Praise from Sheikh Mohammed as the Al Jalila Child Culture Centre opens

Groundbreaking site enjoys approval of Royal visitors.
Sheikh Mohammed meets children and staff at the inauguration of the Al Jalila Child Culture Centre in Jumeirah, Dubai. The centre is the first of its kind in the Middle East. Wam
Sheikh Mohammed meets children and staff at the inauguration of the Al Jalila Child Culture Centre in Jumeirah, Dubai. The centre is the first of its kind in the Middle East. Wam

DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, opened Al Jalila Child Culture Centre in Jumeirah on Wednesday.

After unveiling a commemorative plaque for the centre, Sheikh Mohammed, accompanied by his daughter Sheikha Al Jalila, toured the centre where he was briefed on the objectives and cultural activities supported by the centre, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

It aims to create an environment to teach the country’s children about their culture, capacity building, and incorporating Emirati heritage into their lives.

Sheikh Mohammed said that education alone was insufficient if it was not associated with the national culture and knowledge of other cultures. “This is part of the message of the centre,” he said.

The Dubai Ruler expressed his satisfaction over the completion of the centre, noting that he hoped the board of trustees, led by his wife, Princess Haya, would support the role of the centre in raising a new generation equipped with knowledge and cultural awareness.

The centre is for Emiratis and residents between four and 16 years of age. The centre will be home to a range of facilities including a library and performing arts theatre, as well as areas for music, dance, visual art, photography and literature.

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Published: December 3, 2014 04:00 AM

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