UAE Warehouse421 hosts panel session during Venice Biennale.

The future strategy of the UAE aims in part to promote the values of tolerance and social and cultural cohesion throughout the world, according to Nora Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

“Cultural diplomacy is an attractive concept in the UAE, planned by the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” the minister said at a meeting held by Warehouse421 in cooperation with the UAE National Pavilion in Venice. Al-Binali, in which Al-Kaabi and Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh delivered a speech to the audience about the soft power in the country and the continuous attempts to build channels of cultural dialogue with various countries of the world.

“More than 200 nationalities are living in the UAE in peaceful coexistence, setting a global model to be copied for tolerance, ethnic diversity and socio-cultural cohesion,” added the minister, noting that the values of culture and arts are integral part of the all-embracing renaissance the country is witnessing at present.

Nusseibeh said the founders and predecessors of the UAE had a clear vision of building a modern state that could survive the backwinds of a turbulent region.

“This vision requires two main poles: the first is to provide the right education for the nationalities of the UAE, and the second is to establish channels of cooperation with the outside world at different levels,” he said.

He added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in cooperation with other strategic partners, will highlight the cultural achievements of the United Arab Emirates. Through embassies and consulates of various countries all over the world in harmony with the vision of the UAE and its future strategy aimed at promoting the values of culture and innovation in all fields.

The panel discussion entitled “The Role of Arts in Cultural Diplomacy” fits in with Warehouse42’s mission to explore new concepts of art and culture.

Warehouse421 is a center of creativity and an active participant in the creative system in Abu Dhabi and is dedicated to supporting learning, manufacturing, exhibitions and business activity of local and regional creative industries.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs