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The first Regional Meeting for the Arab States on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage got under way on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair yesterday, bringing countries together to encourage the preservation of traditions, beliefs and customs.
It's no longer compulsory for western poets to starve in garrets, but they are expected to survive on meagre advances and the occasional public handout. In the United Arab Emirates, this Romantic image of poetic poverty holds little sway.
Abu Dhabi is on the verge of an audacious leap. Over the next decade or so it aims to become one of the great cultural centers of the Middle East: the heir, in its way, to cosmopolitan cities of old like Beirut, Cairo and Baghdad.
The Guggenheim Foundation has embarked on its most ambitious outpost yet: a 300,000 sq ft modern art museum designed by Frank Gehry on an island off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
Sharjah will have a special department for museums as part of its effort to establish the emirate as a cultural and tourism destination.
UAE nationals have expressed their happiness and deep gratitude with regard to the establishment of the Emirates Appreciation Award for Science, Arts and Literature, by the Ministerial Service Council.