The Mohammed bin Rashid Library Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with etisalat by e&, MBRL’s Golden Partner, to support and develop an integrated centre aiming to provide the restoration and technical processing services for various types of rare collectibles, books, and manuscripts.
This agreement is part of the Library’s endeavour to enhance areas of joint cooperation with all government and private entities.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Mohammed Salem Al Mazrouei, Board Member of the Foundation; Abdulla Ibrahim Al Ahmed, SVP of Corporate and Government Sales at etisalat by e&, along with number of officials and staff members from both entities.
“The agreement represents a major step in our efforts to enhance areas of joint cooperation with all government and private entities, aiming to preserve and care for ancient documents, books, and manuscripts. This is done through sterilisation, treatment, and restoration of the library’s collectables and treasures, along with the national documentations at both the institutional and individual levels. Restoration of documents, manuscripts, and books is an integral part of our vision and duty to ensure the sustainability of human civilisation, and the transfer of knowledge and cultural heritage to future generations,”
Dr. Al Mazrouei said.
“The centre will be equipped with the latest devices, tools, and modern technologies necessary for the restoration of MBRL's documents and books, as well as those of institutions and individuals across the UAE. These services include cleaning, sterilising, and completing the missing parts, in addition to scanning books, maps, manuscripts, and other written works, transforming them into digital formats, and publishing them to be available to students, academics, and all those interested. Motivated by our vision to make the most of MBRL's resources, printed and digital publications, and young manpower, the centre’s team will feature a select group of experts and specialists to develop, train, and prepare national talents to lead the future of restoration efforts,”
For his part, Al Ahmed said,
“etisalat by e& will provide MBRL with the latest chemical processing and automated restoration units, along with other advanced technological means, which guarantee a high-quality restoration process according to the best international standards."
Under the agreement, etisalat by e& will provide the necessary support for the development of the restoration centre, including the provision of supply, installation, and additional services related to the project, while the MBRL provides the facilities and services stipulated in the partnership.
The centre will be equipped with the latest devices, tools and modern technologies necessary for the restoration of documents and books, including cleaning, sterilising, patching over holes, and completing the missing parts, in addition to scanning books, maps, manuscripts, and other written works, transforming them into digital formats, and publishing them to be available to researchers, scientists, and students across various electronic platforms.
The restoration centre aims to preserve rare books and collectibles as a form of safeguarding human evolution and the continuity of human civilisation. This is done by rendering manuscripts and rare books suitable to be displayed in museums and exhibitions by treating the damage and restoring worn out parts, without compromising their historical identity. The restoration also ensures the continuation of human civilisation as a historical message between the past, present, and future, and a reflection of human life across various historical stages.
News Source: Emirates News Agency