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Wednesday 07 December ,2016

The National Archives is inspired by the Muwaiji Palace in Al Ain, in designing its "Memory of the Nation" pavilion.

The National Archives is inspired by the Muwaiji Palace in Al Ain, in designing its "Memory of the Nation" pavilion.  

The National Archives was inspired in the architectural design of its "Memory of the Nation" pavilion, with which it participates in the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2016, by the architectural style of the Muwaiji palace in Al Ain, being an important national and historic monument which witnessed the birth of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.  The National archives’ interest to present the visitors of its"Memory of the Nation" pavilion with a reproduction of the Muwaiji Palace at the festival stems from its keenness to give a historic identity to its pavilion, as part of this heritage and cultural festival, and to Shed light on the Muwaiji Palace and its historical value and status, as well as to acquaint the festival visitors from all over the world with this magnificent Urban edifice.

One of the objectives of establishing the National Archives is to collect and document everything related to the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region.  The NA is inspired by heritage and utilizes it in its activities to reinforce and support this goal, and to highlight aspects of history in which the UAE takes pride, especially that the Muwaiji Palace is considered one of Al Ain's most important landmarks, thus the UNESCO has included it as one of “World Heritage Sites”.  It reflects the long history of the UAE, and contributes to acquainting students and younger generations with honorable aspects and bright pages of the national history.

The "Memory of the Nation" pavilion at Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival attracts dignitaries from the UAE and elsewhere, and a large number of visitors.   It is the main participant of the festival, and its design is considered among the important factors that attract visitors, who express their admiration of the pavilion's holdings and its design, which simulates the Muwaiji Palace, the birth of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and where he spent most of his childhood and youth under the guardianship of his father the late Sheikh Zayed.   The Muwaiji palace was the headquarters of the founding Leader Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan since 1946 when he served as the Ruler's representative in the Eastern region, and this palace has witnessed an important era in which Sheikh Zayed’s name starred, and who managed to craete significant changes which brought forth remarkable progress and development to the city of Al Ain, before moving to Abu Dhabi in 1966 to continue the construction and development process, and to establish the Union along with his fellow founding fathers.

The National Archives was traditionally inspired in the design of its "Memory of the Nation" Pavilion at Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival at Al Wathba in Abu Dhabi by the archaeological and monumental sites of historical importance in the UAE's history, and by the biographies of its great leaders and dignitaries. It is worth mentioning that the NA was inspired last year in its "Memory of the Nation" design by Al Jahili fort in Al Ain.