UNESCO Grants ‘Official Relations’ Status to the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation

Abu Dhabi: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has granted the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) “Official Relations” status in recognition of the Foundation’s pioneering role in enriching the cultural vision of the UAE. This new endeavour builds upon ADMAF’s longstanding relationship with UNESCO and highlights both the organization’s alignment in safeguarding and nurturing global culture and creativity.

Since its establishment in 1996, ADMAF has been at the forefront of cultivating the UAE’s arts sector, contributing to the cultural renaissance in the UAE. Through its wide-ranging creative initiatives and programmes, the Foundation continues to prioritise youth development and enhance the international achievements and presence of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, said: “The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation is undoubtedly amongst the key enablers of the nation’s cultural renaissance, establishing a hub for creativity and building bridges of global cultural exchange. This recognition today, granted by the world’s leading sponsor of shared human culture and heritage, is a testament to the success of the Foundation’s relentless efforts in strengthening the vital link between culture and sustainable development.”

H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development said: “We would like to extend our congratulations to Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) as an official partner of UNESCO. This significant milestone is a recognition of ADMAF’s efforts in helping shape the country’s cultural scene. For more than two decades, the organization has inspired not only the Emirati youth in the field of arts, culture and education, but it has also reached international audiences, celebrating global cultures and promoting cross-cultural exchange and knowledge development.

H.E. Huda Ibrahim Alkhamis, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival stated: “The constant support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has always inspired and motivated us and this achievement would not have been possible without his guidance. Inspired by his wisdom, the Foundation is committed to fostering an environment that incubates knowledge and innovative creative thinking, an environment that understands the importance of empowering the nation’s youth to lead the way in the development of cultural creativity.

“On this momentous occasion, I would also like to acknowledge the unlimited contribution and inspiring role of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, for his patronage of ADMAF and the Abu Dhabi Festival and being a constant supporter of our programmes, for believing in our vision to stimulate the capabilities of young people, and recognising that the values ​​of openness, tolerance and human communication are influential in establishing lasting links of cultural dialogues.”

Her Excellency concluded: “ADMAF is committed to enriching cultural diplomacy and enhancing the UAE’s presence on the global stage by building strategic partnerships with major international institutions and festivals. This is a passion we share with UNESCO and together we will continue to drive international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication through dedicated programmes that can contribute towards sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations.”

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