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Remarkable achievement

It’s wonderful to know that the Dubai Future Foundation won the Public Engagement with Research Award for creating a 3D-printed replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph that sought to immortalise the historical gateway to the ancient Syrian city (“Dubai Future Foundation’s 3D-printed Palmyra Arch wins prestigious award,” Oct.22, The Gulf Today).

The Public Engagement with Research Award was sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The replica is the outcome of a strategic partnership between the Dubai Future Foundation, the Unesco, the British Institute for Digital Archaeology, and the Universities of Oxford, and the Harvard University.

It’s interesting that people associated with the project document at-risk archaeological sites in the Middle East using 3D imaging, and then reconstruct them using 3D-printing technology. The purpose is to safeguard history and cultural heritage from vandalism and destruction.

Happily, the initiative shows beyond doubt that UAE leadership is dynamic and forward-looking. The leadership utilises modern technologies to preserve the region’s heritage.

It’s nice to see that the DFF is a trailblazer when it comes to tapping cutting-edge technologies to preserve human and cultural heritage for future generations.”

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said the Award reflected their commitment to encouraging the scientific community to get involved with the award, and draw participants from all segments of society and across all sectors.

I came to learn from your report that the first replica of the Palmyra Arch of Triumph was created in Italy and showcased in London’s Trafalgar Square, New York City’s City Hall Plaza, Dubai at the World Government Summit, Florence during the G7 Summit, and the Khaled Al-Asaad Archaeological Museum in Arona, Italy.

It’s is always nice to see that the United Arab Emirates is going places in every walk of life.
Sadaf Jamal — By email

Honour for Sharjah

It’s lovely that a promotional film commissioned by ‘Invest in Sharjah’ as part of its marketing collateral has won the Dolphin Trophy in the category “Marketing Communication – B2B” at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards (“‘Invest in Sharjah’ film honoured in Cannes,” Oct.22, The Gulf Today).
Jawed Akhtar — By email
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