Researchers and those interested in heritage confirmed that the late Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, made a lot of efforts in order to preserve the heritage of the Emirates, and consecrate it in the hearts of future generations, which made him the man of the Arab heritage and the guardian of the heritage, noting that his career was marked by giving and giving. Also, I witnessed many achievements and initiatives in the fields of culture, heritage and scientific research.
This came during the symposium organized by the Union of Writers and Writers of the Emirates in Abu Dhabi on the evening of yesterday, under the title "Sultan bin Zayed .. The Faith of the Nation and Arab Heritage." During his presentation of the symposium, Abdul Rahman Naqi, a member of the Media Union Board, pointed out that Sheikh Sultan had clear imprints in the service of his country and steadfast efforts, adding that «he had between him and the Emirati heritage an uninterrupted link, as he was a supporter of and encouraged for today's generations to learn a heritage Their parents on land and at sea. For his part, the Director of Activities Department at Emirates Heritage Club, Saeed Ali Al Mannai said, “Sheikh Sultan, may God have mercy on him, was raised in the school of the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and from him he learned the love of heritage and the importance of adhering to it and cultivating it In the hearts of new generations to preserve the Emirati identity, and to achieve this goal, he launched many events and festivals, and he followed every big and small related to them personally, ”indicating that Sheikh Sultan was also a poet who presented many powerful poems.
Al-Mannai reviewed the most prominent initiatives launched by Sheikh Sultan to preserve heritage, in the forefront of which is the Emirates Heritage Club, which was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed, and his pledge to sponsor Sheikh Sultan, since its foundation in 1993, and was initially called the Marine Heritage Club, and developed into an ancient institution that includes Many departments, and eight centers are educational incubators for heritage teaching and training.
Al-Mannai stopped before the efforts of Sheikh Sultan, may God have mercy on him, to develop Al-Sumalia Island and transform it into a center for training on heritage and the practice of activities and heritage sports, through projects at the forefront of which are “Paths of Meaning”, which aims to define young people with tradition, traditions and origins of authentic hospitality.
For his part, the head of the Research and Studies Department at the Zayed Center for Studies and Research at the Emirates Heritage Club, Dr. Hamdan Al Darei, presented an intervention entitled “Sultan bin Zayed and the scientific efforts to codify and document Arab heritage - the Center for Studies and Research as a model”, explaining that “Sheikh Sultan established the center to bridge a gap in Study, document and record history, which reflects his great interest, may God have mercy on him, in researching and achieving history and collecting it from the hafez, and he used to say: (The death of a large person means the loss of 1000 pages of history) ».
Al-Darei addressed the most prominent contributions made by the center in this field, in the forefront of which is the dictionary of the Emirati dialect, supervised by the writer Mohammed Al-Murr, and 15 researchers participated with follow-up from Sheikh Sultan. The center also collected a large number of images related to the history of the Emirates and the region from its original reliable sources, such as The ADCO archive and the famous traveler archive, Mubarak Bin London, are entitled "A Journey in Pictures."
He explained that «Sheikh Sultan was keen to focus on investing in research cadres, training and preparing them, and providing the tools necessary for research, and also provided the center with a library that includes many references and documents, as it contains about 7000 titles in various branches of science, in addition to the club’s publications that exceed their number 150 books, while the manuscripts section in the library contains 60 rare manuscripts, including Qurans, some dating back to the sixth and seventh centuries AH. The center also achieved many manuscripts, the most important of which (the paths of sight in the kingdoms of the provinces) in 27 volumes, along with a collection of collections of up to number To about 60. ”
The Director of the Activities Department at the Emirates Heritage Club, Saeed Ali Al Mannai, shed light on more accomplishments witnessed by the path of the late Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, such as the Zayed Center for Studies and Research in Al Ain, which was established in 1999, and became a beacon for science and research, and the village of Bu Deeb The ability started with eight students, and it now has 160 horsemen participating in various races in the country.
Sheikh Sultan and the heritage had an unbroken link, as he - may God have mercy on him - encouraged generations to learn their ancestral heritage.
The deceased launched his traditional events and festivals, and he followed every big and small personally related to it.