Calligraphy pens at Qasr Al Watan.
Mohammad 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 take it all in: the Palace of the Nation offers an enriching experience that takes visitors on a cultural journey to explore the wonders of Arab culture and art, artifacts and Islamic art, allowing them to gain insight into the history, traditions and national journey 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 UAE.
The Palace Souvenir Miniature is a scaled-down replica of the Palace’s iconic facade, painted with the exact 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 part of the remarkable gardens that surround the palace, which are filled with a colorful variety of flowers and fountains with the same amazing mosaic patterns and Islamic motifs found throughout Qasr Al Watan.
Calligraphy pens are another souvenir that pays homage to the striking swirls of Arabesque calligraphy that can be seen throughout the Palace.
Arabic art and Islamic geometric patterns are an integral part of the palace’s design, allowing visitors to appreciate Arabic 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 all 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 wander through majestic hallways as they become immersed in a world of fascinating exhibits, artifacts, and architecture. The palace also houses the Qasr Al Watan Library, where visitors can explore an extensive collection of books and resources on the political, social and cultural history of the United Arab Emirates.
In 2021, Qasr Al Watan was named “Middle East’s Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction” by the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year.
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 Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, to move 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 to work together to organize events and conferences that promote the language in the world.
The agreement was signed by Dr Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, 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. , UAE Ambassador to Germany and Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Director of Creative Content Department at Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi.
Dr bin Tamim said: “We are proud of our partnership with the University of Leipzig, one of Germany’s most important institutions 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 areas, this strategic alliance will enhance its continued development through shared research, leveraging expertise, and joint projects.”
The agreement aims to define the framework and principles of the partnership between the two entities which join forces to develop the teaching and learning of the Arabic language, collaborate in research and organize conferences to extend the reach of the language. .
Hafsa Abdullah Mohammed Al Ulama said: “Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center has a proven track record of forging meaningful 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: “We are proud of this strategic partnership with the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi, 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 consistent with our mandate and our ongoing 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, who we hope will make a significant contribution in 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.