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Zaki Nusseibeh receiving the German Kulturpreis at the Richard Wagner Gala in Leipzig (200th Birthday of Richard Wagner today) for founding the Richard Wagner society in Abu Dhabi. From Zaki Nusseibeh’s Facebook photo’s.

Bidoun interviewed Zaki Nusseibeh, who in 1968 became the translator and interpreter for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, emir of Abu Dhabi, three years prior to the establishing of  the UAE, of which Sheikh Zayed became president. So he was around from the birth of the country on. Having enjoyed an international education, as trusted advisor to the rulers of Abu Dhabi, he helped shape the Emirates as a modern nation. He also has been at the center of cultural life in the country’s largest emirate ever since. On the reason why Abu Dhabi and the UAE not only invest in education, but also in culture: “[..] education does not go on its own, culture and cultural development is a central part of your education policy. Because it’s not enough to take a child into a school that is first rate, if he doesn’t also have a museum that he can go to or music that he can listen to or a book fair that he can attend or a translated work that he can read.” (Quote from the interview.)

 

 

Author: Neil
Location: Posted on: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012