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Legacy is our identity… and UAE boasts one of world’s richest legacies

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 1 May 2017

The Arab civilization is one of the richest in the world. The UAE, in particular, is shaped by the culture and traditions that date back to 4000 BC, said Ali bin Tamim, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Media.

Speaking on ‘Forgotten Legacy of Arab Civilization’ at the Arab Media Forum on Monday, he said there are several factors that contribute to this. With the onslaught of development, people often tend to forget the great past that they inherited. Political and social transformations have resulted in the current generation forgetting the magnanimity of their heritage.

Tamim said, “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his book ‘Reflections on Happiness’, urges people to be positive when addressing challenges.

Forefront of Renaissance

The Arab World, for instance, was at the forefront of Science Renaissance, recollected Tamim.  “We made great strides in various disciplines of medicine, philosophy and astronomy, and we can boast of stalwarts such as Al Kindi and Ibn Al Haytham among others whose names we can proudly take among the best scientists in the world.”

It is heart-warming to note that the Arab World has a shared heritage and shared humanity, he said and added that only optimism will help sustain the current and future generations.


“We cannot forget our identity. Our legacy is our identity. As Socrates said, ‘Science cannot be taught. It can only be discovered by dialogue’, so also Arab legacy can be retraced and appreciated in its glory only by communication and dialogues, undertaken in utmost confidence and optimism,” believes Tamim.

“Let us be the candle in the darkness’, he urged but cautioned that “while we remember our grandfathers and their status, we should never feel inferior to them.

“We need to continue being ambitious and develop and execute innovative plans and strive for excellence,” Ali bin Tamim added.


Arab Media Forum
Since its launch in 2001, the Arab Media Forum has cemented its position as the leading platform to discuss key topics related to the Arab media landscape and its future by attracting prominent speakers and experts from the region and around the world. The event is organised by Dubai Press Club and held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

The Forum aims to stimulate constructive dialogue between Arab media professionals and encourage positive communication between Arab and Western media players to further enhance understanding as well as contribute to the development of Arab media content. Over the years, the Forum has published a number of comprehensive reports about the Arab media scene covering both traditional and new media. These reports were published in collaboration with prominent Arab and international academic and research organisations.

Every year, the Forum hosts prominent media figures and government officials. For more information, please visit: www.arabmediaforum.ae

Dubai Press Club
Dubai Press Club (DPC) was launched in 1999 under the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of DubaiHH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. DPC serves as a platform for media professionals to network and discuss key political, social and economic issues. DPC also plays a key role in developing and supporting the media sector regionally through initiatives such as the ‘Arab Media Forum’, ‘Arab Journalism Award’, ‘Arab Social Media Influencers Forum’, and ‘Emirati Media Forum’.

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