Gandhi-Zayed digital museum opens in Abu Dhabi
Sushma Swaraj pays tribute in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi during her visit at the India Social Centre in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. - Photo by Ryan Lim
Abu Dhabi - The facility is still in its initial phase and will be reopened in a full-fledged manner with more elements by March.
The Gandhi-Zayed Digital Exhibition, the first joint digital initiative between the UAE and India, was opened in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India, opened the exhibition along with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The leaders, along with Noura Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE; Dr Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India; and other senior government officials toured the exhibition at Manarat Al Sadiyaat, where 20 LCD screens displayed the messages, teachings and philosophies of both leaders.
Sheikh Abdullah said the exhibition will contribute towards conveying the philosophy of the two great leaders to the future generations, enabling them to learn about their lives, achievements and deeds.
Swaraj said both the visionary leaders, with their love for humanity and indomitable spirit, continue to inspire everyone.
"The enunciation of peace, tolerance and sustainable living by Mahatma Gandhi and the UAE's founder Sheikh Zayed has been portrayed beautifully at the exhibition. I am delighted to jointly attend the launch of this exhibition with Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 100th year of Sheikh Zayed," she said.
The exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in cooperation with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museums.
Noura Al Kaabi said the exhibition is designed in a way that goes beyond the concept of a traditional exhibition. "It is a cultural forum that promotes cultural exchanges and dialogue among peoples and takes visitors on a journey entitled love, the nation, and wise leadership, through the values of peace, tolerance and fraternity," she said.
Bigger exhibition by March
Birad Rajaram Yajnik, who has curated the museum in Abu Dhabi, told Khaleej Times the facility is still in its initial phase and will be reopened in a full-fledged manner with more elements by March.
"Both the visionary leaders had dedicated their lives for the people. Mahatma Gandhi got India independence and Sheikh Zayed unified all the emirates. It is the most important common factor between them. We have encompassed both leaders in different fields themed: Dedicated Custodians, Inspirational Orators, Devoted Peacemakers, Visionary Changemakers, Passionate Humanitarians and Resilient Leaders. These six qualities bind both the leaders."
The exhibition will easily connect with today's youth, said Yajnik, who has also curated Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi and Hyderabad.
The exhibition is open to public for a week.
What, Where, When
What: Gandhi-Zayed Digital Exhibition
Where: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
When: December 4 to 10