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Google brings UAE history online

National Archives of the UAE partners with tech giant to create online exhibit of UAE’s founding

Google brings UAE history online
El Reyes: "Since its establishment, the United Arab Emirates has been a symbol of development and prosperity."

Google has announced a partnership with the National Archives of the UAE to launch a digital exhibit on its Cultural Institute platform. The exhibit will showcase footage of the unification and the foundation of the United Arab Emirates.

The launch comes in celebration of the UAE's 43rd National Day and is the first time parts of the footage from the UAE's union have been available globally for people to access from any device.

Abdulla El Reyes, director general of the National Archives, commented on the launch and said, "Since its establishment, the United Arab Emirates has been a symbol of development and prosperity. Through the rich material of The National Archives, we want to show the world the history, leadership of the country and the vision of its founding leaders. We are very happy to partner with the Google Cultural Institute who helped us bring this online exhibition to the world."

Through documents, photos and videos, the exhibit features key 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. It also highlights the first flag-hoisting for the declaration of Union and the gathering of the UAE rulers outside the Guest Palace in Dubai and users can explore the first collection of stamps in the country.

Google has collected panoramic imagery of landmarks and sites in the UAE like Burj Khalifa and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in 2013 and the Liwa desert in 2014.

Tarek Abdalla, head of marketing for Google in Middle East and North Africa, said, "Launching the national archives of the UAE on the Cultural Institute platform is in line with our broader mission to make information more accessible. The UAE's National Archives has a wealth of important material that people can explore. We have the technology capability to help people not only get online but to explore history in a more exciting and interactive way."

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