Arab World’s First-Ever Museum Exhibit on Holocaust Opens in Dubai

Ahmed Obaid Almansoori, founder of the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

June 9, 2021

The first-ever permanent exhibition in the Arab world dedicated to commemorating the Jewish victims of the Holocaust opened in the United Arab Emirates last month.

The “We Remember” display at the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai features personal testimonies of survivors of the Nazi genocide.

The exhibit also highlights the stories of Arabs and Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

“It’s very important people be educated about it so it will not happen again,” said Ahmed Obaid Almansoori, the founder of the museum. “How can people not repeat a mistake if they don’t understand it?”

Rabbi Elie Abadie, the senior rabbi for the Jewish Council of the Emirates, told CNN, “Although most people in the Middle East know the Holocaust took place, they do not speak or learn about it as much. Now, the region is opening up, and this exhibition gives tribute to what has happened and demonstrates the public recognition of history.”

The exhibit appears to be another manifestation of the warming ties between Muslims and Jews in the Middle East following the signing of the Abraham Accords last year.

Watch a Khaleej Times report on the “We Remember” exhibition below: