The partnership entails a series of events encompassing discussion on a diverse range of topics, stimulating dialogue and exploration of various facets of literature and cultural development. The cultural days will be programmed according to themes, such as Translation, Technology in Education, and archiving practices to curate conversations that are insightful and meaningful.
Ahlam Bolooki, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation, expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “This partnership signifies the Foundation’s commitment to provide audiences with dynamic cultural experiences that showcase the richness and diversity of literature, foster dialogue and shape a brighter future for generations to come. We look forward to working closely with the National Library and Archives and embarking on this transformative journey together.”
HE Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Director General of the National Library and Archives, remarked, “The National Library and Archives is pleased to meet you at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the cultural event of which we are all proud, to sign the cultural and scientific program agreement with the Emirates Literature Foundation. We hope that this agreement opens the gates for knowledge economy and upholds cooperation ensuring integration between the objectives of both the National Library and Archives and the Emirates Literature Foundation”, The linchpins of this agreement herald greater cultural prosperity that adds enormously to the collections of the National Library, which we are in the process of establishing and building up its collections. Simultaneously, these linchpins will strengthen cooperation between civilizations and will be a bridge of acculturation between the UAE and the peoples of the world.” he added.
Isobel Abulhoul OBE, Founder, Advisor, and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with the National Library and Archives to curate an engaging cultural program that promotes literary exploration and deepens our understanding of cultural heritage. Together, we will create an immersive experience for visitors, fostering dialogue and inspiring a love for literature.”
The Emirates Literature Foundation and National Library and Archives invite all literary enthusiasts, researchers, students, and the general public, to participate in these thought-provoking cultural events. Further details, including dates, timings, and registration information, will be available in due course.
About the Emirates Literature Foundation
The Emirates Literature Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures a love of literature in the United Arab Emirates and the region, through a programme of varied cultural initiatives.
Established in 2013 by Royal Decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Foundation aims to foster a love for literature, with a focus on the Arabic language.
In line with the National Reading Policy of the UAE, the Foundation has implemented several long-term projects including the School Librarian of the Year Award, Kateb Maktub, and From the Inside Out, as well as conducting year-round student education programmes, book clubs and mentorship programmes. The Foundation’s previous initiatives included the 2020 International Literary Festivals Conference, the 2017 Dubai International Publishing Conference and the 2016 Dubai Translation Conference.
The Foundation is also the governing body of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literary festival.
About the National Library and Archives
The National Library and Archives: The Oldest and Richest Archive Relating To the Arabian Gulf Region.
In just over fifty years, the National Library and Archives has achieved a pioneer status as the first of its kind in the Middle East and the sixth in the world, due to its adoption of the latest technologies available to accomplish its mission. It is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the United Arab Emirates and the largest documentation organization in the Arabian Gulf region. In addition to its role in documentation and archiving, the National Library and Archives provides intellectuals with a variety of publications that explore both authentic cultural and contemporary issues in history and heritage.
The National Library and Archives collects valuable historical material relating to the United Arab Emirates in particular and the Arabian Gulf states in general. It also documents, indexes and translates the material collected, based on which it publishes specialized historical research. Moreover, it hosts and organizes local, regional and international conferences and symposiums, in addition to holding related exhibitions both locally and abroad.