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‘Dawn of History’ exhibition in Abu Dhabi

(WAM) / 4 January 2011

Abu Dhabi - The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) is organising an exhibition next month at the Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain City to highlight a historic excavation by Danish archaeologists in Abu Dhabi between 1958 and 1972.

This exhibition will is jointly organised by ADACH and Moesgard Museum.

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADACH, said:’ADACH adopts a comprehensive view for Emirati culture and is preserving the tangible and intangible heritage of the region, while devoting many of it’s resources to protect the architectural and archaeological assets of Abu Dhabi. This exhibition ‘The Dawn of History’ is a prime example of ADACH’s work, and the Al Jahili Fort is an apt backdrop for such an event.’

Sheikh Sultan explained that the Moesgard Museum had explored the archaeology and traditional cultures of the Gulf countries for almost 60 years in cooperation with the local authorities, underscoring the importance of highlighting the UAE civilisation which is highlighted in this exhibition.

Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Advisor for Culture and Heritage in the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Director General of ADACH, said: ‘Shedding light on the historical excavation of Danish archaeologists in Abu Dhabi between 1958 and 1972 was part of the efforts to strengthen Emirati national identity and pride, while informing UAE citizens, residents and visitors of the rich history of Abu Dhabi.’

He stressed:’The preservation of the tangible heritage of Abu Dhabi and protecting it from disappearing is amongst one of the primary aims of ADACH’s strategy, stemming from the Abu Dhabi Government.

‘ADACH, in cooperation with all the relevant bodies, is studying policies for the protection of places of important cultural heritage to avoid any uncalculated expansion that would affect archaeological finds.’

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