Friday, January 30, 2009

Dubai:RTA hosts an exhibition of antique collections to mark the Accession Day

RTA hosts an exhibition of antique collections to mark the Accession Day

Dubai (UAE): Roads & Transport Authority is hosting an exhibition of relics and antique artifacts in the Main Customer Service Center, Umm Ramool illustrating the history of the UAE in the pre-and post-Union era. The exhibition, which marks the anniversary of the Accession Day of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed a huge turn out from RTA clients and visitors.

These historical artifacts were collected by Bader Mohammed Sa’ab and Ibrahim Ali; two young Emiratis RTA employees fond of collecting antique photos. They organized this joint exhibition in response to an initiative from Customer Service Centers Dep’t in order to promote the skills and talents of employees.

“RTA attaches great attention to the youth and supports their hobbies, innovations and initiatives; be it individual or collective, in an effort to reassert its role in the community. This exhibition is the second organized by the Dep’t; as the first one included 112 various models of deluxe, sport, classical, and heavy-duty cars. Those cars belonged to a young Emirati fond of collecting car models, and the exhibition was well received by RTA customers” said Laila Ali bin Hareb, Director of Customer Service Centers Dep’t at RTA Corporate Support Services Sector.

“As part of its community activity RTA opted to offer an exposure to the owners of these antique photos to exhibit their artifacts at the Main Customer Service Center to showcase these rare hobbies which illustrate the era of 1970s and 1980s of the UAE history” added Laila.

The exhibition features a wide variety of aged & rare currencies and stamps. It also includes rare photos of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with old books narrating the bio-data & poems of HH, the book written by HH “My Vision”, and aging newspapers.

Bader stated that he developed the hobby of collecting old stamps and currencies since he was a child; which he in turn inherited from his father. He added: “This exhibition is a valuable opportunity for me to introduce my hobbies to the public and foster relations with peoples with similar hobbies and interests”.

On the other hand, Ibrahim stated that he developed his hobby 20 years ago. Besides collecting antique currencies and photos, he collected images, newspapers, glazed utensil and old movies depicting the history of the UAE before and after the Union. “RTA provided me with a golden opportunity to showcase my favourite hobby, and exhibit my relics; which I collected over the past decades” he added.

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