Sharjah, special guest city

  • Sharjah, special guest city

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  • Sharjah, the third largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the special guest city of Paris Book Fair. The emirate will be at the forefront, with a rich showcase of Arab culture and literature.

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  • About Sharjah

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    Located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, the emirate of Sharjah is the third largest of the seven emirates that form the UAE. It is ruled by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, whose vision is reflected in an emirate – a bustling metropolis, which is a hub for leading businesses, industry, tourism and education, yet true to its authentic Arabic roots.

    Sharjah is celebrated as one of the region’s most culturally gifted cities by the world. Through the years, the emirate has been conferred several prestigious titles substantiating the same, like the ‘Islamic Culture Capital’ in 2014, which recognises its significant contributions to preserving and promoting local culture at the local, regional and international levels. It was named the ‘Arab Culture Capital’ in 1998; the ‘Arab Tourist Capital’ in 2015, and more recently, ‘World Book Capital’ for the year 2019 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    The emirate of Sharjah is a cultural destination of tremendous depth, and home to more than 30 museums that feature an array of art exhibits and archaeological artefacts from modern and ancient worlds. It organises and hosts a large number of events, initiatives, exhibitions and festivals that aim to promote culture, arts, literature and education.

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