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FamilySearch International, a global nonprofit and the world’s largest family history organization, launched RootsTech 2022 at the World Expo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 3-5, 2022. Guests were invited from across the Middle East to discover the latest technologies to globally connect families and preserve heritage for future generations. The annual RootsTech conference is a virtual event which attracted millions of attendees from around the world. 

The World Expo in Dubai is a six-month event running from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, and has brought the world together under the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” It is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Over 192 countries are participating, providing immersive cultural experiences for guests from around the world.

In keeping with the World Expo theme of “Connection,” FamilySearch sponsored two events—a special luncheon at the United States Pavilion under the theme of “Connecting Families, Preserving Heritage” and a RootsTech event at the Opportunity Forum. Luncheon guests came from across the Middle East and North Africa, including government ministers, record custodians, and religious and cultural affairs leaders.

Guest speaker His Highness Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, from the ruling family of Sharjah and Ras Al-Khaimah, shared how our family stories connect us and the importance of connecting to our families in order to preserve our heritage — past, present and in the future. He said the family is central to the culture and way of life in the United Arab Emirates.

“I find great inspiration from learning about and remembering our ancestors and what they stood for and walked towards,” Sheikh Al-Qasimi said. “Thanks to the work of FamilySearch, we are able to learn more about our ancestors.”

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