Overview > Overview of ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2020

David Fricker

President, International Council
on Archives,
Director General,
National Archives of Australia

On behalf of the International Council on Archives, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2020 to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 17 to 22 2021.  Held every four years since our inaugural session in 1950, the ICA Congress today is universally recognized as the most important forum for professionals, institutions and industries engaged with archives, records and information management.

The theme for ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2020 is Empowering Knowledge Societies. This recognizes the transformational power that access to reliable information can have within our modern society. It highlights the significant role that archives play in preserving and enabling access to the records of our governments and institutions and to the multi-media records documenting society.  These records are the authoritative evidence of decisions and achievement and form our social memory. 

ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2020 coincides with the major international EXPO 2020 being held in Dubai. The theme of EXPO 2020 is “Connecting minds, Creating the Future” and many countries are planning to have a significant presence there.  ICA participants will have the opportunity to visit the Expo and experience the varied technological and societal developments being showcased in the national pavilions: a truly inspirational experience in perhaps the most exciting venue on the planet this year.

For our sponsors and exhibitors, ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2020 in Abu Dhabi will provide a rare and valuable opportunity to engage with an expected 2500+ delegates from around the world but also to establish direct links with leaders in the Middle East at a time of unprecedented investment in the fields of archival collection management, digital recordkeeping and public programming for education and the public.

Those of us on the ICA Executive Board and in the Forum of National Archivists had a taste of UAE hospitality this past year. It was an extraordinary time of friendship, comfortable venues, delightful meals and, as a result, productive meetings.  ICA Congress 2020 will be a memorable experience for all. 

I invite you to join us in Abu Dhabi for ICA Congress Abu Dhabi 2020—Empowering Knowledge Societies—to hear first-hand the insights and visions of international thought leaders.  Most importantly, we need you to join the conversation, become active in the international professional network that is the ICA and help advance the archival mission worldwide.   

Abdulla Al Raisi, Ph.D.

Director General  –  The National Archives of UAE, Ministry of Presidential Affairs

With the guidance and strong support of His Highness, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and on behalf of all the staff of the National Archives, I am honoured to invite you to attend the 19th Congress of the International Council on Archives. This will be held in our capital city, Abu Dhabi, from October 17 to 22, 2021. It will coincide with the excitement of EXPO 2020 close by in Dubai, when visitors from around the world will be welcomed to the United Arab Emirates. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi for the ICA Abu Dhabi 2020 Congress: Empowering Knowledge Societies.