Google has announced today its partnership with the National Archives of the UAE to launch a digital exhibit on its Cultural Institute platform, which showcases footage of the unification and the foundation of the UAE. This comes in celebration of the National Day and in marking the journey to the establishment of the Emirates.
This is the first time parts of the footage from the UAE’s union is available globally for people around the world to access anywhere and from any device.
The UAE will be the third country in the world after the US and Netherlands and the first Arab country to have its national archive online. The digital exhibition on the Google Cultural Institute comes as a result of cooperation between the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs, UAE National Archives and Google.
Abdulla El Reyes, Director-General of National Archives, said, “Since its establishment, the UAE has been a symbol of development and prosperity. Through the rich material of The National Archives, we want to show the world the history, leadership of the country and the vision of its founding leaders. We are very happy to partner with the Google Cultural Institute who helped us bring this online exhibition to the world.”
Tarek Abdalla, Head of Marketing for Google in Middle East and North Africa, said, “Launching the National Archives of UAE on the Cultural Institute platform is in line with our broader mission to make information more accessible. The UAE’s National Archives has a wealth of important material that people can explore. We have the technology capability to help people not only get online but to explore history in a more exciting and interactive way.”
Many cultural institutions have extensive archives of information, much of which cannot always be put on public display. The Google Cultural Institute builds technology to make it easy for curators to bring these archives to life through interactive online exhibitions. Anyone can explore cultural content through themes such as historic moments, monuments or cultural figures or search for precise a precise region or key word.
to access the archives on Google Cultural Institute.