UAE National Archives Now Available Online
How well do you know your UAE history? If you want to find out more ahead of National Day, for the first time ever, the story of the UAE is now available to access online. Launched today to mark the UAE’s 43rd National Day since the country was formed in 1971, the digital exhibit is a collaboration between the UAE’s National Archives and the Google Cultural Institute. It offers a fascinating glance into the country since it was founded 43 years ago, and includes a mix of historical photographs, videos and documents.
The Google team has been working for over a month to compile the website’s content, which includes key moments in the UAE’s 43-year history. Exhibits include milestones such as the signing of the Declaration of the Union on December 2nd, 1971 by the UAE’s founding fathers including His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. There are also early images of HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with HH Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, taken in 1968, to a picture of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan deliberating over the design of the UAE flag.
The Google Cultural Institute has also worked with the national archives for the Netherlands and the US, as well as collecting panoramic imagery of some of the UAE's most iconic cultural landmarks, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and Liwa Desert and the Burj Khalifa.