ABU DHABI, 29th April, 2019 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today received at Qasr Al Bahr the participants in the meetings of the International Council on Archives and Forum of National Archivists.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed expressed hope that the meetings will be a steppingstone for ensuring robust synergy in preserving and recording humanitarian heritage and promoting dialogue and knowledge transfer as well as exchange of expertise in applying best practices in the field of archiving and documenting the national psyche.
“The importance of archiving lies in its central role in preserving national psyche, while recording people’s history and providing a sound basis for the future,” said Sheikh Mohamed.
The participants expressed their appreciation for the UAE’s hosting of the meetings and the country’s eminent role in protecting and documenting human history.
Attending the meeting at Qasr Al Bahr Majlis were H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region; H.H. Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, and a number of senior officials and UAE citizens.
The participants’ delegation included David Fricker, President of the International Council on Archives, as well as top archivists from Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Canada, UK along with Dr. Abdulla M. Al Raisi, Director General of the UAE National Archives.
The National Archives is hosting on April 27th – May 3rd the preparatory meetings for International Council on Archives 2020 Congress which occasion inspiring strategic talks and presentations focused on topics of great interest for national archivists, in the presence of high-profile speakers and keynotes, interactive sessions, discussions and networking opportunities aimed at building capacity in addressing 21st Century archival challenges.