Qatar National Library (QNL) signed on Wednesday a Letter of Intent with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to collaboratively organize an exhibition to showcase Yemeni documentary heritage, planned to take place from May to July 2023.
The exhibition, supported by the UNESCO office for the Gulf States and Yemen, will be built on the Librarys rich photography and manuscripts collection from Yemen and aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving it.
On the occasion, Executive Director at QNL Tan Huism said, "We are pleased to collaborate with UNESCO to offer the public an opportunity to learn about Yemeni culture and heritage. The Library plays a significant role in increasing awareness and appreciation of local and regional heritage and has also been providing global access to knowledge across regional and international fronts." "With a treasure trove of some of the rarest and most valuable historical images and manuscripts from Yemen, we believe the exhibition will be a wonderful way for our communities to explore and engage with the cultural wealth of the country," she said, adding: "The agreement is also an example of the Librarys efforts in raising awareness around the need for greater protection of the regions documentary heritage." Director of the UNESCO Doha Office for the Gulf States and Yemen Salah Khaled said: "We are happy to pursue our longstanding partnership with QNL through the organization of this exhibition, which will shed light on the importance of preserving and protecting Yemeni documentary heritage. Today, more than ever, documentary heritage institutions in Yemen need support and funding to ensure the preservation of their extraordinary cultural heritage that is under increasing risk." "We hope through this project, to raise awareness about the richness of the Yemeni heritage and highlight the importance and urgency of supporting initiatives that will have a direct impact on the preservation of documentary heritage," he added.
The Library continues to explore regional and international collaborations to continue its role in sharing the cultural legacy of the Arab world and providing people with a wide variety of informative and educational content.