Awareness of history and its events is a phenomenon of civilization. By devoting special attention to history, a nation obtains valuable lessons that tremendously facilitate its quest for progress and prosperity.
Safeguarding historical documents for future generations is one of the most important responsibilities of a sovereign, enlightened state. Advancement in archiving is the ideal way for a nation to preserve its heritage through the concept of institutionalization. It also inspires patriotism, as archives preserve the memories and historical register of the nation.
The National Center for Documentation & Research in Abu Dhabi is a pioneer among documentation institutions, acquainting the public with the history, people, land and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Peninsula. The Center has undertaken the responsibility of performing its fundamental obligations in researching and analyzing the sources of the nation's history. The genuine concern and interest Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Late President of the UAE, expressed in the history of his country and his desire to provide the Emiratis with the tools to preserve their history and learn form the past experiences, was the basis for the establishment of the Center. The National Center for Documentation & Research has thus acquired copies of documents from international archives pertaining specifically to the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. These Archives contain a wealth of historical materials that shed light on many aspects of life in the area dating back to the 16th century.
Because of the Center's importance, continuous efforts are being exerted under the leadership and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the President of the UAE, and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to keep it equipped with all that is required for its advancement and the modernization in order to efficiently perform its role. The Center has become a sanctuary for all seekers of knowledge.
I am confident that the Center will remain a pioneering institution, embracing all efforts to expand our knowledge of history and culture. Accordingly all residents of this modern, secure society, under the guidance of its able leadership, will have the opportunity to benefit from its rich resources.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Presidential Affairs
Chairman of the National Center for Documentation & Research