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Abu Dhabi Veteran Journalist Launches First Professional Blog Dedicated To UAE History, Culture And Traditions

ABU DHABI, UAE, 19.08.2017Traditzia (www.traditzia.com) is the first digital magazine written in blog format dedicated to the arts, culture, heritage, history and traditions of United Arab Emirates in particular and the Arab Gulf in general.

Since its launch, on June 12, 2017, Traditzia has witnessed a remarkable growth, reaching over 1,000 readers monthly and over 6,800 social media followers.

Stories such as the history of photography in Arabia, as old as the first photographic camera, myths and superstitions hidden in the patterns of Arabian jewellery, the oldest hotel in the UAE, built as a wedding venue for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE President, have attracted readers not only from the UAE, but also from USA, UK, New Zeeland, Japan, Tunisia, India and Saudi Arabia.

 

“I’ve launched Traditzia with the English language expat communities in mind. Non-Arabic speakers living in the UAE and elsewhere in the Arab Gulf countries, or those interested in this region, have limited resources to information about the history, culture and heritage of the Peninsula. As expected, a lot of material is published in Arabic language, but in English there are only a handful of books on these subjects and even those are hard to find,” said Silvia Radan, the founder and editor of Traditzia.

A veteran journalist based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Silvia Radan has over 20 years experience in media, the last 11 years being in the UAE. She worked as a senior journalist for Khaleej Times, where she covered mainly the local arts, culture and heritage topics, as well as the hospitality industry and environment. She is also an author with essays published in two books: she wrote the UAE history chapter in Time to Shine, a coffee-table book published by the UAE Ministry of Economy; and an essay on visual communication published in 20, a Higher Colleges of Technology anthology marking its 20th anniversary, a book of essays written by various Nobel Prize laureates, world leaders and world renown environmentalists, economists, academicians and writers.

“Over the years, I’ve created an incredible amount of research and have access to plenty of sources and resources. The reason I came to Abu Dhabi all these years ago was to discover the Emirati culture, lifestyle and traditions. I’ve made many friends among them, friendships as strong as family bonds that led to expanding my horizon about their roots,” added Ms. Radan.

For now, Traditzia is a weekly blog, with new material published every Wednesday. Apart from the main blog articles there are also a section for upcoming events related to the website’s topics and a photo gallery with all images available for sale.

“I encourage all my readers to interact with Traditzia. Send in your comments, thoughts and suggestions. Do you have a specific subject you would like to know about? Send me an email suggesting a topic! You may find contact details on the website itself – www.traditzia.com – or on Traditzia’s social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” concluded Ms. Radan.

Sheikh Mohammed launches UAE Pioneers

The UAE Pioneers initiative recognising leaders of progress in the society has been launched for its second edition, ahead of the 44th National Day.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, called on the community to nominate “creative citizens” serving their country through their ideas and visions.

“This initiative is an effort to thank and honour these creative citizens who have left their imprints in the UAE’s progressive march, and their contributions will always be appreciated by the people of this country,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

Forty-three people were honoured last year, including the first doctor, inventor, professor, broadcaster, policewoman and other personalities, he said.

“By honouring the pioneers, we want to inspire in every person in the UAE the quest to attain the first position in their field of work and specialisation.

“We want to immortalise their names in history just as they have immortalised the name of the UAE through their work.”

The initiative is part of the National Day celebrations on December 2. Emiratis can nominate themselves or others as pioneers in areas including education, health, the economy, military, sport and innovation.

Click here to nominate for UAE Pioneers

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