‘Hajj: Memories of A Journey’ embodies creative cooperation

ABU DHABI, 6th March, 2018 (WAM) — With more than 182 Artefacts from 15 local and international collections, the exhibition, ‘Hajj: Memories of A Journey’, embodies creative cooperation between cultural institutions.

The exhibition, held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, SZGMC, at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The works include rare Islamic manuscripts, archival photographs, antiquities, historical artefacts and classical and contemporary works of art on loan from leading cultural institutions and private lenders from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah and Umm Al Qaiwain, highlighting the wealth of historical artefacts and the country’s mission of preserving and promoting local heritage.

It also includes private collections, collectables and Hajj souvenirs provided by community members. These have been divided into six sections in the exhibition, exploring the importance of the Holy Quran, the five pillars of Islam which are sealed with Hajj and its holy rituals, as well as showcasing the beginning of the spread of Islam and telling the story of its arrival in the region.

Yousif Al Obaidli, Director-General of SZGMC, said, “This exhibition is the first of its kind to tell the history of the pilgrims’ journey from the UAE to Mecca, and to describe the rituals, customs and tradition of this holy pilgrimage. This exhibition offers an opportunity to promote tolerance and cultural exchange between different generations and visitors from different cultures. It allows us to learn about the historical heritage of the UAE and the development of Islam and Hajj as an important pillar of the faith in the region.”

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director-General of DCT Abu Dhabi, said that the exhibition reflects the cultural cooperation and coordination between the UAE’s leading cultural institutions to gather a unique collection in-line with the Department’s efforts to preserve and promote the Emirate’s rich historic heritage.

“Celebrating the customs and traditions of the Muslim world, the loaned artworks provide us with a distinctive chance to narrate the spiritual journey of Hajj, promote the globally unifying concepts of Islam that centre around cultural dialogue and openness amongst different cultures, generations and backgrounds, and also to introduce visitors to the historic legacy and the universal values of Islam,” he added.

Local institutions include the Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi Media Centre, Zayed Centre, Dubai Municipality, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Umm Al Qaiwain Museum, and the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation. A number of prominent collectors also loaned objects to be displayed as part of the exhibition including, Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, founder of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library, along with the archives of Noor Ali Rashid.

The exhibition is open daily from 09:00 to 21:00, and from 16:00 to 22:00 on Fridays.

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