His Highness the Aga Khan arrives in Dubai is part of a series of visits taking place globally in commemoration of 60 years of his Imamat.
His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community arrived in Dubai this evening on an official visit at the invitation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Upon his arrival, His Highness was welcomed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Tolerance and Her Excellency Reem Al-Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation.
The Aga Khan’s visit to the UAE is part of a series of visits taking place globally in commemoration of his Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years of his Imamat as the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community. The Aga Khan acceded to the Ismaili Imamat on 11 July 1957, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan.
Over the last 60 years, His Highness has been deeply engaged with cultural, economic and social development efforts to improve quality of life for people in countries around the world through the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, which today serves millions of people in over 35 countries.
His Highness has been a strong advocate for an improved understanding of Islam and for fostering brotherhood within the Ummah, as well as dialogue and cooperation among faith communities through the advancement of education, music and culture. The
Aga Khan Museum, one of the first museums of Islamic art in North America located in Toronto Canada, helps deepen understanding and knowledge exchange between cultures and faiths. His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, is the Honorary Chairman of the Gulf and South Asia Patrons Circle of the Aga Khan Museum.
Over the past 60 years, His Highness has emphasised the enhancement of knowledge and understanding of the pluralism of civilisations, cultures, values and ethics around the world by establishing institutions such as the Global Centre for Pluralism.
In 1977, the Aga Khan established the US$1 million Aga Khan Award for Architecture awarded every three years to projects that are judged to set new standards of excellence while addressing the needs of communities in which Muslims or Islamic heritage have a significant presence. Its 13th cycle was held in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi in 2016. Last year, under the mentorship of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, a new education initiative, the Young Architects and Design Programme was established in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.
While in the UAE, His Highness the Aga Khan is scheduled to meet with government leaders to discuss further cooperation in areas of mutual interest as well as members of the Ismaili community.