven and 17. .
The school has participated in major heritage events to promote its programs, most notably the Sheikh Zayed Festival, the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, and others.
On the UNESCO list
And the belief of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the United Arab Emirates, in the importance of his heritage, and the need to preserve it, preserve it and make it known to the world, so the tendency was to working with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to record vocabulary from the Emirati heritage, and indeed the efforts of the state have been successfully crowned, and over the past 11 years it has been able to 12 elements registered in UNESCO, as a human cultural heritage of mankind, namely falconry, Sadu, Al-Taghrooda, Al-Ayala, Majlis, Arabian coffee, Al-Razfa, Al-Azi, palm trees, Aflaj and camel racing, in addition to Arabic calligraphy. The Al Ain region in Abu Dhabi is also registered as a World Heritage Site, and includes six oases and archeological sites such as Bida Bint Saud, Jebel Hafeet and Hili. All these ancient sites testify to the continuous human habitation in this desert region since the Neolithic era, with its traces of many cultures. It goes back to prehistoric times.
hair in the foreground
To enhance the status of poetry, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, sponsored the “Million’s Poet” program and competition, which stemmed from an idea for His Highness, and in 2006 of was launched, and achieved a breakthrough. in the field of television heritage programs, which is the most expensive under this category.The winner of the first place receives the title of the millionth poet, in addition to the hair brigade and five million dirhams, while the second place winner gets four. million dirhams, the third gets three million dirhams, the fourth gets two million dirhams, the fifth gets one million dirhams, and the sixth gets 600 thousand dirhams.
From its launch until its tenth season in 2022, the program has contributed to giving the media the opportunity to appear in the initial 100 list, for more than 1,050 poets out of more than 15,000 poets that the jury has directly in its preliminary rounds, and 480 poets presented more than 1,370 poems during the broadcast. Live at Al Raha Beach Theater between a main poem or a matching poem, through 151 live broadcast episodes. This success also motivated the launch of a similar program for speaking poetry, “The Prince of Poets”.
As part of the interest in Emirati authenticity, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, instructed the establishment of a committee to manage cultural and heritage festivals and programs in Abu Dhabi. about heritage opportunities.
His Highness’s mandates included increasing the value of prizes and raising the categories of competitions and events held within these various festivals and heritage events to encourage citizens to participate in and support their efforts.
• 12 elements of heritage vocabulary that the UAE has managed to register on the “UNESCO” list.
• The “Million’s Poet” program and competition, stemming from an idea for His Highness, was launched in 2006, and made a breakthrough in the field of television heritage programs, which is the most expensive in this category.
• His Highness’s mission to develop opportunities that have contributed to the development of heritage and cultural tourism, and to attract visitors from around the world by preserving and reviving the heritage.
• Mohammed bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School opened in December 2016, and it is the first specialized platform in the world to teach the art of falconry.
• His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sponsored initiatives aimed at supporting, preserving and consolidating heritage in society, and strengthening it in the hearts of future generations.
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