Country: United Arab Emirates
Collection Type: Press
Period: 1960-1980Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White imagesColour imagesDigital filesPrints
Al Ittihad was established in 1969 as the first (Arabic language) newspaper prior to the creation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971. It is part of Abu Dhabi Media group, a government organization which also includes Abu Dhabi TV and Radio.
Al Ittihad’s archive contains over thirty million images in the form of negatives and prints, as well as a growing number of digital images resulting from the shift to digital photography in 2003. Photographs were taken mostly by staff photographers and also acquired from other press sources; they relate to the UAE as well as global news coverage, with the earliest dating back to pre-unification days.
Al Ittihad’s archive is shared with The National newspaper, the English version launched in 2008, for stories about UAE history and heritage. The photographic archive of the National holds around 250,000 photos dating from the 1960s until the present day, and includes a small number of historic photographs of Al Ittihad.
The National newspaper runs a weekly series called Time Frame, which explores the story behind a historic photograph in the Al Ittihad archive and other collections (http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/timeframe). In 2011 the paper produced a supplement for the 40th anniversary of the UAE, which included original photographic research and journalism.
Name: Tareq Al-Ghoul
Address: Mohammed Bin Khalifa Street (Khalifa Street) Al Ittihad, Abu Dhabi, Near Rosary School
Tel: +971 04 332 2221
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority
Country: United Arab Emirates
Collection Type: State agency/ Ministry
Collection Size: 1,000-10,000
Period: 1930-19601960-1980Later than 1980
Type of Material & Format: Black and White imagesColour imagesDigital filesFilm-based negativesPrintsSlides (positives)
The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority aims to make Abu Dhabi the cultural center of the region, while promoting national culture and identity as a source of pride and inspiration to the people. Its vision is to safeguard, manage and enhance national heritage; promote and encourage creativity in the fields of arts and culture; engage civil society by providing it with the means to develop cultural expression and knowledge; enrich intellectual production, encourage the fine arts and expose Arab and Islamic heritage on a national and regional scale.
The photograph collection from the Arab Peninsula region includes around 10,000 photographs dating back to the 1940s to the present day, depicting historical characters, events, places and cultural aspects of life. It consists of film-based negatives, positive prints, digital files, black and white images, color images and color slides.
The collection is not available to the general public except upon specific requests.
Name: Daniel Suarez
Address: Nation Towers Corniche Buidling B PO Box 94000 Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 2 444 0444