Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Features Numerous Police Cultural Events
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, May 12th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
During a ceremony held at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADEC), Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, honored the winners of the second edition of the Minister of Interior’s Scientific Research Award. A total of 149 participants competed for the award with 108 individual; two-man team; three-man team; and collective research projects, as a part of the police-related cultural events hosted by the Ministry of Interior, on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
The ceremony commenced with the national anthem, followed by a recitation from the Holy Qur’an. After that, along with the audience, H.H Sheikh Saif watched a documentary detailing the various achievements realized by the award in its second edition, and announcing the nine projects that are eligible for winning the Minister of Interior’s Scientific Research Award.
H.H Sheikh Saif also honored the top three achievers as follows: Lieutenant Maryam Mohammed Al Hammadi, from the Customer Service Department, the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who ranked first with a research titled “Smart services in the UAE”. Captain Basheer Khalifa Saeed Al Fleiti, from the Weapons and Explosives Department at Abu Dhabi Police, came in second place with a research titled “National efforts to prevent terrorist attacks on soft targets”, and Captain Eng. Nasser Mohammed Al Saadi from the Abu Dhabi Police, ranked third with a paper on “Management and collection of security information from social media”.
His Highness also honored representatives of 25 universities, academic entities and arbitral institutions, in recognition of the efforts they contributed to judge the different researches competing for the award, with the aim of exchanging expertise and availing of their experiences.
Members of the Award’s Board of Trustees, chaired by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, shook hands with His Highness Sheikh Saif.
The Board includes Dr. Matar Hamed Al Neyadi, Undersecretary for the Ministry of Energy; Dr. Husam Mohammad Sultan Al Ulama, Director of the National Authority for Scientific Research; Prof. Dr. Jassim Ali Salem Al Shamsi, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the UAE University; and Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau and Head of the Executive Committee of the Minister of Interior’s Scientific Research Award.
The ceremony was attended by Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior; Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; a number of assistants undersecretaries at the Ministry of Interior; His Excellency Mohamed Fadel Al Hameli, Secretary General of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs; in addition to police commanders in the UAE and a number of senior officers at the MoI, commanders-in-chief of the police in the UAE, director generals, heads of departments and a number of senior officers at the Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Police.
It is worth mentioning that the Minister of Interior’s Scientific Research Award has made an outstanding record of achievements since it was launched, including organizing 11 educational and introductory seminars in the different sectors, to acquaint the Ministry of Interior’s staff members with the award, its objectives, as well as its terms and conditions. Two more conferences were later on organized for applicants, to acquaint them with the guidelines for scientific research. The link to the award’s website was also launched on the MoI and the Abu Dhabi Police websites.
The award is a specialized cultural initiative by His Highness, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and serves the police and security work. It also provides the opportunity for all staff members to contribute to the development process witnessed by the police and security sector. The award covers different security aspects and included 32 research papers in social sciences and humanities, (sociology, psychology, security media and mass communication); 27 researches in Management Sciences (police administration, strategy, human resources development, crisis management, and organizational excellence).
The award also included 22 research papers in Science and Police Operations (criminal investigation, police operations, ports security, operation rooms, and traffic safety); another 14 research papers in Legal Sciences (common law, private law, and international law); and 13 papers in the field of Applied Sciences (computer science, engineering sciences, medical sciences, biological and forensic sciences).
Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan was warmly greeted as he toured the different wings of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, where he was briefed on the wide range of literary, cultural and creative works. At the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion, His Highness expressed admiration with the paintings that depict the Haram al-Sharif and other exhibits. He also visited the Emirates writers’ Union pavilion, and had a interesting conversation with the Poet Habib Al Sayegh, chairman of the Union, Emirati writer Ali Abu Al Rish, Ibrahim Al Hashemi, and a number of Emirati intellectuals who expressed their admiration and appreciation for the attention dedicated by His Highness to cultural activities, and his commitment to support the young talented Emirati writers, as they contribute to advancing the ongoing cultural renaissance and progress witnessed by the UAE.
HH Sheikh Saif gave his directives to acquire the latest publications issued by the Emirates writers’ Union, for the benefit of the Police and Punitive and Correctional Establishments’ libraries. He also called for reinforcing cooperation between the cultural elite in the country and the young generation, with the aim of achieving knowledge transfer and literary exchange; encouraging the UAE people to read more and to delve into the various fields of human knowledge and instilling the love of reading as an indispensable civilized behavior.
During his tour, HH Sheikh Saif met with children and visitors to the fair, who crowded to take commemorative photos with His Highness. His Highness also visited the Umm Al Qura and Uyun al-Jiwa University pavilions, the Poetry Academy. He also stopped at the different national institutions and guest exhibitors’ pavilions, and chatted with both exhibitors and visitors at the fair.
… Attends Children Book Signing
Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior also attended a book signing event by his son, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the booklet titled “The ABCs of Child Legal Education,” as part of the cultural activities of the Ministry of Interior at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). The booklet is the first publication of its kind and depicts the law concept using a cartoon figure.
HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed also attended a book signing event by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the latter’s booklet “African Journey;” a book signing event by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Ahmad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of his booklet “Civil Defense Friend;” and a book signing event by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan representing Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of her booklet “Generosity Palm.”
The “African Journey” booklet by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan sheds light on the African nature and its plains’ richness with many magnificent creatures and animals. The story brings children closer to nature through an interesting and memorable journey to Africa to develop their intellectual and investigative skills. In his book “Civil Defense Friend”, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Ahmad bin Zayed Al Nahyan focuses on developing children awareness and teaching them what to do when they detect smoke or fire. The book also highlights the aid and rescue efforts exerted by Civil Defense members, and educates children on Civil Defense tasks and duties in an age-appropriate appealing style.
The story “Generosity Palm” authored by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan stresses the fact that happiness can be achieved by bringing happiness to others, which is possible just by reaching out to help them. This vision embodies the will of the Founding Father, the Late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who once said “When you help make others happier, happiness will come to you." After the book signing ceremony, their highnesses dedicated their books to children present at ADIBF in order to encourage spreading the culture of law and knowledge in society. They also took commemorative photos with the children.
Through the booklet “The ABCs of Child Legal Education,” published by the Law Respect Culture Bureau, at the General Secretariat of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Saif Al Nahyan aims to send a legal message to all children in the UAE and to encourage them to seek further excellence and leadership. This would enable children to meet the expectations of their leadership, which considers them as a beacon of hope in a future generation of men and women who are loyal to the UAE; who respect the law, strive to ensure progress and prosperity for the UAE, and carry on the proud endeavors of the country’s forefathers.
Colonel Dr. Salah Obeid Al Ghoul, Director of Law Respect Culture Bureau said: “‘The ABCs of Child Legal Education’ booklet is the first publication of its kind and is designed to get the legal message through to children in a simple language that suits the 6-12 age groups. It teaches children the real meaning of the basic legal vocabulary they may overhear; and teaches them how to apply them in their daily life.”
“This age group is the most fitted or qualified to learn the basic concepts of law respect culture. To this end, the Law Respect Culture Bureau is keen to instill this culture in them at an early age, to build their legal personality, so that law respect becomes an integral part of their behavior,” he added.
For his part, Major Dr. Mohammed Khalifa Al Ali, Director of the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre, pointed out the importance of educating children about law principles and the law’s role in protecting them, which would significantly contribute to the psychological maturity of children. He also noted that civil society institutions work closely to implement rules and regulations that were originally formulated to achieve full protection of all society individuals since early on in life.
Milan Sharif, Legal Researcher at the Law Respect Culture Bureau, and author of “The ABCs of Child Legal Education” booklet, explained that the book focused on presenting the law concept as a child-appealing cartoon figure, which uses a simple child-appropriate language to communicate with children. Children can randomly select a letter between A and Z and learn a legal or ethical value. Each letter includes a short story by which the cartoon figure speaks to the child and engages his subconscious, which is still undergoing its development, in order to instill a noble concept or value that helps build the child’s personality positively; which is the ultimate goal of societies. She added that this approach would teach children that the law in general, and especially law enforcement officers, have a duty to ensure the best quality of life for society by protecting individuals and their public and personal interests.
Ms. Sharif also said that this version is the first in a series of legal publications intended to teach children the legal vocabulary and ethical values through the alphabet. Additionally, she explained that a team is currently working to stage a play for children based on the book. The play will be performed on school stages, as of next year, in order to allow the largest number of children to benefit from the content of the book.
HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed attends the signing of 4 MoUs to Activate the National Charter for Students’ Awareness of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program
Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior attended the signing of 4 MoUs between the Diwan of His Highness and the Ministry of higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR); the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai; the Abu Dhabi Media and the Federal Community Police Department. The MoUs aim to activate the National Charter for Students’ Awareness of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program “Aqdar,” which is under the supervision of the Diwan of His Highness and includes 50 ministries, federal and local authorities.
The signing took place on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and was attended by Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior; Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; assistant undersecretaries; commanders-in-chief of the Police in the UAE; directors general and heads of departments and a number of senior officers at the Abu Dhabi Police. The signing was also attended by Dr. Saeed Al Hassani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Mohamed Mohamed Fadel Al Hameli, Secretary-General of Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Saif Al Mazroui, the Advisor of the Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research.
The 4 MoUs were signed by Ahmed Mohammed Al Marar, Director of the Governmental Affairs Department at the Diwan, on behalf of the Diwan. The MoUs on the second party were signed by Yumna Hamad Budwa, Assistant Undersecretary of Higher Education and Scientific Research, on behalf of MoHESR; Hind Al Mualla, Chief of Social Engagement at the KHDA, on behalf of KHDA; Dr Helal Al Darei, Chief Support Services Officer, on behalf of Abu Dhabi Media; and Colonel Mubarak Awadh Mubarak bin Muhairom, Director General of Community Protection and Crime Prevention at the General Secretariat of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on behalf of the Federal Community Police Department.
The MoUs aim to unify and support all the national mutual efforts to achieve and promote the desired results, deepen the active communication between the Diwan of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, represented by Khalifa Student Empowerment Program (first party) and the other four abovementioned authorities (second party). They also aim to link the goals and strengthen cooperation with the governmental bodies in order to standardize the social services provided to the public, and promote the culture of students’ empowerment on a social level.
According to the MoUs, the Diwan of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior would commit to a number of clauses, most importantly to provide the second party (in each of the MoUs) with the executive plan approved by the Higher Committee of Khalifa Student Empowerment Program throughout the academic year. In addition, the Diwan would provide training, to qualify coordinators of the second party and acquaint them with the goals, and mechanisms of the program, as well as the means to utilize them. Furthermore, it would design the scientific materials and training content of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program, participate in the different events and activities organized by the second party and support them. The second party would also be provided with periodical reports to assess the achievement of the coveted goals, in addition to plans to improve and develop performance to serve the goals of both parties.
According to the MoU, the MoHESR would pledge to the following: adopting the National Charter for Students’ Awareness as a key reference to unify the awareness and prevention messages intended for students and ensure that they are well utilized. The Ministry would also invite the higher education institutions in the UAE to integrate the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program’s various topics into the official curricula, as well as invite the first party to participate in the various activities and promote cooperation according to the mutual goals. The MoU also includes inviting the first party to joint periodical meetings in order to unify the awareness and guidance content intended for the student segments, to review the latest updates and the proper mechanisms to integrate them into the educational system. The cooperation would also include promoting the events and activities in the various higher education institutions and cultural Attaché offices abroad. This MoU particularly targets students of the public and private higher education institutions, as well as scholarship students.
The KHDA commits, under the MoU, to adopt the National Charter for Students’ Awareness as the key reference to unify awareness and prevention messages intended for students and ensure that they are well utilized. It also would inform all schools to not allow any public or private body to carry out any activity, or any awareness or prevention lecture unless it is through the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program, and to invite the first party to participate in the activities and events and to reinforce cooperation and integration in accordance with the mutual goals. Additionally, the first party would be invited to periodical in order to unify the awareness and guidance content intended for the student segments, to review the latest updates and the proper mechanisms to integrate them into the educational system,, as well as promoting events and activities in various schools to achieve the desired goals.
For its part, the Abu Dhabi Media would pledge to adopt the National Charter for Students’ Awareness as the key reference to unify the awareness and prevention messages intended for students and ensure that they are well utilized, as well as integrating the topics of Khalifa Student Empowerment Program into its executive plans. The first party would be invited to participate in the activities and events and to reinforce cooperation and integration in accordance with the mutual goals, in addition to holding periodical meetings to unify the awareness and guidance content intended for the student segments to review the latest updates and the proper mechanisms of cooperation, as per the best practices. The first party will also participate in promoting events and activities of Khalifa Student Empowerment Program via the different TV, radio and print media outlets, affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Media, in addition to participating in the evaluation of the program and its results.
As per the MoU; the Federal Department of Community Police will provide the first party with the annual work plan related to prevention and awareness programs, in addition to inviting the first party to participate in executing different events and activities, and promoting cooperation and integration mechanisms in line with the objectives of both parties. It also states that the Department would invite the first party to hold joint regular meetings to unify the awareness and indicative content targeting the segments of the society especially students, in addition to cooperating in promoting and marketing the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program activities and events among various entities included in the MoU in order to achieve the desired objectives; and contributing in evaluating Khalifa Student Empowerment Program and assessing the program’s outcomes.
Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection at the Ministry of Interior, mentioned that signing such MoUs mark a significant stride towards achieving the coveted objectives of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program, notably promoting the concepts of mutual institutional work between all ministries, local and federal entities, private institutions and civil society institutions, as well as all other parties involved with students, with the aim of protecting the youth and developing their capabilities to enable them to deal with changes and developments taking place around them.
He said: “The existing social problems require concerted collaborative action from all parties. Such collaboration would contribute to channeling mutual efforts towards achieving the aspired goals, fostering the proper environment to ensure optimal benefit from all available resources, with the aim of maintaining the security and stability of society, and ensuring its protection against potential dangers and threats.” Moreover, he added that protecting students against risks throughout their educational life is a priority, which requires close cooperation among all entities concerned, in accordance with common principles and unified objectives within an institutional framework, by which we seek to identify the extent of objectives achieved.
For her part Yumna Hamad Budwa, Assistant Undersecretary of Higher Education and Scientific Research at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that signing this MoU emerges from the shared responsibility between all institutions, authorities, federal and local governmental entities, and private institutions. She noted that the MoU aims at activating the common objectives towards building the country and good citizens, and protecting the country and the society against all potential threats, especially those that target the young generations. She said: “Our youth are the pillar and hope of the future and the real wealth of the country and will endeavor to protect the achievements through partnership and strategic cooperation, based on unifying visions and efforts to serve the priorities envisioned by the UAE.
She added: “Both parties agreed on utilizing all available potentials towards achieving and promoting the common objective, by providing the Ministry -through the program- with the executive plan adopted by the Higher Committee of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program throughout the academic year; training, to qualify coordinators and acquaint them with the goals, and mechanisms of the program, as well as the means to utilize them; design the scientific material and training content to implement the program; and provide the Ministry with periodical reports about the objectives already implemented.”
Lt. Colonel Abdulrahman Sharaf Al Ansari, Assistant General Coordinator of Khalifa Student Empowerment Program explained: “The increasingly complex developments and changes that students face, or that occur around them play a vital role in shaping the ideas and thoughts of students in all aspects of their present and future phases of their lives. Therefore, the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program constitutes a main component in the education ecosystem of the UAE students to prepare a future generation. Moreover, the main objective of the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program is to support students and enable them to deal safely with all problems they face, promote the self-security culture and protect themselves from any health, moral or legal problems.”
Lt. Colonel Al Ansari said: “The program aims to achieve effective integration between institutions related to proper upbringing of students, and to ensure that all of their activities and events aim to achieve the good of students; promote the values of patriotism and belonging in the minds of students; encourage them to actively participate in their patriotic roles; and raise their positive awareness of national, health and cultural issues and other issues of special importance to those students. Those issues include developing personal and leadership skills, in addition to developing the spirit of social responsibility in private institutions in order to enable them to play a significant positive role.”
He continued: “Signing the MoUs comes in line with efforts aiming to coordinate and plan for different future projects as per best practices and the highest moral standards that express the culture of the UAE. This comes as an activation of the National Charter for Students’ Awareness that constitutes the scientific and systematic framework of the program, and includes the educational and behavioral objectives as a main reference for the program and its objectives. These objectives are set by an elite group of experts from 50 local and federal entities, and therefore they form a charter that represents all entities that participated in setting these objectives. The program will seek in the upcoming phase to promote relationships and partnerships with several institutions in order to achieve its goals.”
Notably, the idea of Khalifa Student Empowerment Program was an initiative of the Diwan of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to design a national program for students’ awareness that covers all educational phases and addresses problems faced by students. All governmental and private institutions participate in this program through coordinating their existing awareness programs.
…and dedicates the police encyclopedia written in Braille to Zayed Higher Organization
Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior offered 100 copies of the police encyclopedia written in Braille, which is designed primarily for use by blind readers to the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. The encyclopedia, which is prepared by the Security Media Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, will be distributed to students with special needs as a part of the Ministry of Interior’s cultural event held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, in a bid to spread the legal and police culture in society;.
Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, presented the encyclopedia to H.E Mohamed Mohamed Fadel Al Hameli, Secretary-General of Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs.
He said: “The Ministry of Interior is keen to provide support and care to people with special needs who are an integral part of society ; in line with the vision and directives of His Highness.” He noted that the ministry strives to support and sponsor key projects and initiatives aimed at helping this valuable category, under the generous supervision and follow-up of His Highness Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
Adding further, he said: “Providing care and assistance for people with special needs in particular, stems from this category’s right to enjoy a normal life which supports their self-confidence and well-being and allows them to exercise their full rights as citizens”. He also reiterated the Ministry of Interior’s keenness to engage all segments of society in spreading the police and security culture, as well as educating them about purposeful issues in order to enhance awareness of these concepts and instill the cultures of respect for human rights, respect for the law, and respect for social values.
For his part, H.E Mohamed Mohamed Fadel Al Hameli expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the police leadership and the Ministry of Interior, for their dedicated efforts in providing support and care to people with special needs, and to the organization’s activities as well. He commended the close relationship between the MoI and the Zayed Higher Organization, and considered it as a successful strategic partnership model, which integrates efforts in order to provide support and care for the segments of society in the UAE in a way that ensures a life of dignity and security for all.
Moreover, Al Hameli praised the generous gift and noted that this comprehensive encyclopedia aims at enhancing blind people’s culture; instilling positive social values in then; and acquainting them with an important part of their lives and their struggle to live with dignity in a society that highly appreciates their role and strives to integrate them properly.
From the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs , the dedication ceremony was attended by Maryam Saif Al Qubaisi, Head of Special Needs Sector; Nae’ma Abdul Rahman Al Mansouri, Director of the Blind Printing Press Center; and Hisham Al Wahidi, Braille proofreader at the Organization.
It is worth mentioning that the police encyclopedia (which is printed in the Braille) is designed primarily for use by blind readers, and aims at spreading the security culture. It aims at acquainting blind people with the various police disciplines and departments, and highlights the role and work mechanism in each department in order to maintain the security and stability of society.
Saif bin Zayed Receives Dedicated Copy of Major General Al Nuaimi’ Book “Management of Change from Operational Perspective”
Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received the first signed copy of the book titled “Management of Change from Operational Perspective – Volume 3” authored by Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The copy was presented to His Highness on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, in the presence of Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Secretary General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
The book sheds the light on the administrative aspects related to change, development and the importance of continuous change and improvement. It also tackles the philosophy and methodology adopted by the Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters to promote the concepts of loyalty and belonging, motivation, in addition to the department’s efforts towards achieving quality and excellence by supporting human resources development and modernization in all areas of work.
The Secretary General stressed the importance of establishing a serious and unwavering knowledge culture, and issuing books and publications with reliable references and invaluable information that would bring added value and riches to our national libraries and further contribute to the development and growth witnessed by the country.
He called for forging ahead and participating actively in spreading and exchanging the different cultural experiences and expertise, as well as exchanging knowledge between the different generations, with the aim of providing a prosperous ground to support national efforts and serve the development journey.
Talent Discovery Initiative to Promote Reading and Writing Skills
During his tour of the Festivals and Cultural Programs and Heritage Committee pavilion, HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan was given an overview of the latest publications by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and the Poetry Academy by Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Secretary General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award; Sultan Al Amimi, Director of the Poetry Academy; and Dr. Ghassan Al Hassan, consultant at the Academy. Sheikh Saif also browsed through the “Emirati Al Taghrooda” Book published by the Poetry Academy. The book includes a compilation of traditional Bedouin chanted poetry composed and recited by men travelling on camelback through desert areas of the United Arab Emirates across three centuries; explained and documented by Dr. Ghassan Al Hassan according to the scientific research methodology , with the aim of preserving this creative form of literature.
HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for launching a talent discovery initiative to promote writing and reading skills, and compete in the fields of literature, and creative writing related to heritage and national identity. The initiative aims at achieving national goals; encouraging research, innovation and creativity in this area, and preserving and documenting these works. It also helps in bringing innovators and professionals under the spotlight to share and spread this heritage to future generations, in addition to enhancing skills and adopting new talents.
For his part, Dr. Ali bin Tamim stressed the importance of this initiative and said: “The initiative complements the visionary approach of HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is committed to launching innovative initiatives that encourage writing, reading and scientific research”. He also noted that the UAE Ministry of Interior is at the forefront of Arab Institutions in adopting a scientific approach to develop scientific research, and sponsor creativity and innovators in all fields, including literature, culture and heritage.
The Secretary General of Sheikh Zayed Book Award added that the initiative sponsored by HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan will further encourage reading and writing, through mutual cooperation between societal and cultural institutions, in a way that serves the preservation of the national identity.
Sultan Al Amimi revealed that the initiative complements the leading role of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan in sponsoring talents, inculcating creative skills, encouraging scientific research, and promoting the love of reading and writing, which play an instrumental role in building a patriotic personality.
In conclusion, Al Amimi said: “This initiative embodies the unrelenting commitment of HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan to launch innovative and community-based initiatives aimed at developing skills, sponsoring creative talents and interacting with society. This would help to raise awareness on the importance of reading and writing among all segments of society, especially among young people and children, who are the most valuable asset and represent the bright future of our country.”
Saif bin Zayed honoring the winner of the Minister of Interior's Scientific Research Award.
Saif bin Zayed attends MoU signing between the Diwan of HH and Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai.
Saif bin Zayed attends MoU signing between the Diwan of HH and the Federal Community Police Department.
Saif bin Zayed attends MoU signing between the Diwan of HH and the Ministry of higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR).
Saif bin Zayed attends MoU signing between the Diwan of HH and Abu Dhabi Media.
Saif bin Zayed receives from Dr. Al Nuaimi a copy of the “Management of Change from Operational Perspective” in the presence of Dr. Ali bin Tamim.
Zayed bin Saif signing the “ABCs of Child Legal Education” book.
A commemorative photo after the children’s book signing ceremony
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