Contents of the ‘United Arab Emirates’ category in chronological order.

2016 Aga Khan for Award for Architecture Prize Ceremony (Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates)

I think, first, of how great architecture can integrate the past and the future — inherited tradition and changing needs. We need not choose between looking back and looking forward; they are not competing choices, but healthy complements. We can learn valuable lessons from history without getting lost in history; we can look boldly ahead without ignoring what has gone before….

I think of how architectural excellence can integrate the Gifts of Nature and the potentials of the Human Mind. Natural Blessings and Human Creativity are Divine gifts — and it is wrong to embrace one at the expense of the other. The best architecture teaches us to engage with Nature respectfully; not by conquering or subduing it, nor by isolating ourselves away from it.

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Featured Item  »»  2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner’s Semiar (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

As people living in a given time, we are observers of that time. We have the ability to affect the future and one of the exciting aspects of this Award, I think, is, particularly, that precise opportunity to build for the future, to look forward to processes of change which are thought through, which are evaluated, which are affected upon in terms of impact on society, impact on cultural history, impact on personal enjoyment in public spaces or private spaces. So, this Award really has, as its objective, to cause people to think about the processes of change in our world, and see how we could best influence them.

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Gulf News Interview, Ashfaq Ahmed, ‘Aga Khan: The architect of universal good’ (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) ·· incomplete

Do you think the world is heading towards a “clash of capturing natural resources”? … I think we are seeing a concentration of wealth in a number of countries. There is a search for new resources to exploit for national or strategic purposes. The situation can be changed by making a move towards using nuclear power, as it has the potential to change the global economic scenario. (1) …

Any message for the community? The spirit of Islam is to share knowledge and I always tell the community not to think in material terms. Think in terms of knowledge and think what you can offer our institutions in various parts of the world. Raise our performance in healthcare, education, financial services and in civil society. Many minorities from the Middle East countries are living in the West. Just think how wonderful it would be if young women and men return to their respective countries to strengthen institutions and do voluntary work for their countries.

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Bloomberg Interview (2nd), Ayesha Daya and Zainab Fattah, ‘Aga Khan Opens Ismaili Centre, Middle East’s First’ (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) ·· missing

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Ismaili Centre Opening Ceremony (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

This new Centre is itself a profoundly spiritual place. Its defining symbolism is inspired by the Fatimid tradition stretching back over 1000 years and widely shared with sister traditions throughout the Islamic world from Baghdad to Bokhara. As its architects have so effectively realised, this building exists fundamentally as a place for peaceful contemplation, but one that is set in a social context. It is not a place to hide from the world, but rather a place which inspires us to engage our worldly work as a direct extension of our faith.

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Jamati Institutional Leaders Dinner (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) ·· incomplete

And it is my belief that building these centres in the places which have been chosen is, in a way, confirming countries and places of opportunity. That has been one of the objectives I have had since 1957; to try to ensure that around the world as many countries, as many places as possible became countries and places of opportunity, of hope, of confidence for the Jamat around the world. And these Centres represent exactly that: places of opportunity, places of hope, places of credibility.

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Various events during the March 2008 visit to the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) ·· maybe missing

MAYBE MISSING: We regret that some (or many) of the speeches during this visit are not available in the Archive. Listed below are some events he attended where Mawlana Hazar Imam made or may have made a speech. We would be very grateful if any of our readers who may have these speeches, or others from the visit, would kindly share them with us. Please click here for information on making submissions to NanoWisdoms; we thank you for your assistance.

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Ismaili Centre Foundation Stone Ceremony (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

In the tradition of Muslim spaces of gathering, the Ismaili Centre will be a symbol of the confluence between the spiritual and the secular in Islam. Architect El Dahan has drawn inspiration from the Fatimid mosques in Cairo. Like its functions, the Centre’s architecture will reflect our perception of daily life whose rhythm weaves the body and the soul, man and nature into a seamless unity. Guided by the ethic of whatever we do, see and hear, and the quality of our social interactions, resonate on our faith and bear on our spiritual lives, the Centre will seek to create, In’sha’Allah, a sense of equilibrium, stability and tranquillity. This sense of balance and serenity will find its continuum in the wealth of colours and scents in the adjacent Islamic garden which the Aga Khan Trust for Culture will help to develop as a public park.

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Khaleej Times Interview, Maruf Khwaja, ‘Aga Khan stresses “investment in people”‘ (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

On the whole, though the Ismaili community wherever it exists is well tolerated by the majority community. Is it because a low profile is deliberately maintained? Or that it does proselytise [sic]?

I think there may be a number of reasons for that. First of all, we don’t seek to proselytise. We don’t seek to tell others that what they practise is wrong or right. There is another aspect which is that whereas these men and women are loyal to their country, they have a faith which is guided by Iman [sic? Imam?]. I don’t think that they have, to my knowledge, ever acted as a monolithic political pressure group. Every individual is free to choose his political outlook, his convictions. The fact that we have consistently remained outside or independent of political pressure situations, that also has meant something that has been desirable. Perhaps the issue that you mentioned at the beginning of our discussion — the fact that we now are more outward than we’ve ever been. Its meant that a lot of our institutions are better understood and hopefully better appreciated. In recent years, there has been a tendency I am very thankful for, of countries welcoming our people and our institutions.

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Various events during the March 1983 Silver Jublee visit to the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) ·· missing

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