Abu Dhabi digital museum to celebrate Sheikh Zayed and Gandhi

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The life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, are being celebrated at the soft launch of a digital museum in Abu Dhabi. (Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi)
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The life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, are being celebrated at the soft launch of a digital museum in Abu Dhabi. (Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi)
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The life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, are being celebrated at the soft launch of a digital museum in Abu Dhabi. (Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi)
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The life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, are being celebrated at the soft launch of a digital museum in Abu Dhabi. (Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi)
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The life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, are being celebrated at the soft launch of a digital museum in Abu Dhabi. (Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi)
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Abu Dhabi digital museum to celebrate Sheikh Zayed and Gandhi

  • Museum will showcase rare photographs, videos and objects representing the lives and work of world-renowned leaders
  • Aims to highlight their similarities, global influence and the changes they brought about

DUBAI: The life and work of Mahatma Gandhi and the founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, were celebrated at the soft launch of a digital museum in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj participated in the launch of the Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum for Peace, Tolerance and Sustainability, which will showcase the lives of the two icons, both regarded as the “father” of their nations.
The soft launch took place at the Founder’s Memorial on the Corniche road of the capital as part of Swaraj’s two-day visit to the UAE.
The museum will house rare photographs, videos and objects representing the lives, works and philosophy of the two leaders. The launch is aligned with Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary and Sheikh Zayed’s 100th birth anniversary, which is being celebrated across the country as the “Year of Zayed.”
The announcement for the proposed museum was made in New Delhi by Swaraj and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, UAE minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, in July this year.
A statement released by the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said that both Gandhi and Sheikh Zayed impacted innumerable lives through their vision and leadership, adding that the museum will be a reflection of the similarities they shared, the influence they wielded and the changes they brought about in the world.
“Mahatma Gandhi believed in the power of peace, truth and non-violence and Sheikh Zayed was a proponent of peace, tolerance and cultural diversity,” the statement read.
Swaraj was accompanied by Noura bint Mohammed Al-Kaabi, UAE minister of culture and knowledge development, at the Manarat Al-Saadiyat arts hub in Abu Dhabi.
The museum is scheduled to open in March next year. The exhibition will be organized by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in cooperation with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum, the first-of-its-kind joint digital project between India and the UAE.


Egypt opens museum to honor Naguib Mahfouz

Foreign visitor reads the biography of the late Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz after the official opening of the museum in Cairo, Egypt, July 14, 2019. Picture taken July 14, 2019. (REUTERS)
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Egypt opens museum to honor Naguib Mahfouz

  • The two-storey building in Cairo’s Gamaliya district is near to where the author was born and the area was the inspiration for many of his stories and characters

CAIRO: A museum commemorating the life and works of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz has opened in Cairo, nearly 13 years after the Nobel laureate’s death.
The Naguib Mahfouz Museum and Creativity Centre houses the belongings and personal library of Mahfouz, who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature — the only Arab to do so.
The center, in a redeveloped building dating back to 1774, had been planned for years but had been delayed by financial and other issues.
“I hope this museum becomes a center of cultural radiation and a tourist attraction,” Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem said at the opening ceremony.
The two-storey building in Cairo’s Gamaliya district is near to where the author was born and the area was the inspiration for many of his stories and characters.

“I hope this museum becomes a center of cultural radiation and a tourist attraction.”

                                       Inas Abdel Dayem, Egypt’s culture minister

As well as displaying some of his personal belongings and handwritten texts, the museum includes a hall containing all his works, in modern and old editions, as well as seminar rooms, an audiovisual library and a library housing research and studies on Mahfouz’s works. His Nobel medal, however, is not on display and remains with his family.
Mahfouz’s daughter Umm Kulthum, who attended the opening, said she was happy that the dream of building the museum had been realized “after years of waiting.”