International Meetings for the Month of April
1 May, 2017


From 9-13 April 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dr. Aslan partook in a panel at the summit on Tuesday 11 April, 2017: “The Why and How of Cultural Preservation in the Coming Decade.”

The CultureSummit in Abu Dhabi was a high-level international summit that brought together leaders from the worlds of government, the arts, and the media to address the role culture can play in addressing some of the great challenges of our time. It also explored how new technologies are changing the very nature of culture and cultural interactions worldwide with major consequences for education, our economies, politics, and virtually every other dimension of our lives.

The event was hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and presented in conjunction with The FP Group, and TCP Ventures, LLC, a producer of artistic ventures and an advisory firm focused on issues associated with the arts and culture.

The Abu Dhabi CultureSummit sought to bring together delegations (live and virtual) representing almost every country in the world to discuss common interests, create new collaborations and address in concrete ways challenges ranging from the preservation of cultural heritage to understanding the disruptions likely to be associated with emerging technologies, from bringing arts education to the young to finding new ways to finance the arts, from combating threats like extremism to developing public policies that promote creativity and social development.

The event took place from April 9-13 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi and at other selected cultural locations throughout the UAE.

Ongoing Cooperation with ARC-WH

On April 24, 2017, Dr. Aslan met with Shadia Touqan, the Director at the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage Centre (ARC-WH) in Manama, Bahrain. The meeting aimed at discussing cooperation in the areas of capacity building, publications, and outreach. It is hoped that future collaboration in said areas will ultimately aid in the effective preservation and conservation of the Arab region’s cultural heritage.

Ed-Dour’s Ancient Temple & Exhibit

On 26 April, 2017, an exhibit of all the artifacts found during the excavations at the ancient site of Ed-Dour in the Emirate of Umm Al-Quwain, took place. This was within the context of a site visit to the Sun Temple that was restored by ICCROM-ATHAR’s experts in 2016, in collaboration with the U.A.E. Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Umm Al-Quwain’s Department of Antiquities. The exhibit occurred in a traditional tent setting, while a tour of the temple happened in the company of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al-Mu’alla, Ruler of Umm Al-Quwain, and the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, His Highness Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.