The Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) is keen to organize activities and events as part of the Year of Reading initiative launched in response to directives from the wise leadership of the country, led by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who said: “Reading opens minds; promotes tolerance, openness, and communication; and builds a civilized nation that rejects radicalism and closedness. Our goal is to establish the United Arab Emirates as a cultural capital par excellence, to bring about a permanent change in behavior, and to build an intellectual foundation for the next generations".
Digital and smart libraries provided by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development:
In light of the scientific and technological advancements that the world sees today, especially in telecommunications, and the extensive use of the Internet, which enhanced the methods used for disseminating knowledge and information, the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development launched the Emirates Digital Library as part of its efforts to keep pace with the best international standards and to establish the country as a hub of culture and knowledge. This library acts as a national interactive e-platform that sets the foundation for a knowledge infrastructure that encourages content creation and publication across the country.
The Smart Library was launched to serve as a national institutional framework to promote a culture of reading among ministries and federal government bodies through the creation of an infrastructure for knowledge and innovation. This library was created as part of the efforts that followed the directives from President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to declare 2016 as the Year of Reading and came in response to the 100 Retreat initiative introduced by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to discuss key initiatives that aim to establish reading as a permanent habit in the Emirati society.
SCA's Key Initiatives
An Answer for Every Question Contest
SCA launched a weekly contest that ran for a month. As part of the contest, employees were asked questions in the securities field and were encouraged to look up answers in various knowledge sources, including websites, books, and encyclopedias.
National Reading Campaign
SCA has been sponsoring and supporting the National Reading Campaign launched by the Arabic Language Protection Association, in collaboration with the Arabic Reader Center. The campaign attracted one thousand schools from across the country.
My Family Reads Initiative
SCA joined efforts with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to distribute boxes containing selected books suitable for all age groups and covering various disciplines in an effort to encourage employee families to read.
Book Summary Contest
SCA organized a contest for the best presentation put together by employees. The presentation required employees to summarize a book that they read as part of My Family Reads Initiative referred to earlier.