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Emirates News Agency – Zayed National Museum launches Emirati culture and history research fund


ABU DHABI, 15th June, 2023 (WAM) — The Zayed National Museum has launched a AED1 million fund to study the history and culture of the UAE.

Funding priorities for the grant include research on Sheikh Zayed’s role in driving social, cultural and economic impact; UAE history and archaeology; and the country’s intangible heritage, including oral histories of traditions, stories and songs. The grant will also focus on the UAE’s engagement with the rest of the Arabian Peninsula and Indian Ocean world, from prehistory to recent times.

The funding scheme aims to support both large and small grants to foster the research ecosystem in the UAE and empower a new generation of academics. Researchers have until July 15, 2023 to apply, and grants will be announced in September. This funding is renewable for up to three consecutive years.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from the Zayed National Museum and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, as well as external subject matter experts, who will make decisions based on criteria such as the applicant’s research methodology, experience, outcomes and relevance to the museum’s mission.

Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, said: “The establishment of the Zayed National Museum Research Fund reflects our commitment to promote and preserve our culture and heritage. The vast untold story of Sheikh Zayed, who has given us a glimpse of the profound impact he had on the progress and development of our nation. We are deeply committed to empowering the next generation so that they can live up to his enduring legacy and legacy , to foster a sense of pride and commitment for future generations.”

Dr Peter Magee, Director of the Zayed National Museum, said: “The fund reaffirms our commitment to research and promote Emirati culture, history and heritage by inspiring established and junior researchers to dig deeper, discover and share the Emirati story with the world. We are delighted to share this opportunity with all researchers interested in contributing to knowledge creation and exploring the lasting impact of Sheikh Zayed on the country he founded and the region as a whole.”

Interested researchers can find out more by contacting the team: research@zayednationalmuseum.ae.

The Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District has achieved major milestones, including the completion of its unique wing structure. The unique atrium is designed to represent the wings of a falcon, a symbol of the UAE’s national heritage – demonstrating how Emirati culture and heritage are woven into the very essence of the museum.


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