The National Emergency, Crisis and disasters Management Authority delegation pays an inspection visit to the National Archives' Center for preservation and Restoration Building

The National Emergency, Crisis and disasters Management Authority delegation pays an inspection visit to the National Archives

The National Emergency, Crisis and disasters Management Authority delegation pays an inspection visit to the National Archives' Center for preservation and Restoration Building
The National Archives takes its Center for Preservation and Restoration as its business continuity Facility.

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority’s delegation was briefed on the National Archives’ Center for Preservation and Restoration building’s high equipment, preparedness and readiness, which makes it a secure and safe environment including all necessary requirements and conditions for a proper work environment in accordance with national standards for business continuity management. This came after an inspection visit by a team of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority specialists to the National archives’ Center for Preservation and Restoration in Mafraq, in Abu Dhabi.
The visiting delegation inspected the Center for Preservation and Restoration’s various units, beginning with the large stores and repositories equipped with the latest technologies and employing the best globally adopted practices for the preservation of historical documents transferred from the various UAE government entities’ archives to the National Archives, then to the restoration laboratory for frail or perishable valuable and vital historical documents for their restoration and life span expansion due to their historical value. The delegation was briefed on document digitization techniques, microfilm or microfiche preservation methods, and documents high-resolution and definition digital or electronic scanning, and allowing research fields access to all interested parties to utilize and benefit from the National Archives acquired information or material in documenting the UAE history. The delegation members were also briefed on Perishable historical document management and restoration techniques.
On this inspection visit, His Excellency Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director General of the National Archives, said: The National Archives attaches great importance to the business continuity system as part of the integrated management system concerned with the National Archives monitoring, reviewing, and management development, operation, and improving its timely, efficient and effective service provision ability in times of crisis, disasters and emergencies.
He added that Business Continuity Management System confirms our compliance to our wise leadership’s directives fostering human life preservation, and ensuring business continuity of concerned authorities which contribute to the integration of the preparedness and readiness system, especially since this is a key part and requirement of the integrated management system.
On this occasion, His Excellency Saif Mohammed Arhama Al Shamsi, Deputy Director General of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, stated that the National Archives role in documenting the UAE history contributed to shedding light on many intellectual, cultural, political and social aspects and achievements supported business continuity system, and that such information is vitally important and supports the wise leadership’s vision for preserving the UAE accomplishments and achievements to produce an enlightened generation that well knows its past to continue the ongoing development and future shaping process.
His Excellency added: The cooperation between the National Archives and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority is an essential and key step in emergency and crisis management, especially in the fields of research and studies concerned with potential risks and challenges the UAE might face. This reinforces the proactive approach, awareness of and lessons learned from past experiences, and full future preparedness.
It is noteworthy that the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority delegation’s visit came with an aim to fully prepare the Center for Preservation and Restoration as an alternative or substitute National Archives headquarters or facility for business continuity in times of need or whenever necessary.

The National Archives:
The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates was established under the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in 1968 upon the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with the aim of collecting and documenting information relating to the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region. Forty years after its inception, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE issued Federal Law No. 7 of 2008 transforming its name to be the National Center for Documentation and Research, entrusted with the task of organizing UAE government entities’ archives, later its name was changed to be the National Archives in accordance with Federal Law No. 1 of 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.