Emirate of Sharjah
Sharjah is a symbol for culture, intellect and architectural revolution in the United Arab Emirates, renowned for its leading role as a patron of fine arts and an instiller of true cultural values, and for its ability to create a cultural identity that harmonizes between its Islamic roots and historical heritage, and between contemporaneity and openness to the many humanitarian cultures.
Among the circles of intellect and knowledge, Sharjah’s name has become synonymous with its ruler and patron, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who dedicated his life and efforts to add a rich cultural and intellectual flavour to life.
Sharjah is considered the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, and it is the only one with land overlooking both the Arab Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It is an embodiment of social and cultural harmony, surrounded with a unique cultural ambience and threaded with historical landmarks that bore witness to its growth and noble lineage along the years. It contains a number of important cities such as Al-Dhaid, and the three eastern enclaves known as Khor Fakkan, Kalba and Dibba Al-Hisn.
In 1998, UNESCO awarded Sharjah the title of the Cultural Capital of the Arab World, and this year it received the title of the Capital of Islamic Culture.