DUBAI, 11th April, 2018 (WAM) — The 2nd Annual Heritage Conference was inaugurated under the Patronage of Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, President of Zayed University at Zayed University Dubai Campus today.
The two-day event, titled ‘Dubai Historical Documents Conference’ was organised by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University with Dubai Municipality and sponsored by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC).
The conference, which showcased original historical documents, was a vibrant platform for scientific dialogue between specialists from various fields. It reviewed the history of Dubai and the turning points the emirate has lived, and sailed through the rich plethora of original documents.
Many discussions were conducted around the best ways and modern dedicated technology tools to preserve these historical documents, or in other words, “The true inspirational treasure chests preserved to our present and future generations,” said Prof. Reyadh Al Mehaideb, Vice-President of Zayed University.
“We acknowledge and honour all efforts paid by our great leaders to the development of our citizens through education, therefore, we place high priority and responsibility to maintain the achievements cycle and development witnessed in all fields of our beloved nation today.”
Representing the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Center, Rashid bin Makhan, Executive Vice President, honored the Zayed University students for their excellent contribution to the third annual Heritage Scientific Research Competition, and acknowledged all efforts made by faculty members and staff for their great tribute to publishing the 3rd issue of the ‘Emirates Flashes’ magazine, published by the HHC center.
“The magazine, which included the students research projects, ran under the supervision of Dr. Asma Obaid, Assistant Professor the ZU college of Humanities and Social Sciences, it includes five main research areas, ranging from marriage and social relations to the methods of education and childhood.
Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al Shehhi, Chairman, Dubai Municipality Historical Documents Center, said during his speech that the center, which hosts over “100,000 historical documents, was established back in 2016 to collect and acquire historical documents of Dubai as well as oversee the restoration of historical documents and preserve them from damage and loss, and prepare historical and documentary studies about the emirate.”
The event aimed to advance the study of the emirate’s early history with the intention of making them accessible to researchers, students and the general public. Moreover, it highlighted the raise the level of heritage appreciation, boost cultural literacy, bridged the generation gap, and instilled the sense of patriotism among the new generation by teaching them lessons from the founding fathers.