On April 28, 2021, Ms. Mohrah Al Dhanhani, the first secretary of the United Arab Emirates Embassy (UAE) in Seoul. met with Ms. Shin Youn-sook, director of the Seoksu Municipal Library of the City of Anyang, Gyeonggi Province south of Seoul.
The two sides discussed ways to enhance cultural cooperation with the library. Ms. Al Dhanhani presented 75 books as a gift to the library and five other libraries belonging to the city. The books were on the cultural, historical and educational aspects of the UAE. This came within the framework of the cultural activities of the UAE mission and to enhance educational cooperation with the Korean side.
It should be noted that the UAE attaches great importance to education since its inception and it is still one of the most important priorities of the UAE government. The UAE has focused on educating men and women alike. In 1975, the literacy rate for men was 54% and the literacy rate for women was 31%. Today, the literacy rate for both men and women is 95%. The UAE’s commitment to education has helped the nation’s economic diversification and prepare a new generation of young people who can compete in the global market.