Establishment of the Abu Dhabi Heritage Authority

President Sheikh Mohamed, in his capacity as Sovereign of Abu Dhabi, has promulgated a law creating the Abu Dhabi Heritage Authority, which will have the following tasks:

  • developing strategies to preserve Emirati heritage and traditions;
  • promoting traditional and national identity values; documenting heritage practices;
  • conducting studies and research into literature and traditions
  • documentation of Emirati initiatives in the Nabati language and classical Arabic poetry, historical studies and publications focusing on the Emirate's oral history
  • organising festivals, exhibitions and heritage programmes inside and outside the Emirate.

The Abu Dhabi Heritage Authority replaces two institutions: the Emirates Heritage Club and the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee.