A Delegation of 100 Students from 19 Countries Tour Prominent Historical Sites in Al Ain with H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui
Abu Dhabi, 28 November 2017: A delegation of 100 students from 19 countries with H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of Youth in the UAE, has visited historical sites in the Al Ain Region. The visit, organised by Crown Prince Court, included touring Al Ain Oasis and Al Ain Palace Museum, which are managed by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
As the second largest region in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the first site in the UAE to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the delegation was introduced to the great historical, cultural and social significance of Al Ain. They also explored the various efforts of the Department in preserving the country’s cultural heritage and national identity for future generations, and how they affect the Emirate’s position in the fields of culture and economic development.
As one of the Department’s top strategic priorities, the visit provided an opportunity to enhance a cultural dialogue between the UAE and other countries, presenting the international delegation to the country’s history of tolerance and openness to other cultures.
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 tour also emphasised the harmonious relationship between the city and its oases, which are regarded to this day as an important cultural repertoire, not only for their environmental worth, but also for the cultural value they uphold. The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi endeavors in sustaining these oases and resuscitating their vibrant role within Al Ain’s community, through implementing programmes that support further integrating them into the urban and social structure of the city.
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 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.