'Sheikh Zayed and Europe: A Journey' opens to public
The exhibition is open to the public seven days a week from 9 am to 10 pm.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday inaugurated the 'Sheikh Zayed and Europe: A Journey' exhibition at The Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi.
Organised by the European Union Delegation to the UAE and the Austrian and Bulgarian Presidencies of the Council of the EU for the year 2018, the exhibition, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will run until 31st December, 2018.
Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Special Advisor to the Austrian Federal Chancellor attended the opening ceremony along with Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council, Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, government officials, the Ambassadors of 25 EU Member States present in the UAE, and 150 other VIP guests.
The exhibition was organised in collaboration with more than 16 Emirati and International organisations.
Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of the exhibition and its role in shedding light on Sheikh Zayed's pioneering efforts in establishing a strong and strategic relationship between the UAE and EU countries.
In a statement on the occasion, Sheikh Abdullah said, "Sheikh Zayed was inspired by what he saw in Europe, and wanted the same for his people. And with the new revenues generated by oil sales, he was able to embark upon major construction and development projects at home, to ensure that the people benefitted from their wealth, and to work for unity and federation in the region."
In his welcoming address, EU Ambassador to the UAE, Patrizio Fondi said, "In celebration of the Year of Zayed, we are very happy to be organising this exceptional exhibition under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow the residents of the UAE to revisit Sheikh Zayed's historic relationship with Europe and to know more about the UAE's strong ties to the European Union.
"The EU and the UAE are both united in diversity and the exhibition has been specially designed to take visitors on a sentimental journey that includes rare photos, short films, personal items and quotes from the founding father's trips to Europe starting in the early 1950s.
"The exhibition features more than 50 items to question our eyes and minds: among the special items is Sheikh Zayed's vaccination card including his hand writing dating to 1951! Visitors will also get the chance to try Sheikh Zayed's perfume."
Minister of State, Zaki Nusseibeh said, "This exhibition is very special to me as it pays a special tribute to Sheikh Zayed, who was instrumental in establishing strong ties between the UAE and the EU, based on the key values of friendship and unity in diversity."
Yousef Al Obaidli, Director General of The Founder's Memorial, said, "We are delighted to host this collection of precious artefacts, which reflects the fondness with which the late Sheikh Zayed is remembered around the world. The founding father travelled extensively, extending a sincere hand of friendship and cultivating personal connections throughout Europe and beyond. This new exhibition complements the visitor experience at The Founder's Memorial, and will enable visitors to learn more about Sheikh Zayed's journey as a renowned global statesman, whose visionary leadership remains a source of inspiration to us all."
A line of workshops and talks about different topics will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition for attendees as young as 5 year olds and older.
The 'Sheikh Zayed and Europe: A Journey' exhibition is open to the public 7 days a week from 9 am to 10 pm. Entry is free and group tours can be arranged by calling 0568888969 or emailing SZandEurope@gmail.com.
The exhibition is sponsored by Total, Emirates Motor Company and AlBadie Group, with Abu Dhabi Media as the official media partner.