To coincide with the UAE Month of Reading 2019, a delegation from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid, visited Qasr Al Watan, one of Abu Dhabi’s rich heritage landmarks that was recently opened to the public, and its library which houses unique publications from various disciplines.
Headed by His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, the delegation toured the visually spectacular palace, comprising hallways and exhibitions that celebrate the region’s rich Arabic heritage as well as the UAE’s rulers and governing institutions.
At the Qasr Al Watan library, the ADFD delegation learned that the library’s collection of over 50,000 books was the largest resource of its kind in the fields of arts, science, research and culture within the UAE.
On the occasion, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi said: “The visit to the Qasr Al Watan and its library is aligned with our policy of promoting reading among our employees and also aims to create employee engagement opportunities to shape a cohesive community.”
He added: “In meeting the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021, the Qasr Al Watan library is an important repository of knowledge in Abu Dhabi, its valuable and rare books can be viewed and browsed using the latest techniques, ensuring an integrated reading experience.”
Since its inception in 1971, ADFD has financed development projects to the tune of AED84 billion in 88 countries around the world through concessionary loans and Abu Dhabi government grants.