Memories of Qasr Al Watan and the Arabic language in the spotlight
Calligraphy pens in Qasr Al Watan.
Muhammad Yusuf, Feature Writer
This time, the focus is on the Arabic language and Qasr Al Watan, the Palace of the Nation, in Abu Dhabi.
A visit to Qasr Al Watan is never enough to understand it all: the Palace of the Nation offers a rewarding experience that takes visitors on a cultural journey to explore the wonders of Arab culture and art, artefacts and Islamic art, allowing them to gain insight into the history, traditions and national background of the United Arab Emirates.
While palace tours have a beginning and an end, visitors are encouraged to take home a timeless piece of Qasr Al Watan – a keepsake – that will last forever.
Located at the end of the Qasr Al Watan tour, visitors can browse a gift shop filled with various well-crafted souvenirs that reflect the intricate designs of the palace and the rich heritage of the United Arab Emirates.
The Palace Souvenir Miniature is a scaled-down replica of the iconic palace facade, painted in exactly the same colors that adorn the current palace.
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The replica describes the details of the domes, including the main dome, which is one of the largest domes in the world, with a diameter of 37 meters. It also shows some of the remarkable gardens that surround the palace, which are filled with a colorful variety of flowers and fountains with the same stunning mosaic patterns and Islamic motifs that are found throughout Qasr Al Watan.
Calligraphy pens are another keepsake that pays homage to the striking swirls of Arabic calligraphy that can be seen throughout the palace.
Arabic art and Islamic geometric patterns are integral to the design of the palace, allowing visitors to appreciate Arab architectural craftsmanship.
The use of calligraphy can even be seen in the palace logo which honors Arabic design and tradition. Calligraphy pens are made of glass or wood and are all handmade.
The Sand Art Souvenir is unique in that it incorporates sand from the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates into its captivating design, emphasizing the unity of the country.
It also features Qasr Al Watan while showcasing the calligraphy on the domes and the palace logo.
Qasr Al Watan is a cultural monument located within the grounds of the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
There, visitors can stroll through majestic corridors, as they become part of a world of fascinating exhibits, artefacts and architecture. The palace is also home to the Qasr Al Watan Library, where visitors can explore a vast collection of books and resources on the political, social and cultural history of the UAE.
In 2021, Qasr Al Watan was named “The Middle East’s Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction” by the World Travel Awards for the second year in a row.
In 2020, Qasr Al Watan was recognized by MENALAC as the “Best Unique Tourist Attraction” and in 2019, the palace was also named “Best Favorite Attraction” by the Pride of Abu Dhabi Awards.
The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, to switch from memories to language, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the German University of Leipzig to collaborate to research projects focused on the Arabic language, as well as working together to organize events and conferences that promote the language to the world.
The agreement was signed by Dr Ali bin Tamim, President of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, and Professor Dr Sebastian Maisel, Director of the Oriental Institute and Professor of Arabic Language and Translation at the University of Leipzig, in the presence of Hafsa Abdullah Mohammed Al Ulama, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Germany and Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Director of the Creative Content Department at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center.
Dr bin Tamim said: “We are proud of our partnership with the University of Leipzig, one of the most important institutions in Germany which has integrated the Arabic language into its faculties for decades.
“This collaboration is another important step in our mission to promote the Arabic language in the world as a language of knowledge, culture and creativity, strengthening its presence and use especially in Germany and Europe.
“As we aim to advance the Arabic language in all fields, this strategic alliance will strengthen its continued development through shared research, harnessing of expertise and joint projects. “
The agreement aims to define the framework and principles of partnership between the two entities as they join forces to develop the teaching and learning of the Arabic language, collaborate on research and organize conferences to expand the reach. of the language.
Hafsa Abdullah Mohammed Al Ulama said: “The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center is used to forging significant strategic partnerships with prestigious local and international entities, and this agreement with the University of Leipzig reaffirms the depth of bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Federal Republic of Germany – in particular in the field of cultural exchanges. This partnership represents an important step and strengthens the presence of the Arabic language and culture in Germany and in the European Union as a whole.
Professor Dr Maisel said that “we are proud of this strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, one of the most important organizations in the field of Arabic language development in the Arab region and in the world.
“While this agreement is in line with our mandate and our continued work to promote and develop the Arabic language, we see this MoU as a new starting point for a set of truly distinct cultural, linguistic and academic initiatives,” which we hope will make a significant contribution. to this area.
The partnership allows both parties to benefit from the scientific, academic and practical expertise of the other. They will be able to take advantage of their research and academic capacities, with joint projects contributing to the creation of a fertile environment for the presence of the Arabic language among students and young researchers.