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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : UAE: DCT Abu Dhabi Honors 15 Establishments with Urban Treasures Accolade

DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM
DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM
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UAE: DCT Abu Dhabi Honors 15 Establishments with Urban Treasures Accolade

DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM
DCT Abu Dhabi has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards. WAM

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates has announced the recipients of this year’s Urban Treasures awards, an annual initiative that honors long-running establishments that have shaped Abu Dhabi’s urban and social fabric.

During a ceremony held at the Cultural Foundation, DCT Abu Dhabi Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak presented the award to 15 businesses selected from across the emirate.

“Our Urban Treasures initiative preserves and promotes Abu Dhabi's unique cultural identity, and reflects the great emotional significance these 15 establishments have held for our community for over 20 years,” said Al Mubarak.

“They hold a nostalgia for times past, while remaining anchors of the community to this day. These establishments have witnessed the capital’s growth and contributed to the identity and vitality of our neighborhoods, strengthening the social and cultural fabric of the emirate,” he said.

“Through Urban Treasures, we aim to further raise the profiles of these establishments and ensure they thrive for generations to come. This initiative is in line with our strategy to preserve and promote Abu Dhabi's unique cultural identity and share it with the world – while also celebrating it locally,” he added.

Now in its third edition, the Urban Treasures initiative was launched with the aim of recognizing the city's landmark homegrown businesses – including restaurants, bakeries, tailors, fabric stores, perfumeries, jewelers, pharmacies, photography studios and similar establishments – which have thrived in Abu Dhabi for 20 years or more.

The award aligns with DCT Abu Dhabi’s Modern Heritage Initiative, which celebrates and safeguards the emirate’s more recent past.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Dubai Culture, Khalifa University Sign MoU to Support Scientific Research on Archaeological Excavations

The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM
The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM
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Dubai Culture, Khalifa University Sign MoU to Support Scientific Research on Archaeological Excavations

The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM
The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology. WAM

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Khalifa University of Science and Technology aimed at enhancing cooperation and exchanging expertise and best practices in areas related to archaeological excavations in Dubai, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The agreement also facilitates the use of advanced technologies in the Saruq Al Hadid and Al Ashoosh sites to further bolster studies and research on the findings of both sites, WAM said.

The MoU stipulates support for ongoing excavation works through the use of remote sensing satellite technology and advanced geophysical survey techniques developed by Khalifa University scientists and researchers to uncover any buried structures, tombs, or remains at the Saruq al-Hadid and Al Ashoosh archaeological sites.

Advanced processing techniques for discoveries will be applied, enabling researchers to create three-dimensional models of features and place them within their archaeological and environmental contexts, WAM said.