ABU DHABI: The board of directors of the Emirates Writers Union has decided to name the main hall of its new branch in Abu Dhabi after the late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam.
In a statement issued in this connection, the union said its initiative was based on its appreciation of the national and cultural role that the late Dr Abdullah played in all the posts he took up. The initiative also underlined the value of loyalty to the great symbols in the history of the nation and reflected the union’s interest for these symbols to be present in the deep national memory and sentiment, the statement added.
The Emirates Writers Union can neither forget Dr Abdullah Omran’s position nor ignore the services he rendered to the UAE culture in general and its most prominent face as represented by the Writers Union in particular, the statement said.
One of the most important priorities of Dar Al Khaleej was to open the pages of its publications, including Al Khaleej newspaper, to all UAE and Arab innovators and intellectuals, the statement said, adding that Dar Al Khaleej always supported the creativity of innovators and intellectuals, either directly through attracting them to be its distinguished writers or indirectly by writing about them and allowing critics to deal with and analyse their experiences to make them closer to readers at the local and Arab levels.
The statement concluded by saying that the late Dr. Abdullah took up various sensitive positions through which he proved that he was a public figure that could not be looked at as a transient figure in the history of the UAE. It is the union’s tradition to honour such public figures based on its belief that by such move it is playing one of its major roles as embodied in activating the national memory and motivating it to preserve the heritage of great symbols and seek their inspiration.