Stressing the Importance of Heritage and Culture in Comprehensive Development

  • 28 May 2014

The keenness of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to receive winner of the sixth edition of the Million’s Poet contest 2013-2014, and its panel of judges, demonstrates the importance attached by the UAE – under the leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) – to the country’s heritage and culture. Since its first edition, the Million’s Poet has been a prominent cultural benchmark for the UAE and Gulf and Arab region. It has received wide participation from the Arab world and has also enhanced the importance of Nabati poetry.

The Million’s Poet is part of a series of UAE’s outstanding events and cultural programs that are aimed at fostering interest in culture and heritage in the larger objective of identity preservation and consolidation. This approach stems from our wise leadership’s belief that identity is an essential element of any development process, and that real development must be comprehensive and not confined to economic progress alone. Such a development should encompass cultural and heritage aspects, which are as important as other attributes.

The UAE is keen to maintain the country’s heritage in the hearts and minds of its new generations, especially in the wake of efforts to undermine or threaten its identity. The country wants to fortify its legacy so that it deals with the various developments taking place around the world. The most important characteristic of the UAE’s development experience has been that while it has opened up to different cultures and civilizations, it has also taken initiatives to preserve its own culture and civilization, including its positive inherent values, and has tried to strengthen and preserve national identity.

While the UAE has been at the forefront of countries adopting tools of modernity across all fields to benefit from the advancements that have taken place and will continue to mark the modern civilization. The UAE is also one of those countries that are keen to preserve its traditions and attaches great importance to entities and institutions that deepen a sense of pride among its citizens, especially the youth. Our leadership believes that progress cannot be made by neglecting heritage, culture, traditions and values ​​of the society but by attaching greater importance to these things as they ensure cohesion in the community and social security. They are also the sources of strength in the country’s march toward the future.