Arab Culture Ministers gather for conference at Expo 2020 Dubai – News

Main discussions will focus on unifying Arab efforts in various cultural fields

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth of the United Arab Emirates. Photo provided

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Posted: Sat 11 Dec 2021, 17:03

About 21 ministers in charge of cultural affairs in various Arab countries, key figures from the Arab world are expected to meet during the 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture which is organized by the United Arab Emirates from December 19 to 20 in Expo 2020 Dubai.

The conference will discuss a comprehensive plan for Arab culture and its modernization and discuss ways to keep it relevant today while promoting cultural cooperation among Arab nations.

It will also seek to promote exchanges with other cultures around the world. The main discussions of the conference will focus on unifying Arab efforts in various cultural fields, including cooperation in registering intangible heritage with UNESCO, and developing cultural and creative industries in the region.

The event is also expected to feature the ambassadorial program to promote Arab culture.

Discussions will cover a number of topics, including the Status and Future of the Arabic Language report, released by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, in partnership with the Arabic Language Advisory Council. .

In addition, the conference will discuss ways to develop and launch joint projects in the fields of culture, heritage and Arabic language. The participating ministers will also join the opening ceremony of the Arab Language Summit and the Al Burda Festival and Prize, which will be held in conjunction with this session.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth of the United Arab Emirates, applauded the session, which will be held at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture is a very important platform to promote Arab cultural cooperation and devise new ways to ensure its enrichment and advancement,” Al Kaabi said.

“The UAE is committed to fostering greater cooperation with ALECSO and strengthening its role in supporting the organization’s efforts. “

“The United Arab Emirates is an active partner in leading Arab cultural cooperation,” Al Kaabi added.

“Hosting the conference in the United Arab Emirates reflects the vision of our wise leaders to support Arab culture as a link between the peoples of this region and reaffirms the central role culture plays in forging stronger ties. “

Dr Mohamed Ould Amar, Director General of ALECSO (Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science), revealed that the Organization had prepared at length for this critical conference. “The conference was planned after much thought and deliberation in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and by bringing together high-ranking ministers, it aims to promote collaborative Arab activities in the fields of culture and heritage. “

“The United Arab Emirates will remain a key partner of ALECSO in various activities and programs, especially in the cultural field. This opportunity demonstrated our commitment to the development of this partnership; he underlined the great importance that the United Arab Emirates attach to culture and heritage, as well as their commitment to collaborate with all partners and stakeholders to take them forward, ”he added.

The 22nd session of the Conference of Arab Ministers of Culture brings together government officials, policy makers and members of international organizations. The event will discuss the results of the World Conference on the Creative Economy and establish a five-year roadmap of joint Arab efforts to register intangible heritage with UNESCO. It is a definitive platform for those interested in Arabic culture and the Arabic language and forging conversations with Arab youth, to exchange ideas, take on challenges and discuss new opportunities.

The president of the conference is expected to transfer from Egypt, president of the 21st session, to the United Arab Emirates to lead the current session. The agenda includes the ratification of the theme and venue for the next session of the conference, which is expected to be held in Saudi Arabia.

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