Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage

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Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage
Merged into Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Formation 2006
Extinction 2012
Type GO
Purpose Cultural heritage
Headquarters Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Region served
United Arab Emirates
Parent organization
Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation
Website Official website

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (known colloquially as the ADACH) was a statutory body in the United Arab Emirates that administered cultural heritage in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.[1] In 2012, it merged into the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.


The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) was founded in 2006,[2] in order to be the United Arab Emirate's solitary governing body for cultural heritage maintenance.[3] Both the Historic Buildings Division and the Archaeology Division were governed by the ADACH.[2] The organization's headquarters was located in one of the oldest cultural heritage buildings in the city, near the Qasr al-Hosn. It had a theater, amphitheater, and gallery.[4]


It organized the representation of UAE at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.[5] ADACH also organized arts events in Abu Dhabi. They partnered with British Council in 2010 to present dancer Akram Khan.[6] That same year, ADACH partnered with the Western Region Development Council, the Union Defence Force, and the UAE Civil Services Department to offer scholarships to people interested in knowledge-based economies.[3] As of 2010, the organization was suffering from "organizational and financial problems."[4]

In 2011 it launched a preservation project to inventory and research the cultural heritage and life of those living in the region prior to modernization in the 1960s.[7] ADACH also started a GIS database for cultural heritage sites. It also maintained a historic preservation program for historic buildings in rural areas of the country.[2] The organization also hosted the first WOMAD festival in the Middle East.[8] It also held the first Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and Abu Dhabi Film Festivals. It founded the Al Qattara Arts Center.[4]

In February 2012, ADACH announced the creation of an extension location of the Al Ain National Museum and the preservation of the Hili Archaeological Park in Al Ain. The project aimed to show the cultural history of Al Ain outside the central city, and closer to the oasis' borders. The preservation of the park, included an interpretive center about the people and history of the site.[9]

Merger and status today[edit]

The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority was established and the ADACH was merged into it, in February 2012.[10] The merger was required by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the goal of having one organization govern all aspects of tourism.[11]

Upon merger, the WOMAD and Sounds of Arabia festivals, along with the Abu Dhabi Classics concerts were canceled. The organization's name is still representing the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and the Beit Al Oud Arabic Music Academy.[4] The organization was a partner with the World Digital Library, and their content continues to be represented via the website.[12] It was a partner with the New York Film Academy, which continues today.[13]


Collections included the photography collection of Edward "Tug" Wilson.[14]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dunston, Lara and Sarah Monaghan. Top 10 Dubai. New York: Penguin (2012). ISBN 0756695392

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage Archived December 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Abu Dhabi Classics.
  2. ^ a b c Zeynep Aygen (5 March 2013). International Heritage and Historic Building Conservation: Saving the World’s Past. Routledge. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-415-88814-1. 
  3. ^ a b Oxford Business Group (2009). The Report: Abu Dhabi 2009. Oxford Business Group. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-907065-04-0. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The ADACH, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage". Neil. Gulf Art Guide. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Abu Dhabi - ADACH Platform". Venice Biennale 2009. Universes in Universe. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Darwish, Reda. "British Council and Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage: Akram Khan to Visit UAE". Global Arab Network. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Chabbi, Amel; Hossam M. Mahdy (2011). "Virtuous Circle or Vicious Cycle?" (PDF). Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Paul Baines; Chris Fill; Kelly Page (2013). Essentials of Marketing. Oxford University Press. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-19-964650-0. 
  9. ^ "Museum and archaeological park for Abu Dhabi". News. Past Horizons. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA)". Departments. Abu Dhabi Government. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Jen. "New tourism authority to replace two agencies for Abu Dhabi". Business. The National. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "About the World Digital Library: Partners". World Digital Library. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Abu Dhabi Campus". New York Film Academy. 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mosque in Al-Ain". World Digital Library. Retrieved 28 May 2013.