UAE Press: 50 years celebrating Sheikh Sultan as Sharjah Ruler

UAE Press: 50 years celebrating Sheikh Sultan as Sharjah Ruler

ABU DHABI, 26th January, 2022 – It is 50 years since H.

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Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi became the Ruler of Sharjah, the cultural capital of the Arab world, and a pillar of the UAE union since its inception in 1971, noted a local English daily.

“From the day he became the Ruler of Sharjah on January 24, 1972, following the death of his brother Shaikh Khalid, until today, Sheikh Sultan has devoted considerable effort and resources to the cultural and social development of the emirate,” said Gulf News in an editorial on Wednesday.

The newspaper explained that the march of progress and development continues unabated.

Sharjah has become a byword for community and cultural interface of the nation.

Under Sheikh Sultan’s rule, UNESCO declared Sharjah “Cultural Capital of the Arab world” in 1998.

The UN made the emirate the “World Book Capital” in 2019.

Sharjah also has the distinction of being designated as the Islamic Culture capital in 2014 and capital of Arab tourism in 2019.

“None of this could have been achieved without the vision and determined efforts of Sheikh Sultan,” the editorial stated.

Known throughout the region as a patron of arts and culture, he has written a number of books and scholarly texts as well as plays that have been translated in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Urdu, Persian among other languages.

It went on to say, “In a region rife with conflict, the UAE stands out as a place that promotes intercultural interactions and dialogues among the peoples of the world.

Throughout his five decades as a Ruler, Sheikh Sultan has ensured that this ‘bridging the minds and souls’ of the people became easier.

“With an impressive collection of museums, some of them dedicated to Islamic civilisation, archaeology, and the arts, Sharjah has become a cultural and tourist destination in its own right.

However, that alone is not Sheikh Sultan’s legacy.

“The policies he sought to implement in Sharjah have always focused on the development of the most precious wealth of any nation – its people.

Creating jobs, regularly raising salaries of employees and retirees, social welfare schemes, pro-family policies, world-class higher education institutions, have always been top priorities in Sharjah.

The human being has always been the cornerstone of Sultan’s project in Sharjah, in addition of course to his tireless humanitarian work.

The development of Sharjah – from Al Majaz Waterfront to Khor Fakkan – has been in sync with the vision, identity and values stemming from Islamic teachings and Emirati heritage.

The Dubai-based daily concluded by saying, “Thanks to Sheikh Sultan’s relentless drive to establish municipal councils in the cities and towns of Sharjah, the emirate has retained its historic charm and cultural identity in the 21st century.

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