As we maintain pride in our rich history and deep cultural heritage,
we are forging ahead with numerous initiatives aimed at fostering
creativity, intercultural dialogue and cultural exchange.
These aims reflect core aspects of the legacy of the father of the
nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. 2018 marked the
centenary of his birth, an occasion celebrated through the Year of
Zayed, an initiative which reinforced our commitment to furthering his
mission of protecting and promoting our cultural heritage. During the
year, programmes and events inspired by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan were incorporated into key moments of the cultural calendar,
and reflected in exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events that
celebrated his life and achievements.
In the spirit of the Founding Father, we have continued to develop the
emirate’s cultural scene The past 12 months were memorable for our
museum sector, as Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrated both its one-year
anniversary and the milestone of one million visitors. Its continued
programming of special exhibitions, workshops, talks, and musical
events attracted a very diverse audience from across the globe.
In the World Heritage Site of Al Ain, the innovative design for the
restoration of the Al Ain Museum was unveiled. In December, a the
much-anticipated launch of the national monument of Abu DhabiQasr
Al Hosn opened its doors within the Al Hosn site. The original urban
block of the city, Al Hosn features the oldest and most significant landmark,
Qasr Al Hosn, now transformed into a museum narrating the history of the
emirate and its people.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak
Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
2018 Annual Report - Vol 1 - Culture
2018 Annual Report - Vol 2 - Tourism