ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Oasis (paradox) is the theme of the Al Sidr Environmental Film Festival in February 2022. The oasis, an integral feature of Emirati geography and history, mainly conjures up hope. The oasis, a representation of fertility in the desert, flowing with precious waters, invokes sustainability.
Yet, the oasis is also a human construction that has revealed environmental degradation, human vulnerability, and disease. When the oasis was established in the UAE, these human made pools of water also brought malaria. The need for water also made the oasis the center of power, greed, and wars. This paradox entrances us as eras of Climate Change and COVID-19 stare at us with similar dynamics, such as the devastating mining of lithium for greener electric cars.
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY-ABU DHABI
The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi regulates and enforces Abu Dhabi's environmental laws to protect biodiversity and preserve the quality of life for a sustainable future. Starting as a small group of pioneering ecologists in 1996 working in the harsh desert environment, we have grown – breaking down barriers and pushing the limits of science and conservation. We are now the largest environmental regulator in the Middle East, continuing the strong legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by exemplifying his values of conservation.
ABOUT ZAYED UNIVERSITY
Zayed University is a national and regional leader in educational innovation. Founded in 1998 and proudly bearing the name of the founder of the nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this flagship institution has met the president’s high expectations. Today, Zayed University has two modern campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that welcome both national and international students.