Gift to Ministry of Culture and Tourism library aims to strengthen cultural ties between Abu Dhabi and Singapore
Saood Al Hosani received the collection from Kamal R Vaswani. – Photos provided
The Singapore Embassy presented a specially curated set of books to the library of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
Kamal R Vaswani, Singapore’s Ambassador to the UAE, handed over the books to Saood Al Hosani, Deputy Minister of DCT Abu Dhabi.
Through this initiative, the embassy aims to further strengthen cultural ties and training and educational exchanges between Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
The books are from the Abu Dhabi embassy and the National Library Board of Singapore. The collection includes a wide range of books and publications introducing Singapore to Emirati readers, covering topics such as governance, economic development, foreign policy and history. Showcasing the softer side of Singapore, there are other collections on photography, design and architecture, as well as books on Singaporean cuisine, an important part of Singapore’s multicultural identity.
Vaswani said the gift was “another weave in the larger people-to-people relationship between the two countries”.
He emphasized that Singapore looks forward to strengthening exchanges with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture, which is doing great work to enhance the cultural landscape.
“Going forward, we want to strengthen the personal connections among youth. To this end, we have included some children’s books to spark interest in Singapore. I look forward to seeing these books placed in the wonderful Abu Dhabi library. This gift also supports Abu Dhabi’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of reading and continuous learning,” Vaswani noted.
Shaikha Al Muhairi, Director of Library Management at DCT Abu Dhabi, praised the cultural initiative.
“At DCT Abu Dhabi, we are passionate about working with cultural institutions around the world in ways that promote Abu Dhabi’s message of civilization and reflect the diversity and vibrancy of its cultural scene,” she added.