Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) is celebrating the historic 20th anniversary of Sharjah Art Museum during the prestigious Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

A large delegation from SMD played a key role in the travel and tourism exhibition, using the occasion to highlight Sharjah Art Museum’s most significant exhibitions, collaborations and educational programmes of the past 20 years.

The event was an opportunity to showcase Sharjah Art Museum to an international audience of decision makers and influencers in the travel and tourism industry in a bid to break into new markets.

Now in its 24th year, the annual business-to-business exhibition at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre showcases more than 2,800 products and destinations from around the world to over 26,000 buyers and travel trade visitors.

Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, said: “Our aim at Arabian Travel Market was to celebrate the accomplishments of Sharjah Art Museum’s numerous exhibitions, collaborations, education programs over the past 20 years.

“There can be no better occasion than Arabian Travel Market to highlight the incredible journey the museum has experienced over the past two decades, as well as the dedication of our staff, making it now the largest art museum in the Gulf.”

Sharjah Art Museum has come a long way since it was established in 1995 as the Gulf’s first art museum, initially located at Bait Al-Serkal, then officially in the current building from 1997. 

The museum has followed the vision of Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and Sharjah Government to support art and culture, make it accessible for all, and create art awareness for all society. It also aims to develop the aesthetic tastes of society and create awareness for the benefit of people living in the Emirate. Under this vision, Sharjah Art Museum has organised and hosted several exhibitions, art events and education programmes.

Over the past 20 years, the museum has formed many successful partnerships with museums and art institutions in the country, the region and internationally.

SMD participated at ATM in partnership with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). The delegation highlighted SMD’s entire museum portfolio of cultural and historical offerings and attractions, including antiquities, arts, calligraphy, heritage, marine life, science and Islamic civilization. It also revealed its numerous contributions to educational, entertainment, and social and environmental fields.

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