Ruler of Sharjah crowned with ‘Heritage man of the year 2013’ award

Champion of cultural heritage conservation

SHARJAH - His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, was honoured on Wednesday with the ‘Heritage man of the year 2013’ award at the official opening of Sharjah Heritage Days in the Emirate of Sharjah.
The award was presented by the Arab Centre for Tourism Media, in recognition of Sheikh Sultan’s leading role and efforts in serving heritage. The award was given by Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasim Al Thani, a top businessman and owner of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasim Al Thani Museum in Qatar.
Dr Sheikh Sultan has been the ruler of Sharjah since the early 1970s and has established several institutions supporting the conservation of cultural heritage. He has written several books, including an autobiography published recently and The Myth of Arab Piracy in the Gulf, published in 1986.
The 11th edition of Sharjah Heritage Days is held under the theme "Traditional Knowledge is the pillar of the Heritage."
The annual event will focus on promoting the UAE’s cultural identity and heritage in its eleventh edition. Several traditional shows will be on display throughout the event, including a traditional Emirati wedding, folk dances, and performances.
Organised by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, the Directorate of Heritage of the Department of Culture and Information and the Sharjah Media Centre, the cultural event will run until April 20 in Sharjah’s Heritage Area along with seven other destinations.