From Cultural Summits to Affirmative Action – UAE: A Nation of Peace
The Emirates is considered the Switzerland of the Middle East and a pioneer in modern development. The fact that they’re addressing their cultural industries only looks set to strengthen the nation further, and make it more inclusive than ever.
Providing interfaith and respect for all of humankind, regardless of faith, and without obscurity, it’s easy to see why the developments in this part of the Kingdom are being viewed so positively. Sheikh Khalifa’s ambition for the nation was materialized, with progress, but without compromise of the nation’s core beliefs and sense of self.
With so much emphasis being placed on human rights, community-based rehabilitation, grass roots, protecting liberty while expanding freedom, and making economies for inclusive, the UAE is indeed becoming more and more of a nation of peace with each passing year, and we think that’s wonderful.
Groundbreaking developments and institutions arose the two last decades in Emirates
Groundbreaking developments and institutions arose the two last decades in Emirates, including the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural district, which is home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the NYUAD Arts Centre, and the soon-to-be Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Technology innovations, advanced projects, progressive infrastructure have been embraced and operate in Emirates more than in any other nation.
That’s why, recently, the UAE hosted the Nation of Peace Summit. With the theme of ‘A Living Culture’ the summit took place in mid-May from the 16th May through to the 18th May. The summit itself was ground-breaking as it brought together pioneers from all manner of industries, from close to 100 different countries across the world.
Culture under threat: The theme of this year’s summit was ‘A Living Culture’ and the aim was to examine contemporary issues which were driving change within the creative and culture industries.
One of the main issues the culture and creative industries are facing is a shifting relationship brought on by the global pandemic which began in early 2020. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on cultural production and dissemination has altered people’s relationship with culture and has essentially altered it by transforming it into living and dynamic part of everyday life.
As we slowly begin to transition back to some semblance of normality as the global pandemic hopefully begins to draw to a conclusion, it’s safe to say that most industries and sectors will have been adversely affected, and culture is no different.
Global cultural leaders have stated that the crisis in culture, brought on by the effects of the pandemic was unprecedented and profound. While recovery processes are slowly underway, experts are worried it will be a while before the cultural sectors return to the levels they were at before the events of 2020.
Strengthening and rebuilding: Through collaboration, partnership, and debate, the UAE is taking proactive steps to help rebuild the cultural sectors of that great nation by collaborating with respected names in the industry in order to bring about positive change.
Without culture, the economic recovery is doomed from the start, which is why leaders are seeking to focus on results and transformative actions with the goal of driving effective cultural solutions for global challenges of their time.
Each of the three days was designed to examine the subjects through different viewpoints in order to tackle the hardships and challenges brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Through keynotes, speakers, panel discussions, screenings, debates, presentations, and conversations, Culture Summit Abu Dhabi aims to harness the collective expertise of attending intellectuals, educators, performers, artists, and other creative professionals to cross-examine vital contemporary issues facing the cultural industries.
Some of the issues being examined included:
The impact of AI and Digital Media. Topographies of public spaces. The impact of creative ecosystems along with other digital practices, and more…
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