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For the Promise That Is Culture

November 9, 2018

On November 7, 2018, the Antiquities Coalition attended the Middle East Institute’s 72nd Annual Gala, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Middle East. Attendees included an esteemed range of ambassadors and other diplomats, distinguished scholars and professionals, as well as individuals and students interested in Middle Eastern affairs.

This year’s dinner honored two awardees, the American University of Beirut (AUB) and H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo. AUB received the Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence, which Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri, the 16th president of AUB, accepted on behalf of the academic institution. The venerable university was founded in 1866. Dr. Khuri emphasized that the University is the American University of Beirut, not in Beirut, underscoring the institution’s legacy of contributing to thought leadership throughout and beyond the region.

H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo accepted the Visionary Award for her “unquantifiable contribution” to the cultural fabric of the United Arab Emirates, including her appointment to the board of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage. She has also been a champion of culture outside the Gulf region and has contributed to arts programs in Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, and beyond, where she has received numerous distinguished awards. Upon accepting MEI’s award, H.E. Huda Alkhamis-Kanoo explained, “I accept this award in the name of all those who believe hope is stronger than fear. For each person who has stood their ground in preservation of our heritage to keep our history intact.” She also accepted the award “for the promise that is culture.”

The Antiquities Coalition is honored to be a close partner and friend of the Middle East Institute, with whom we convene leaders at conferences, roundtables, and other events throughout the year. We thank the Institute for recognizing the fundamental importance of art and cultural heritage in building and maintaining a peaceful, prosperous world.