Middle East Falconry Archive, Abu Dhabi

From 2018 to 2022 UreCulture worked on the Middle East Falconry Archive, an initiative of the Mohamed bin Zayed Raptor Fund under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

The Middle East Falconry Archive is a digital archive and public engagement platform to safeguard and share the historical documentary heritage of Arab falconry, including conducting and disseminating its related research. UreCulture worked on the overall project roadmap and delivery, including strategic planning, digital archive management, policies and procedures and the development of the brand and website.

MEFA has identified more than 60 manuscripts in Arabic alone, which contains texts on falconry written between the 8th and 16th centuries across the Middle East. Some of the famous passages were copied 20 times, while others were stored in a single copy. The manuscripts are preserved in libraries across the Middle East, Europe, the US and South Asia. MEFA is collaborating with these libraries to digitise or obtain digital copies of these manuscripts, allowing them to be brought together into a single digital home for the heritage of Arabic falconry literature. The digital records of each manuscript are supported by both technical information for academics and engaging educational information for all falconry heritage enthusiasts.

Image Copyright: Mohamed bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Fund, MEFA collection

Project type: Cultural Heritage, Strategy Planning, Cultural Management
Year:  2018- 2022
Location: UAE