Abu Dhabi: Launch of Intangible Property Register to Preserve UAE Culture and Heritage – News


The project is still in the pilot phase and should be rolled out in January

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT – Abu Dhabi) has launched an Intangible Heritage Register to record all information related to UAE culture and heritage.

Intangible heritage consists of non-physical intellectual wealth, such as folklore, customs, beliefs, traditions, knowledge and language. The intangible cultural heritage is considered by the Member States of Unesco in relation to the tangible world heritage, focusing on the intangible aspects of culture

Nawwaf Al Harmi, Head of Adoption at DCT – Abu Dhabi, said the initiative aims to protect the country’s heritage and culture. Therefore, all items that are intangible heritage of the United Arab Emirates will be recorded.

“We have started with 25 items now and aim to have 1,800 by the end of 2022. This will be an official source for researchers, event management companies and conferences to use at events related to the daily, ”Al Harmi said. Khaleej weather on the sidelines of Gitex Global on Sunday.

The elements are classified into six categories – traditional and oral expressions; traditional art show; social practices ceremonies and celebrations; knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe; heritage and cultural sites; and skills associated with traditional craftsmanship.

“We are targeting more than 1,800 elements by the end of 2022 according to the standards set by Unesco. It includes written and video elements. We have worked with other entities in the UAE to make sure the items are accurate. We are keeping it open for research, ”he said.


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In addition, DCT – Abu Dhabi is also deploying an artificial intelligence system for smart inspection schedules of hotels and tourist establishments across the emirate.

“The department will use smart data that will be made available to inspectors for inspection. Whatever complaints we receive from the call center, emails and other sources will automatically pass to the system. The system will help reduce unnecessary visits and focus on the main points or problems when it comes to inspecting tourist establishments, ”Al Harmi said.

Launched two months ago, the project is still in the pilot phase and should be officially rolled out in January.

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