The Diplomacy of Culture: Experts talk on importance of art
As an art enthusiast, I strongly believe that a nation's art is of social, cultural and historical importance. I fully support initiatives in the UAE such as Cultural Month that offer an opportunity to learn about diverse forms of Arabic art and heritage.
'The Diplomacy of Culture' in Dubai talked about Influence of art and culture in diplomacy on the world and how art plays an important role in promoting cultural diplomacy and improving the geopolitical landscape.
The panel discussion on “The Diplomacy of Culture” was part of the celebration of Culture Month held at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) in Abu Dhabi.
Chairman of UAE Unlimited, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, said: "Many countries place great emphasis on promoting their art and culture internationally, as they recognise the strategic benefits this brings. In showcasing who they are through cultural heritage, they reinforce a positive image of their country, thus helping to accomplish their foreign policy priorities.
I am pleased that the EDA has taken the lead in highlighting the UAE's art and culture through this wonderful initiative. I encourage other academic institutions to follow the academy's exemplary success in promoting intercultural understanding through thought-provoking and stimulating events such as this one."
The discussion had high profile leaders and examined the value of cultural understanding in diplomacy. Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sultan Saud Al Qasimi, along with Manuel Rabaté, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi while discussing the rich experience in the art world said, "As an art enthusiast, I strongly believe that a nation's art is of social, cultural and historical importance. I fully support initiatives in the UAE such as Cultural Month that offer an opportunity to learn about diverse forms of Arabic art and heritage."
Director-general of the EDA, Bernardino León, When it comes to diplomacy, the UAE is an international leader due to its policies that promote peace, tolerance and mutual respect. As part of the EDA's mandate to enhance its students' understanding of and appreciation for different cultures, Culture Month provides an ideal platform to drive intercultural exchange and awareness."