Saturday, September 26, 2020

Sharjah wins the UNESCO title

The Ruler of Sharjah officially accepted the Unesco World Book Capital title for the emirate during the grand ceremony at Al Majaz Amphitheatre on Tuesday (April 23) night.

His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, led the celebration that coincided with World Book Day, expressing how honoured and happy he was to represent the vision of the world’s forefathers, scientists and thinkers: “to fill the libraries of the world with knowledge.shining a light on the path of humanity and leaving us a human legacy that we are proud of”.

“It is a great honour to follow in their footsteps. To embrace books and knowledge as a tool to build, not destroy. a tool to nurture love, brotherhood and tolerance,” Sheikh Sultan said.

“I cannot fully express my happiness to be present here, as we offer a grand welcome to Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 celebrations.”

Sheikh Sultan received the World Book Capital 2019 title from Ernesto Ottone R., assistant director-general of Unesco; Markos Bolaris, deputy minister of foreign affairs, Greece; and Fiona Andrikopoulou, communication and public relation advisor for Athens
WBC 2018.

The Ruler said that with the World Book Capital title, Sharjah’s reading and knowledge drive achieves a “new meaning”.

“This title will encourage us to continue supporting initiatives aimed at spreading knowledge and building civilisations, thus making Sharjah a cradle of the Arab and Islamic cultural and intellectual renaissance.

“There is so much more to accomplish. The production of knowledge never stops, and the development of life continues. Rest assured that Sharjah is prepared to continue on this journey, and God willing, our devoted sons and daughters will continue our march to make Sharjah a true beacon of science and knowledge – a destination for everyone thirsty for culture, for thought and the sciences.”

Besides crowning Sharjah as this year’s World Book Capital, the ceremony also kicked off a year-long cultural extravaganza in the emirate, with a long list of book-themed events and activities all lined up.

Taking the stage, Ottone R. congratulated Sheikh Sultan and the emirate for developing an impressive World Book Capital programme to celebrate “the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding, dialogue and tolerance”.

“Sharjah was selected by Unesco and its partners for your unwavering commitment to promoting intercultural dialogue through books and reading. Your programme ‘Open Books – Open Minds’ is designed to reach out to marginalised populations, promoting books as a driver of social inclusion, creativity and mutual respect,” he said.

“I know that this spirit of inclusion and dialogue will guide all of Sharjah’s activities as World Book Capital,” Ottone R. added.

As part of the inauguration ceremony, Sheikh Sultan, along with all the officials at the event, witnessed the world premiere of 1001 Nights: The Last Chapter, which has been dubbed the biggest and grandest stage adaptation of the One Thousand and One Nights folktale.


Bahrain exports BD190 Million Worth of Products of National Origins during August 2020

The Information &eGovernment Authority (iGA) issued its foreign trade report of August 2020, encompassing data on the balance of trade, imports, exports (national origin),...

Driver License and Vehicle Certificates Can Now Be Issued Via!

Having earlier introduced a number of traffic services such as Payment of Traffic Conventions and Issuance of International Driving Licenses, the National Portal

Health Ministry: target of 6000 volunteers reached

A total of 6000 people hailing from different nationalities have volunteered for the phase III COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. The Ministry of Health has announced...

Gulf Air Appoints Bahraini Country Manager in Kuwait

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it has appointed Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hamer as a Country Manager...

KHK MMA dominates at BRAVE CF 41 with four huge victories

BRAVE Combat Federation hosted the first of three groundbreaking events last Thursday in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with seven bouts taking place behind closed...

stc Bahrain, the first telecom operator in Bahrain to offer Roadside Assistance and Home Assistance services

stc Bahrain, a world-class digital enabler, is the first telecom operator in Bahrain to venture into Roadside Assistance and Home Assistance services, expanding its...

Education Minister participates in virtual meeting

Minister of Education Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi participated in the Arab Education Ministers meeting on endorsing the document of developing education in...

Health Minister urges compliance to reduce COVID-19 infections

Health Minister Faeqa bint Said Al-Saleh urged full compliance with the mandatory precautionary measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). She called...

GLOMAT – The First Thai-Bahrain Hybrid Virtual Business Meeting

The Royal Thai Embassy, in cooperation with the Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) Thailand, Institution of Small and Medium Enterprises Development of Thailand and...

Batelco Launches Unlimited Business Mobile Packages

Batelco has unveiled its latest business mobile packages in a complete refresh of its existing packages, targeted at business customers including entrepreneurs, SMEs and...

The Avenues-Bahrain 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration

The Avenues-Bahrain is celebrating its 3rd year anniversary since opening its doors to the public on the 29th of October 2017. The Avenues –...

Gulf Air Resumes Direct Flights to Dhaka

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it has resumed its direct flights to and from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal...

Volunteering for Humanity: The phase III clinical trials in the Kingdom

The phase III clinical trials are being conducted in the Kingdom in collaboration with Abu-Dhabi based G42 Healthcare using a vaccine developed by Sinopharm...

The National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) provided an update on the COVID-19 response in the Kingdom

The National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) today held a press conference at the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research...

Loan payment deference to help citizens, SMEs

The banks’ response to defer loan payments until the end of the year is a continuation of the initiatives in the financial and economic...