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Monday 22 January ,2018

Sheikh Zayed Hall in the National Archives... the window through which thousands of visitors looked at the history of the Emirates

Since its inauguration in December 2010, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall at the National Archives headquarters in Abu Dhabi has received thousands of visitors from all over the UAE and abroad. Prosperous built by the late - God willing - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, the founding fathers and the people of the Emirates who gathered around them.

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall in the National Archives is a window through which the visitor looks at aspects of the history of the Emirates, and looks at ancient historical pages. The hall presents a comprehensive panorama of the nation's memory that the National Archives works to collect and preserve, and this is what made it the focus of attention for researchers, academics and visiting official delegations from inside and outside the country. The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall is characterized by its historical written documents, old geographical maps, rare photographs, and documentaries that monitor the establishment, growth and prosperity of the United Arab Emirates under its wise leadership. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall was established to be a historical museum that tells, with documented historical information, the past of the Emirates region more than five hundred years ago. This is evident in the Portuguese Contino map, which dates back to 1502 AD, and is the first map of the Gulf region. The Sheikh Zayed Hall is characterized by the fact that it displays its holdings of historical documents according to a historical sequence, and according to the periods that the history of the Emirates passed through, to provide a comprehensive picture of the history of the Emirates in its various stages, and to remain a witness to what the founding fathers presented, led by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the founding fathers. For the sake of the country's unity, progress and prosperity, and in this regard, the hall includes the documents related to the nine-party union, the bilateral union between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the seven-party union and the major events that coincided with this stage that culminated in the signing of the establishment of the union on December 2, 1971 AD.

In the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall, the documents related to the founding leader are divided into local documents, Gulf documents, Arab documents, and international documents. They provide the visitor with an introduction to aspects of Sheikh Zayed's activities since he assumed power as the representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in Al Ain in 1946 AD, until the date of his departure in 2004 AD. The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall includes a number of historical documents of great strategic importance, such as: a collection of historical documents related to the three Emirati islands: Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa, and historical documents that monitor the correspondence of the sheikhs and rulers of these islands and what is related to the activities of their residents of the Emirates, Among the important historical documents that the hall also contains is the British document that dates the maritime agreement between Arab tribes in the Trucial States and Britain, and dates back to the year 1820 AD, and stipulates that no one shall be exposed to the other in the Gulf. Another important historical document is a document signed by Sheikh Shakhbout bin Sultan when he was Ruler of Abu Dhabi with the rulers of the Trucial States in 1965 regarding a unified Gulf currency, and this document has implications that refer to the early irredentist aspirations of the residents of the region.

The valuable historical documents contained in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall are the correspondences that took place between the rulers of the Trucial States and the British accredited at the time. The National Archives made great efforts to obtain copies of these documents that present the history of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region to researchers, scholars and those interested in the history and heritage of the Emirates. In the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall, the visitor will find documents that provide details of the flag of the United Arab Emirates, its first ministerial formation, and its accession to the United Nations. These documents, in their entirety, have resulted in the National Archives issuing a number of historical books that document the history of the Emirates for generations, such as The book (Qasr al-Hosn), the book (Zayed from Challenge to Union), the book (Zayed, a man who built a nation)... and others.

The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall contains a large number of heritage holdings represented by models of ships dating back to the Portuguese, Dutch and British eras, which played a major role in global and Gulf trade. In the hall are models of old light weapons, some of which date back to the early nineteenth century. It contains a number of awards and honors that the founding leader, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, received during his leadership of the process of construction, growth and prosperity. The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Hall is filled with a number of rare historical books due to their depletion or because of their old publication. There is also a corner for the National Archives' publications. The Knowledge Cart, which presents historical documentaries, has recently been added to its holdings. The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall ends with an exhibition that includes some holdings and pictures belonging to the Canadian nurse Gertrude Dyck, known as Dr. Latifa, who worked at the Oasis Hospital "Kindy" in Al Ain since 1962. These holdings were presented by Dr. Latifa's family to the National Archives after her departure in October 2009. It presents the contents of Dr. Latifa's exhibition is an important stage in the history of Abu Dhabi and the interest of its leaders in the health sector.

Due to the high demand for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall, the National Archives decided to open the hall to the public, including visitors, researchers, academics and students, in the morning and evening periods, from eight in the morning until eight in the evening, from June