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The National Library and Archives organizes the 2nd Emirates International Oral History Conference
The National Library and Archives organizes the 2nd Emirates International Oral History Conference
Sunday 24 September ,2023

Under the theme “The Sustainability of Inherited and Orally Transmitted Concepts and Practices,” 
The National Library and Archives organizes the 2nd Emirates International Oral History Conference 

The National Library and Archives’ preparations for the Second Emirates International Oral History Conference are underway. As the NLA oversees recording and preserving living memory, this conference comes as a culmination of its efforts to document oral narratives and complement written history and historical cognitive vision. 
In line with the announcement of 2023 as the Year of Sustainability by our wise leadership, the second edition of Emirates International Oral History Conference will be held under the theme "The Sustainability of Inherited and Orally Transmitted Concepts and Practices”.
The 2nd Emirates International Oral History Conference, scheduled to be held on October 25, 2023, aims at collaborating with international and Arab institutions and bodies to explore new opportunities for communication and exchange of experiences, and take advantage of successful practises. It also aims to find out about the latest technologies, practices and publications that promote oral history projects and its documentation methodologies.
The National Library and Archives invited experts and specialists to present their research on topics such as “Oral heritage and its sustainability to foresee the future”, “Elements, mechanisms and procedures for archiving personal stories and tales”, “Narratives told by performance arts such as Al-Ardah and Al-Ayala, and ancient fencing”, and “Emirati oral narratives impact social media and vice versa”.
 Since the National library and Archives pays great attention to oral history, a specialized team of researchers conducts audio-visual interviews with the contemporaries of the late Sheikh Zayed, and the first generation of officials and diplomats, senior citizens, residents, and centenarians. The oral archive preserves and documents hundreds of classified interviews, and some of their content is included in publications such as Their Memory is Our History. It comes in three volumes incorporating narrators walking through historical and societal aspects, along with the pearl diving and oil discovery and the pre-union era.


 

Dhahi Khalfan applauded the development of the National Library and Archives and its groundbreaking role.
Dhahi Khalfan applauded the development of the National Library and Archives and its groundbreaking role.
Friday 22 September ,2023

In the wake of his visit to the Center for Preservation and Restoration and its most important facilities, and his learning about the efforts to promote loyalty and belonging among generations,
Dhahi Khalfan applauded the development of the National Library and Archives and its groundbreaking role. 

His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, praised the development achieved by the National Library and Archives, and its Center for Preservation and Restoration.  He praised the adoption of the highest standards in using international technologies to transform and preserve digital data through a sustainable and high-precision process. It guarantees the collection, preservation and accessibilty of the memory of nation, and unveils important chapters of the UAE's history and heritage. He underscored the importance of the past in shaping the present, foreseeing the future, and building strong and solid foundations leading the UAE to be at the forefront of the world.
This came during His Excellency’s visit to the Center for Preservation and Restoration, which preserves the documentary assets against damage and loss. He also paid a visit to the headquarters of the National Library and Archives, where he was received by His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Alraisi, Cultural Advisor at the Presidential Diwan, Member of the Board of Directors, His Excellency Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Director General, and directors of departments. H.E. the Director General briefed His Excellency on the National Library and Archives, the most prominent features of its strategic plan, and the evolution it is currently witnessing. 
His Excellency was enlightened about the criteria for government records transfer to the Center for Preservation and Restoration, as well as collecting and preserving them in accordance with Federal Law No. 7 of 2008 on the National Library and Archives and Library, and its executive regulations. His Excellency also visited the state-of-the-art digitization laboratory, which is concerned with digitizing archival materials using digital imaging devices and scanners. He was also enlightened about the work stages in the restoration laboratory, where experts and specialists receive records and documents to save them from damage using modern technologies. He also visited the historical documents repositories equipped with shelves and boxes with international specifications, appropriate environmental conditions, and advanced alarm systems.
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Raisi, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Organizing Committee informed His Excellency about the ICA Congress hosted by Abu Dhabi from 9-13 October, pointing out that such global archival event will take place in the Arab region and the Middle East for the first time. He added that congress will discuss contemporary and future archival issues and will be a venue for exchanging innovative and sustainable ideas that promote archival science and practices.
His Excellency visited the Emirates Library, which grants researchers, scholars and students access to its rich and specialized collections in both paper and electronic forms. It includes thousands of distinguished sources and references, university theses, rare books, and a huge number of local, Gulf, Arab and international newspapers, printed and electronic magazines and periodicals specialized in the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region.
His Excellency took a tour of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall, which includes the state-of-the-art technologies and display methods. Finally, His Excellency and the delegation visited the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Hall, where they watched a documentary about important milestones in the history of the United Arab Emirates. 
During his visit to the National Library and Archives and the Center for Preservation and Restoration, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, was accompanied by His Excellency Major General Ahmed Ateeq Al Maqoudi, Director of the General Department of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, and several senior officers.

 


 
 

The National Library and Archives strives to build skills for the future and reviews inspiring global practices
The National Library and Archives strives to build skills for the future and reviews inspiring global practices
Tuesday 19 September ,2023

The National Library and Archives strives to build skills for the future and reviews inspiring global practices

The National Library and Archives, in collaboration with the 01GOV Platform, held a lecture on "Building Future Skills in the Government Sector: Three Inspiring Practices from Around the World". It aimed to raise awareness of the importance of acquiring skills owing to the rapidly evolving technologies, modern programs, and precise specializations at a time in which work is divided into small tasks. Thus, efforts led to increasing creativity and innovation, and skilled people became able to work remotely to perform their roles and duties.
The lecture meets the National Library and Archives’ interest in artificial intelligence and its significance in archiving, documentation and in other various aspects of life. The lecture focused on factors of change, namely technological factors, the predominance of platforms over traditional business models, and the growth of the small enterprises’ economy, especially in the developing countries.
Mr. Ibrahim Al-Badawi, CEO of 01GOV Platform, gave the lecture and indicated that not only have advanced technologies coped with the changing reality following the Covid-19 pandemic, but they have also affected all fields of work. He added that smart applications and software offered resilience throughout the lockdown during the national sterilization period. He stressed that skill and accuracy in achievement are on demand more and more as an aftermath of the pandemic, and employers prefer mastering small tasks to holding university degrees.
Mr. Al-Badawi reviewed the methods through which governments tackle this change, such as rethinking the learning and teaching model, focusing on skills, designing patterns that suit the new reality, and granting employees more flexibility to learn and innovate.
Emphasizing the interest of governments in tackling this change, the lecturer mentioned three inspiring global practices. First, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition in Europe, which addresses the lack of digital skills by developing education and providing various training opportunities in various domains including information technology, artificial intelligence. Next, he spoke about the experience of Singapore, as vast sums of money were allocated to train one million young people to acquire certain skills. The allocated amount for each young person was handed over to the concerned body for training and then certifying that the trainee has become a master in the required domain; thus, unemployment is considerably reduced.
Finally, Mr.  Al-Badawi introduced the experience of Ireland as the government entrusted national volunteers with the responsibility of digitizing a plethora of Dublin’s historical documents. After receiving the relevant training workshops, they began to digitize these documents including court records, government decisions, and street plans making them available online to be used as sources of documented information for historical research purposes.
The lecture wrapped up with shedding light on the most prominent artificial intelligence platforms, and ways to take advantage of them. It elucidated their benefits and the new innovation opportunities they offer. It also highlighting generative artificial intelligence, and stressed that the content of such platforms must be carefully considered as its accuracy may be compromised; hence, it should not be taken for granted.   

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المجلس الأعلى للإمارات العربية المتحدة يصدر قراراً اتحادياً رقم (1) لسنة 1971م، بانتخاب صاحب السموّ الشيخ زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان حاكم إمارة أبوظبي رئيساً لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، مدة خمس سنوات ميلادية، وانتخاب صاحب السموّ الشيخ راشد بن سعيد آل مكتوم حاكم إمارة دبي نائباً لرئيس دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة لنفس المدة. (الاتحاد)

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Headquarter in Abu Dhabi

2006

August 01, 2006

National Center for Documentation and Research Headquarter in Abu Dhabi

Federal Decree No. 46 for the year 2007

2007

June 01, 2007

Federal Decree No. 46 for the year 2007 to appoint Dr. Abdulla M. El Reyes as Director General (Assistant Under Secretary) of the Center for Documentation and Research

Federal Law No. (7) for the year 2008 to establish the National Center for Documentation and Research

2008

June 01, 2008

Federal Law No. (7) for the year 2008 to establish the National Center for Documentation and Research

The Federal Law No. (1) for the year 2014

2014

June 01, 2014

The Federal Law No. (1) for the year 2014 to change the name National Center for Documentation and Research to National Archives

The issuance of the Bylaw of the Federal Law No. (7) for the year 2008

2013

December 10, 2013

The issuance of the Bylaw of the Federal Law No. (7) for the year 2008

The Center for Documentation and Research became part of the Cultural Foundation

1984

June 01, 1984

The Center for Documentation and Research became part of the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi in accordance with Law No. 7 of 1981 regarding Cultural Institutions issued by Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed

Federal Decree No. 75 for the year 1976

1976

June 19, 1976

Federal Decree No. 75 for the year 1976 to appoint Dr. Mohammed Mursi as Director General of the Center for Documentation and Research at the President’s Diwan

Amiri Court Circular No. 49, 1969

1969

February 26, 1969

Amiri Court Circular No. 49, 1969, informing the Abu Dhabi Government Departments about the objectives of the Documents and Research Bureau in collecting material concerning the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and its development

Establishment of the Documents and Research Bureau at Ruler’s Court

1968

February 26, 1968

The National Archives, previously known as the National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR), was established in 1968, upon directives from the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, under the name of "Documents and Research Bureau", and was affiliated with Al Diwan Al Amiri (Ruler’s Court). Its mission was defined as ‘collecting documents and information relating to the history, politics, social life and culture of the gulf region and Arabian Peninsula in general, and in particular those related to Abu Dhabi and the Emirates, from primary sources in Arab and foreign countries. It has been entrusted with the documentation and translation of these documents. In 1972, its name was changed to the Center for Documentation & Research (CDR), then according to the Federal Decree No. (7) for 2008, it became the National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR) and according to the Federal Decree No. (1) for 2014 the name was changed to the National Archives.

Documents and Research Bureau was changed to Center for Documentation and Research

1972

June 19, 1972

Documents and Research Bureau was changed to Center for Documentation and Research

The re-location of the Center for Documentation and Research to the National Archives Building

2023

January 12, 2023

The re-location of the Center for Documentation and Research to the National Archives Building of the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi
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