Strengthening the Cause of Enlightenment in the UAE

  • 28 August 2014

Besides supporting the cause of development, stability and peace at both regional and international levels, the UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), has played a significant role in practicing enlightenment. This has been done by way of projects and programs that have spread knowledge and wisdom and have highlighted the importance of adopting a scientific approach in the face of conflict.

It was in this context that Khalifa Saif Al Tunaiji, the UAE’s Deputy Ambassador to Cairo, dedicated the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) publications to Arab League library recently. This shows the important contribution the ECSSR has made toward the UAE’s vision by publishing books and studies in Arabic and English on different subjects, conferences and lectures. Key Arab and foreign experts have participated in these events and have collaborated with think-tanks and educational institutions regionally and internationally.

This is in addition to the Center’s intellectual pursuits that go beyond the local to Arab and global levels. First Arab Cultural Forum is one of the most important such project, announced by ECSSR recently in cooperation with the Arab TV Producers’ Union (APUTV). The objective behind this initiative is to provide a platform for creativity in the Arab region and lay down a framework for innovation across all fields. The first edition of the First Arab Cultural Forum is scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in mid-November 2014.

The role played by the ECSSR is part of the UAE’s comprehensive vision on the dissemination of knowledge and encouraging creativity. Several UAE programs and projects have tried to implement this on the ground. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, for instance, bears the name of Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), his neutrality and independence and shares the value of encouraging innovation and recognizing creativity. That is why it is called the Arab Nobel Prize.

There is also the Kalima program, which is aimed at reviving the tradition of translation in the Arab world. The project has successfully translated and published hundreds of books written in more than 13 languages. It has established a series of international relations with more than 100 international publishers and has entered into cooperation agreements with a number of universities and international institutions.

The UAE also seeks to perpetuate the values ​​of moderation, tolerance and dialog among civilizations and cultures. The country has taken important initiatives in this regard, which have yielded positive results. Most notable has been the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, held in Abu Dhabi in March, which led to the creation of the Muslim Council of Elders in July. One of the most important objectives of the Council is to address the evils of sectarianism and violence plaguing the Muslim world.