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ITU and the United Arab Emirates sign agreement to establish an ICT Exploratorium
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates
photo credit: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority/United Arab Emirates
From left to right: Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates and Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General

ITU is to become the home of a new museum where visitors can explore the history and impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) upon people’s lives worldwide, and catch a glimpse of the exciting future and ITU’s role in helping to connect the world.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré and the Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al Ghanim signed an agreement on 8 November 2009 on the establishment, at ITU headquarters in Geneva, of a new state-of-the-art “ICT Exploratorium”. The agreement sees the Government of the United Arab Emirates and TRA become founding partners of the museum, through a donation of USD 2 million towards its design and construction.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, Dr Touré said ITU was honoured to accept the support of UAE and TRA. “As we all know, ICT are not just about technologies any more: they are closely linked with every aspect of our daily lives. This is why ITU — as the unique body dealing with ICT issues from a global perspective — has been committed to establishing an ICT Exploratorium. And this is also why we are so pleased to accept the United Arab Emirates’ vital contribution.”

Responding to Dr Touré’s comments, Mr Al Ghanim said “the ICT Exploratorium is an exciting and distinctive initiative of ITU that will enable visitors to appreciate the innovation of the ICT sector. The United Arab Emirates and TRA feel privileged and honoured to be part of this ITU project and anticipate that our status as founding partners will be a testimony of the long-standing, cordial relationship between the UAE and ITU.”

Planned to open later in 2010, the new museum will be accessible to the general public, ITU delegates and visiting experts free of charge. Alongside its permanent collection, it will host rotating exhibitions on key topics and new inventions.


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