Emirates Diplomatic Academy launches culture month.

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, announced the launch of Culture Month, an annual initiative that aims to enhance cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance.

Set to take place from 9th April to 9th May, Culture Month will serve as a platform for intercultural exchange and feature an impressive line-up of speakers and activities highlighting the importance of culture in diplomacy as well as the role diplomats play in promoting cultural understanding.

Notable speakers that are confirmed to participate in this high-impact initiative include Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE Unlimited, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director-General of the National Media Council, Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo, Founder of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, and Manuel Rabate, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, among other esteemed guests.

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Deputy Director-General of EDA, said, "Home to over 200 nationalities that live together in harmony, the UAE is one of the world's few truly international countries with an over 80 percent expatriate population. Guided by our visionary leadership, our society is based on the principles of peace, tolerance and mutual respect. Here at EDA, we embrace the country's spirit of openness and inclusiveness. I am confident Culture Month will reinforce the importance of cultural diplomacy among our students and expand their horizons in this field."

"Following the overwhelming success of last year's inaugural Culture Week, we have decided to extend this year's edition into a month-long initiative. In addition to a series of engaging cultural events, we have put together a packed calendar of lectures and thought sessions headlined by distinguished speakers," she added.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs