The councillor awarded the Lupa Capitolina statuette, symbol of the Eternal City, to sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, president of Abu Dhabi's Authority for Tourism and Culture for the intense cooperation between the Italian capital Rome and the United Arab Emirates.
'Rome and Abu Dhabi share without a doubt a relevant role in culture, tourism and trade: the Premio Roma, which has reached its 14th edition, serves as an ideal bridge between two such important contexts worldwide and proves once again its great value in promoting the image and culture of Rome, the capital of Italy. However the Premio Roma is not just about culture, science and literature: thanks to the twinning accord between the capital of Italy and the United Arab Emirates this year, the prize is also an occasion to develop an increasingly fertile and concrete dialogue in all sectors and give new and stronger impulse to cultural, commercial and tourism exchanges with a country which is a protagonist from an economic as well as a scientific and technological standpoint. The final appointment, as in previous editions, will be in July with a ceremony to award the prize which will take place at the Roman theatre in Ostia Antica'.
'The message of the Premio Roma is based on some fundamental values including culture, the importance of the relationship between tradition and modernity, pluralism of scientific thought,' said Ambassador Starace. 'The twinning between these two leading international contexts bears witness of how intense and fruitful are relations between Rome Capital and the United Arab Emirates, a country rich in tradition and projected towards the future. The Premio Roma is an occasion to develop an increasingly fertile and concrete dialogue in all sectors'.