The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The National Archives paving the way for the two parties to join hands in boosting the national identity, showcasing the historical landmarks of the UAE, sharing expertise & consultancies in documents & archives management, and running exhibitions of relevance to the history of the UAE.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the RTA by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, and on behalf of The National Archives by Dr. Abdullah Al Rayes, Director General of The National Archives.
The signing of the MoU stems from the keenness of the two parties to serve the public interest and cooperate in establishing the Union Museum, maintaining it as well as its historical archival artifacts, marketing activities of the Musuem, and preparing its leaflets & brochures. It also covers conducting researches on historical aspects, and communicating with external and public entities locally and abroad as regards archival materials to be exhibited.
Al Tayer paid tribute to the response of The National Archives with the RTA adding that the cooperation of the two entities will serve the interest of the nation.
“The National Archives will play a vital role in supporting the working team overseeing the construction of the Union Gallery with documents, manuscripts and images documenting the drive towards establishing the federation of the UAE as ‘The National Archives’ is considered the main reference of documentation in the UAE,” he said.
“The Union Museum aims to underscore the historical value of the location and the building that saw the signing and announcement of the UAE federation, and transforming the existing building into a museum acting as a radiation hub and a destination for citizens, residents, tourists, students and researchers seeking to familiarize with the phases & challenges experienced down the path of establishing the federation along with the achievements made during the federation era. The Museum also seeks to embed and authenticate the concept & value of establishing the federation in the conscience of citizens as well as future generations, and document the phases of establishing the federation with particular emphasis on the roles of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in laying the blueprints of establishing the federation. It also intends to educate visitors about the nature and lifestyles of residents of the Emirates in the pre-federation era, and spotlight the sweeping development and landmark achievements witnessed by the UAE during its blessed drive,” explained Al Tayer.
For his part, the Director General of The National Archives expressed his delight with the signing of the MoU with the RTA, emphasizing that its purport & objectives concur with the endeavours of The National Archives to preserve the memory of the nation for generations, and streamline the archives of public, local and federal entities with a view to assembling documents, supervising their perseverance & archiving process in a scientific method so that they will be of benefit in serving the public interest, contributing to the diffusion of the cultural and historical awareness, and availing researchers informational stuffs obtained by beneficiaries.
“We are thrilled to pursue our close & constructive cooperation with the RTA in order to accomplish the Union Museum which is bound to serve the educational process, and enrich the memory of generations by educating them about the history and heritage of their nation. This Museum is viewed as a permanent gallery and a point of attraction for those focusing on our historical aspect in which we take pride. This is particularly relevant as we live in a nation that embraces more than 200 nationalities to which we are well positioned to present our civilization & history achieved by our founding fathers topped by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who have set the path on which our prudent leaders are moving ahead towards bringing prosperity in various walks of life,” noted Dr. Al Rayes.
“Through this MoU, The National Archive is aspiring to a fruitful partnership that bolsters the concept of sticking to the UAE national identity, practices of good citizenship and the values of the UAE community,” added the Director of The National Archives. He concluded by commending the RTA for its continued cooperation with The National Archives well before the signing of the MoU, considering it nothing more than a manifestation of the cooperation of the two parties.
It is noteworthy that the MoU also provides for cooperating in the field of archival policies, technical consultancies pertaining to documents & archives management, preserving archival materials in the Union Museum, and complementing it with the missing artifacts.
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