The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and the Public Diplomacy and Culture Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, have announced to hold the UAE-China Week annually.

The events will take place in the UAE and China in celebration of the cultural relations and will highlight features of local heritage of the two countries.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development emphasised the importance of holding periodic cultural and artistic events in the two countries, which will allow the consolidation of partnerships and the development of innovative projects ultimately promoting the cultural exchange between the UAE and China.

Al Kaabi said, "The UAE-China cultural relations have developed after the recent historic visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, and we are keen on taking advantage of the results of this visit and the friendly relations between the two countries to highlight our civilisation, culture and heritage to our friends in China, based on our deep belief that culture is one of the factors that create a civilised dialogue among peoples. It will also encourage Emirati innovators and youth to communicate with their Chinese counterparts to build bridges of cooperation."

The Minister indicated that the UAE-China Week has created a unique case of cultural intermingling and has become a platform for cultural exchange and a means that allow thought leaders and artists to meet, exchange views and learn about each other cultures and traditions.

Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State said,"The decision comes in line with our strategy to establish bridges of communication with China through culture, arts and heritage to convey the Emirati message and values to the Chinese society with which we have a strong relationship."

Nusseibeh explained that culture and arts play a pivotal role in enhancing the status of countries in the international arena by highlighting the inspirational aspects of their culture, their achievements and ideas so as to enhance mutual understanding among countries as well as achieve effective cultural convergence.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs