the Smithsonian Institution Delegation and the UAE Embassy representative in
Washington visit the most prominent historical and heritage sites in Al Ain
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 25th October 2017: A delegation from the Smithsonian Institution along with the UAE Embassy representatives in Washington visited a number of archaeological and historic sites in the Al Ain Region. The visit, organised, by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, included the sites of Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Qattara Arts Centre.
The delegation was briefed on the historic, cultural, touristic and social importance of the Al Ain Region, and the importance of this Al Ain, especially in conserving its cultural heritage and national identity.
The visit, which was organised to strengthen bilateral relations between the Smithsonian Institution and the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, and to create new opportunities to benefit from the Institution’s educational and cultural programmes.
Al Ain continues to conserve its authentic Emirati spirit, its traditions and cultural heritage and provides its visitors with an entrancing cultural experience featuring its heritage sites, ancient fortresses, museums, heritage markets and ancient oases, which still cradle fruit-bearing palm trees.
The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institution (consisting of a group of museums) funded and administered by the US government, in addition to funds it receives from donations and the profits of its stores and magazine.
About the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.