UAE to Host Conference of Arab Culture Ministers in 2020

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CAIRO, October 16th, 2018 (WAM) — Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Uited Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has announced that the UAE will host the 22nd Conference of Arab Culture Ministers in 2020, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) and the UAE’s hosting of the world’s arts and culture at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The Minister made this announcement during her speech at the 21st Conference of Arab Ministers in Cairo, titled ‘The Arab Cultural Project in the Face of Current Challenges,’ where she said that the conference will provide an important opportunity for Arab culture to blend with global cultures.

In her speech, Al Kaabi referred to the role of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in building friendly relations with countries, stressing on the importance of preserving the cultural heritage in the Arab countries. “The UAE is aligned with the direction of the ALECSO in the preservation of cultural heritage as it represents our values. In view of the risks to which this heritage is exposed, the process of preserving and protecting it from theft and systematic destruction have become a collective responsibility, especially in areas targeted by terrorist groups,” she added.

Al Kaabi said that the UAE has cooperated with Iraq and UNESCO to launch the restoration project of the Al Nuri Mosque and Minaret Al-Hadaba. This project is an example of constructive cooperation in protecting heritage and carries hope for Moslawis (residents of Mosul) in reviving their city and spreading the culture of peace against terrorism. Al Kaabi invited all Arab countries to participate in the reconstruction of the Iraqi city of Mosul and other endangered sites in the Arab world.

The Minister also emphasised the importance of collaboration among Arab countries in inscribing components of Arab culture on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity to spread, promote and revive Arab heritage as a legacy for future generations.

Al Kaabi concluded her speech by highlighting the importance of Arab cultural collaboration through a series of common initiatives and projects, in addition to promoting bilateral relationships between Arab states. (WAM)