"Abu Dhabi Culture" The "Gulf Conference for Oral History" is held virtually

A history of epidemics in the Arabian Peninsula ... with a vision of heritage protectors and experts

  • The conference will shed light on the experience of the UAE and the GCC countries in overcoming epidemics.



Under the title: “The History of Epidemics in the Arabian Peninsula”, the eighth edition of the Gulf Conference for Oral Heritage and Oral History, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, will be launched by default, and it will be broadcast live on the “Abu Dhabi Culture” platform on YouTube.

The annual conference aims at preserving the common heritage among the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, consolidating the assets and consolidating the efforts exerted in protecting and preserving the heritage, in addition to strengthening the moral legacy, through this meeting that brings together a group of experts and specialized scholars, who have had a role in Documentation and research process related to the conference topic.

The conference also sheds light on the experience of the UAE, and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in overcoming historical epidemics at the social, economic and psychological level, and gaining economic resilience over time.

The virtual conference attracts a group of academics, researchers and experts, from universities in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, institutions and departments related to the field of heritage, oral history, and health care, in addition to specialists in social sciences and history.

The head of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, said: “The Gulf Conference for Heritage and Oral History continues its role as an ideal and innovative platform, to establish the position of the capital as a major center for preserving, advancing and promoting oral history in the hearts of new generations.”

He added, "We are pleased with the participation of this elite of experts from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, given the achievements of their countries in this file, in line with our goal of unifying the visions of our countries and highlighting the importance of preserving our rich culture and history for the benefit of future generations."

He affirmed, "Our common heritage is the source of our strength and our starting point in the realization of our common aspirations for a bright future based on its heritage and history."

The list of participants includes prominent experts in the field of heritage, oral history and the health sector, including the Director of Emergency and Crisis Department at the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Center for Public Health, Matar Saeed Al Nuaimi, and the Emirati writer and thinker, Dr. Yusuf Al-Hassan, and Professor of Rhetoric and Associate Criticism at the College of Arts - Department The Arabic Language at Taif University, Saudi Arabia, Adviser to the University President, Supervising Department of Cultural Affairs, writer and writer, Dr. Ahmed Issa Al-Hilali;

And Associate Professor in Anthropology and Archeology from Kuwait, Supervisor of the Museum and Laboratory of Anthropology and Archeology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at the College of Social Sciences at Kuwait University, Dr. Hassan Ashkanani, and Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary History in the Department of Social Sciences at the College of Arts, University of Bahrain, Dr. Hamad Ibrahim Al-Abdullah, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Sultan Qaboos University, Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saeed Al-Hashemi.

For his part, Director of the Intangible Heritage Department at the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, Saeed Hamad Al Kaabi, said, “The conference constitutes an ideal platform to consolidate Abu Dhabi's position as a center for heritage and oral history, and confirms our keenness to enhance the cultural and heritage scene, and our continuous efforts to preserve and preserve the national heritage. Through our initiatives that contribute to the sustainability of the heritage of the UAE ».

He added, "This year, the title of the conference was carefully chosen to study the regional response to the epidemics that have swept the region throughout history. We hope that we will be able to draw some useful lessons and experiences from our ancestors, to benefit from our current situation."

The role of society and cultural institutions

The Gulf Conference for Heritage and Oral History was held for the first time in 2012, and is organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, on an annual basis, and raises topics about the role of society and cultural and heritage institutions in the preservation of heritage, as the conference focuses each year on a different aspect of the oral heritage common between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council .

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