Emirates news agency – NYU Abu Dhabi celebrates UAE’s 50th anniversary with series of initiatives
ABU DHABI, November 22, 2021 (WAM) – NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will mark the UAE’s Golden Jubilee with a series of virtual and in-person events to celebrate history, cultural heritage, values and The country’s achievements as a nation are gearing up for the next 50 years of transformation and advancement.
The celebration includes student-led events and activities, such as “Emirati Mandoos,” where students will show off a selection of Abayas throughout the week. Kicking off on Tuesday, a landmark conference organized in partnership with the Oxford Commission on Constitutions will bring together senior local and international officials, academics and legal experts, who will delve into the history and future of the UAE constitution. United.
Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates and Chancellor of the University of the United Arab Emirates, will deliver the conference opening address.
Other notable speakers include Ali Al Shaer Al Dhaheri, director of the Forensic Inspection Division; John Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University and Butler Professor of Law; John Coughlin, professor of religious studies and law, NYUAD; Denis Galligan, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Oxford and Director, OCC Monika Magyar, Frauke Heard-Bey, Historian from the United Arab Emirates; and Yosef Edrey, professor at the University of Haifa.
NYUAD Center for the Arts to Continue Celebrations on Nov. 24 with a Selection of Poets, Oral Artists, Musicians and Storytellers for Seventh Annual Hekayah | The Story, a special 50th anniversary jubilee virtual edition that will showcase the cultural diversity of the UAE.
Hekayah will begin with a conversation between NYUAD Vice-Chancellor Mariët Westermann and Zaki Nusseibeh, who will give a presentation on the history of the United Arab Emirates and his work alongside Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the Emirates. United Arabs.
In addition, the NYUAD Institute has posted two online lectures on its YouTube channel that focus on notable moments since the historic unification of the Emirates. Entitled Five Days That Shaped the UAE, the first lecture looks at the five-day period of celebration, turmoil and anticipation between November 28 and December 2, 1971.
The second lecture, A Map of Many Cities: The Making of “Building Sharjah”, explores the collaborative research efforts to produce Building Sharjah, the first book not only in the UAE but in the region to document the city’s history. of the Gulf.
In keeping with NYUAD’s commitment to promote the UAE’s rich and complex art scene and to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the country, the NYUAD Art Gallery, in partnership with the Middle East Institute (MEI ) Arts and Culture Center, will present Between Sky and Earth: Contemporary Art from the United Arab Emirates.
The exhibition, curated by Munira Al-Sayegh, will be hosted at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, from December 3 to March 31, 2022.
Mariët Westermann said: “We look forward to honoring the UAE’s historic Golden Jubilee with a program of events that testify to the country’s remarkable rise and achievements in just half a century. cultural diversity, its resourcefulness and optimism, and its commitment to education and tolerance. These values resonate deeply with NYUAD as we reflect on our own 10th anniversary celebrations. Our mission to create a center of academic excellence of world-class at this global crossroads would not have been possible without the vision, energy and dedication of this nation’s leadership and the support of its citizens and residents. We look to the next 50 years of the United Arab Emirates and our own university with a renewed sense of purpose.
The NYUAD al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art research center will launch its inaugural exhibition from December 2021 to May 2022. Organized by Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at NYUAD and Principal Investigator at Haraka: Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought May Al Dabbagh, the show is called Sharbaka: Entanglement / Attunement.
The exhibition features five artists whose works serve as archives of the United Arab Emirates, exploring themes of gender, globalization, capitalism, mobility and migration. The exhibition is commissioned and will be presented at 19 Washington Square North at New York University in New York.
Akkasah, the Al Mawrid Photographic Archive, which houses the Middle East and North African Photographic Heritage Archives, will launch a new UAE-focused collection for the National Day with a gallery of 11 newly newly photographed photographs. digitized.
NYUAD Athletics’ annual free community event, Ride for Zayed, themed Towards the Next 50, returns on December 15 to Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi, in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The annual event began in 2018 to mark the birth of Sheikh Zayed 100 years ago.
The UAE’s 50th anniversary celebrations will also include a dedicated UAE-focused faculty research webpage and a video compilation of testimonials from UAE students.