Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan toured Sharjah’s Museum of Islamic Civilisation on Sunday on the sidelines of his participation in the second Government Communication Forum (GCF 2013).
Erdogan was taken on a tour of the museum’s rare historical treasures and unique Islamic collections. He was accompanied by Shaikh Abdullah Bin Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.
The Turkish Prime Minister’s visit marks an important step in his desire to familiarise himself with the cultural institutions in the UAE, especially Sharjah, which was named the capital of Arabic Culture for 1998 and has been chosen as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014 as well as the Capital of Arab Tourism 2015 in recognition of its leading cultural role at local, regional, Arab and international levels.
Manal Ataya, Sharjah Museum Department’s Director General, said that they were “extremely proud and honoured that the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation is on the special programme of the Turkish Prime Minister’s visit to the UAE, a fact that recognises Sharjah’s vital cultural position regionally and internationally”.