United Arab Emirates: Unwavering Determination to Support Culture in the Face of Future Challenges


Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present a talk in Arabic

HE Jamal bin HuwairebHE Jamal bin Huwaireb
Managing Director, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, United Arab Emirates

The concept of culture differs from one country to another and from one national discourse to another, depending on the development of society or the antiquity of the arrival of the concept, or its novelty. Culture, undoubtedly, mirrors the reality of nations, and is an indicator of civilization and knowledge. In his lecture, Mr. bin Huwaireb will highlight the Cultural Scene in UAE in the near past. He will refer to the obstacles of producing culture and its intricate terrains in the last four decades, following the formation of the union [Federation] of the Emirates. And he will identify and analyze the discrepancy between the generous funding and unwavering support by the state and the cultural outcomes, which mark the existing reality of society. He will also examine the methodical approaches of overcoming the challenges of envisioning the future in order to build an optimal society that knows how to produce culture, preserve it, and disseminate it to the rest of the globe.

HE Jamal bin Huwaireb is the Managing Director of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) since May of 2013, pursuant to a decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE. He is a historian and literary scholar with extensive experience in the documentation of the cultural and literary movements in Dubai, as well as the other emirates of the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. 

This talk will be delivered in Arabic.

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