ZCHH plan to publish dialects dictionary

AL AIN - The necessity of verifying the sources of UAE history was highlighted at a symposium titled "Sources of Written UAE History" organised by the Al Ain-based Zayed Centre for Heritage and History (ZCHH) at Al Ain Rotana Hotel on Saturday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 5 May 2003, 12:51 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

Dr Hassan Al Naboodah, ZCHH Director, who addressed the opening ceremony, said the centre is planning to publish a dictionary of UAE colloquial dialect, an encyclopaedia on the UAE antiquities and a book on Al Ain aflajs (the traditional irrigation system).

Dr Al Naboodah extended his gratitude to the UAE University for its co-operation with the centre in different fields. The one-day symposium was attended by a number of national and Arab historians, media personnel and scholars who presented ten papers covering topics such as the history of the UAE in British documents; verbal history as a means to study the history of the region; journalism as a source of history; poetry and history; the history of south Arabia in the writings of the western historians and the sources of UAE architectural history.

A paper titled "Journalism as a source of written history", presented by Dr. Mohammed Fatih Zaal of ZCHH, highlighted the deep differences between historians and journalists to adopt the daily newspapers and magazines as sources of written history.

The paper said that the first weekly publication in the UAE, Majalt Akhbar Dubai (Dubai news magazine), was brought out by Dubai Municipality in January 1966, featuring the cultural, social, economic and political life not only in the UAE but all over the Gulf and Arab region.

The paper highlighted the problems facing UAE social issues like marriage of UAE national men to foreign women, divorce and women's employment.

The research observed that a lot of women took part in editing and expressing their opinions through the publication in anonymity. The majority of male writers and readers were in favour of women being kept at home and not allowed to work, the paper said.

The study also pointed out that first girls' school was established by a number of Egyptians and Palestinian expatriate women in I954 and the year 1969 witnessed the first UAE national woman to be sent abroad for her B.Sc. degree from Cairo university. Dr. Mohammed Fatih Zaal felt that newspapers and magazines are dependable sources to record the UAE history.

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