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UAE Inaugurates ‘Qasr Al Watan’ at Presidential Palace

UAE Inaugurates ‘Qasr Al Watan’ at Presidential Palace

Wednesday, 13 March, 2019 - 06:15
Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R) walks with Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on July 20, 2018. AFP
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The UAE has inaugurated "Qasr Al Watan" within the Presidential Palace compound in Abu Dhabi. The new landmark is aimed at highlighting the humanitarian and cultural role of the country.

The inauguration ceremony was led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid stressed that the United Arab Emirates' cultural legacy is a precious asset that must be treasured by both present and future generations, and a power source that is driving the leadership's aspirations.

He also said the opening of "Qasr Al Watan" reflects the leadership's dedication to offer the community the opportunity to learn about the important aspects of this heritage in all its humanitarian and creative values that should be revived and maintained for the coming generations.

For his part, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed reaffirmed the leadership's dedication to preserving the nation's cultural and intellectual legacy by instilling a deep sense of national pride that has strengthened the loyalty and belonging of successive generations, and represented a source of inspiration and motivation for further efforts towards the country's aspiration and development.

"Qasr Al Watan" includes several wings, including the "Diplomatic Gifts Pavilion", which, for the first time, publicly displays the special gifts introduced to the UAE, to highlight the friendly relations it has with many countries around the world.

It also features the "Cooperation Spirit Hall", an open theater dedicated to hosting meetings, official summits, and regular sessions of the Federal Supreme Council; and "Al Barza Majlis" inspired by the historical heritage of the UAE. It hosts the social gatherings and discussions of the country's overall issues.

The Palace also houses the "Qasr Al Watan" Library featuring over 50,000 books and resources about the UAE, along with the "Knowledge House" including many exhibits and rare artifacts highlighting the golden era of the Arabic civilization and its contributions in the different fields such as art, literature and science.

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