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Monday 01 March ,2021

The National Archives receives the Month of Reading with a program full of reading events and activities

Including more than 90 events in addition to the Emirates Library’s rich program

The National Archives receives the Month of Reading with a program full of reading events and activities

The National Archives starts the reading Month of March that is celebrated this year under the slogan of “My Family Reads" with several national lectures and readings of its publications pertaining to the UAE history and heritage. The National Archives seizes this opportunity to conduct reading events and activities given its belief that reading is the essential pillar of nations development.

On this occasion, H.E. Abdulla Mohamed Alraisi, Director General of the National Archives, said “The National Archives devotes attention to reading due to its belief that reading is food for thought; it is the foundation for understanding and culture, the introduction to all sciences and the cornerstone of the knowledge-based civilizations. It also believes that reading is the primary source of employees’ qualification and happiness. As they acquire knowledge through serious reading  their productivity increases. In fact, reading the Memory of the Nation publications  fosters awareness and enhances loyalty and belonging to the homeland”.

H.E. Abdulla Majid Al Ali, National Archives Executive Director, said “It is true that we celebrate the Month of Reading in March; however, all months and days should be real occasions for reading. Since the Month of Reading for this year is celebrated under the slogan of “My Family Reads”, we will designate events at the National Archives to ensure that books are available for families to promote serious and fruitful reading among the society members”.

 He added: “The National Archives participates in the Month of Reading with several initiatives that contribute to the achievement of the targeted objectives of this month. We have set an intensive program for reading-related events and activities that are accessible to all society segments. The program of this month includes several lectures, reading workshops, and others to provide researchers, academics and students with easy access to documented information on the UAE history and bring them closer to the National Archives’ publications which document and preserve the memory of the nation for the  next generations.”

It is worth mentioning that the National Archives starts the Month of Reading with a number of reading workshops and national lectures delivered through interactive technologies in an effort to adhere to the precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. The most important lectures delivered on March 1st, include “Identity, Loyalty and Belonging: Key National Values” and “Genealogy”.

The National Archives is conducting more than 90 reading events on the UAE ancient history and biographies of the leaders whose great achievements are recognized worldwide. There is also a large number of reading workshops that are based on the National Archives publications such as Zayed, 100 Stories, Khalifa A Journey Into the Future book, Zayed From Challenges to Union, The Two Hero Leaders, and Watani Al Emarat which is an educational booklet, in addition to the March Game,

Besides, there are many national lectures namely, The Emirati San’a (Etiquette), The 100th Anniversary of the UAE and Zayed, Quotes and Lessons.

During the Month of Reading, the National Archives will have a remarkable activity which engages students in evaluating the National Identity project, which is a national project designed by the NA pursuant to its role in national education and upbringing.

The National Archives will take its audience in virtual tours of the Emirates Library, Customer Happiness Hall and Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall. These facilities are replete with historical documents, documentary films, the National Archives’ publications and historical records of the UAE.

Moreover, the Emirates Library has prepared a varied and wide program on how to search for and facilitate access to information. This program is beneficial for the National Archives’ internal and external readership.