The recent opening of the ‘Norway-UAE: +40 Years of Culture’ exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation saw the attendance of Minister of State, HE Zaki Nusseibeh and the Norwegian Ambassador to the UAE, HE Jens Eikaas.
The exhibition was previously on display at MESH – The Nordic Creator’s Community in Oslo, the country’s capital.
Taking the Norwegian Seamen’s Center in Dubai as its focal point, this documentary exhibition tells the story of the Norwegian community in the UAE and the cultural ties between the two nations through family photographs, videos, historical documents, art works and archival materials.
The Norwegian Seaman’s Center, a social, cultural and religious centre which has served the Scandinavian expatriate community in the UAE since 1976, was built on land donated by the late Ruler of Dubai from 1958 – 1990, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The building was traditionally prefabricated in wood in Norway, shipped in pieces to the UAE and constructed in the Oud Metha neighbourhood, where it is in operation until today. The stories associated with this site and those of the individuals whose lives it was a part of demonstrates a unique cross-cultural connection between the two countries and the long-standing importance of tolerance, hospitality and diversity in the UAE.