Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi inaugurates
‘A Touch of Heritage’ Exhibition
UAE’s beauty and diversity reflected by 66 participating artists in celebration of National Day
Abu Dhabi, 29 November 2017: The Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, in the presence of HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department, inaugurated today the art exhibition A Touch of Heritage, which is being held at Manarat Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in celebration of the UAE’s 46th National Day.
Running until 7th January 2018, the exhibition showcases the works of 66 artists of different nationalities, who have been inspired by the aesthetics of the Emirates’ environment to create works of art through various media, such as photography, traditional and digital painting, drawing and other contemporary art forms. Combining different art schools under one theme, the exhibition highlights the close connection between art and its surrounding environment, reflecting sentiments of belonging, pride and aspiration for a promising future.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “A Touch of Heritage exhibition embraces a very special collection of artworks that were formed through a diversity of technical elements and artistic approaches, all expressive of love for the UAE. The Department of Culture and Tourism is keen on enhancing Abu Dhabi’s position as a thriving cultural hub, by providing suitable platforms for artistic expression for all segments of the society, and further enriching the variety and vitality of the art scene in the Emirate.
Through its second edition, the exhibition manifests the Department’s commitment to the protection and preservation of heritage as means to strengthen national pride and cultural awareness, while also supporting the growth of the cultural scene in Abu Dhabi and the country.
The exhibition is the second instalment of ‘A Touch of Heritage’ with the inaugural display launching at the National Theatre in November 2015.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “This exhibition brings together several generations of artists from different backgrounds and cultures, and emphasises the deep appreciation both Emiratis and residents have for the UAE. It celebrates our country’s unique characteristics, the values and symbols it stands for, and its beautiful environment, where artists of different nationalities and orientations got the chance to express feelings of pride, patriotism and hope for a bright future.”
The exhibition will be open daily from 8am to 8pm.
About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi 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 & 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.