National Archives distributes publications to Diplomatic Missions

National Archives distributes publications to Diplomatic Missions

Initiative within "2016 Year of Reading"
National Archives distributes publications to Diplomatic Missions

The National Archives recently distributed its publications, particularly the book “Zayed, man who built the nation” to UAE embassies abroad and diplomatic missions of other countries in the UAE.

The move was in response to the initiative of His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to make 2016 Year of Reading, and also as part of the "Country Reads" project of National Archives to provide a large number of publications to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to be distributed to the embassies as they are a wide cultural window through which the reader can recognize the aspects of UAE history and heritage.

Commenting on the initiative, His Excellency Majid Sultan Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the National Archives, said: “The National Archives has embarked on a mission to distribute its publications to the largest possible number of official bodies and institutions including the embassies with the aim of spreading national knowledge and providing the real picture and documents of the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region, and the founding leader Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, the founding fathers and the great UAE leaders.”

“The initiative comes as part of the mission of the National archives, which is keen to provide documented and honest information, and is also in response to the increasing demand for the publications of National Archives, which promotes the cultural field with sincere and documented research about the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region,” he said. 

Al Muhairi added that the distribution of National Archives publications to the embassies is an expression of its respect for the reading, which is the secret of enriching the knowledge. “It is also part of our belief on the importance of the export of knowledge to the world, which is an act of civilization that can be performed only by self-confident nations, and it is also a major humanitarian mission in itself,” he said.

The National Archives distributes Arabic and English versions of the book, “Zayed, man who built the nation,” which is the most important book among its publications because of its national and cultural value as it documented the noble works and the effects of the virtues of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as well as the happenings and events during his time.

The 43 chapters of the book sheds light on the different stages of the extraordinary life of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his great achievements, from his birth in 1918, through his efforts in the development of the United Arab Emirates on the second of December 1971, and his pioneering role in realizing the Union and building a prosperous nation comparable to the most advanced countries.

Sheikh Zayed invested Abu Dhabi’s oil returns to start a remarkable stage of renaissance and to enhance the living conditions experienced by the UAE people in the past. It could not have happened without his sincerity and devotion to his countrymen, and the UAE became one of the world's most advanced and developed countries.

The book presents the most prominent historical junctures in the life of Sheikh Zayed, including his commitment on the development and prosperity of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during his rule before the establishment of the United Arab Emirates. He was known for his intensive follow up on every small and big thing in the emirate, and his constant passion to improve and develop the various aspects of the lives of citizens.

The book presents the UAE diplomacy, the basic features of which was formulated by Sheikh Zayed, which adopted a policy of neutrality in many international problems, without ignoring the Arab and Islamic rights, particularly the Palestinian issue, which has been at the forefront of the concerns of the state in international forums, right down to his outstanding efforts in uniting Gulf and Arab ranks in the face of external challenges.

In most adversity Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE emerged as a leader advocating peace extending his political influence to all parts of the world. Thus, over thirty-three years of his presidency he performed political and humanitarian roles globally, he became a mediator in stopping wars, pushing international society to act wisely in decisive turning points in our history.

It is worth mentioning that the National Archives works to supplement the academic and cultural circles and is focusing this year to issue about seven new publications, dealing with national historical issues with an aim to contribute useful reading that would promote national values among the people.