A special exhibition has opened in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the lives of Sheikh Zayed and Mahatma Gandhi.
The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development officially opened the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Tuesday, marking 150 years since Gandhi's birth.
Organised in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in New Delhi, the exhibition celebrates the humanitarian values and legacies of Sheikh Zayed, Founding Father of the UAE, and Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led India to independence from British rule in 1947.
The opening ceremony was attended by Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge, Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, Smita Pant, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy, and a number of government officials from both countries.
“The Zayed-Gandhi exhibition is the first of its kind in the country," Ms Al Kaabi said.
"It coincides with the Year of Tolerance in the UAE and reflects the cultural values of our society. It celebrates two world leaders who contributed to the spirit of tolerance, cohesion and harmony among their people.
"The exhibition sheds light on the unique vision of the two leaders in the fields of construction, development, kindness, humanity and environment. It also offers the multicultural community residing in the UAE an insight into the lives of the two men who carried the same values and principles but belonged to different cultural backgrounds.”
The Zayed-Gandhi Digital exhibition also highlights the strong cultural relationship between the UAE and India.
Throughout the museum, you'll find digital content and quotations from Sheikh Zayed reflecting his vision for the UAE, punctuated with anecdotes from the life and philosophy of Gandhi.
The exhibit is divided into six zones exploring different aspects of the two men: their leadership, their roles as passionate humanitarians, devoted peacemakers, change-makers, inspirational public speakers and conservationists.
Running parallel to the exhibition is a series of cultural events and workshops that explore the strong cultural relations between the two countries, and trace parallels between the two figures and their visions. On Fridays, films on the lives of Zayed and Mahatma Gandhi will be screened.
The Zayed-Gandhi Digital Museum is open every day until March 29, from 9am to 8pm, except Fridays.