Sharjah: His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, released on Friday night a number of his history publications recently translated into French.
Present at the event were Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), and Shaikha Budoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, founder and CEO of Emirates Publishers Association and Kalimat Group, as well as a number of prominent Emirati, Arab and French intellectuals and writers.
The translated publications featured important titles that touch on the history of Al Qawassim in general and the history of Sharjah in particular, including ‘Tale of A City — Volumes I and II’, ‘The Myth of Arab Piracy in the Gulf’, and ‘Power Struggles and Trade in the Gulf’ (1620-1820).
During the event, Dr Shaikh Sultan delivered a speech thanking the attendees for accepting his invitation to witness the signing ceremony of his books which have a special importance as they all revolve around the conflict between Britain and other powers.
He also thanked France, its people and President Emmanuel Macron for their warm hospitality, which he received.
Earlier, Shaikh Sultan arrived at the National Opera House in Paris where he was warmly welcomed and treated with Sharjah National Art Heritage Group’s ayyalah dance and popular shows.
Before launching the publications, the Sharjah Ruler met with an elite group of culture, creativity and publishing pioneers and discussed with them literary and cultural issues in the Arab world in particular and the world at large, as well as the Arab culture in the light of crisis and conflict, and ways to promote Arab culture and support intellectuals.
The opening ceremony was held at the Paris Opera House, a masterpiece of architectural antiques, rich in exquisite artistic architecture, a palace dating back to 1669 built during the rule of King Louis IV upon the request of Napoleon III as part of a campaign launched then to rebuild Paris.
Jean Pierre-Raffarin, former prime minister of France, gave the inaugural speech in which he commended Sharjah’s high status, its establishment of many museums and theatres, and its great interest in arts, culture and literature, under the patronage of the Sharjah Ruler.
Raffarin highlighted the cultural and literary achievements of Sharjah, which qualified the emirate to win the titles of the “Arab Capital of Culture” in 1998 and the “Capital of Islamic Culture” in 2014 by the Unesco.
Raffarin went on to say that Sharjah has played a vital role in spreading education, arts and culture through setting up several universities, art museums, initiatives and contributions. In appreciation of what it has done, Sharjah has become a distinguished guest at the current edition of the Paris Book Fair.
Raffarin praised Shaikh Sultan’s personality, which brings together a man of state and an intellectual and historian who presented many historical publications and literary works, providing a detailed explanation of recent publications translated into French. He confirmed the Ruler of Sharjah has corrected many false information in his book ‘The Myth of Arab Piracy in the Gulf’, as well as his narration of the history of the British occupation and its exploitation of wealth in his book ‘The Power Struggles and Trade in the Gulf’.
The ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials, members of Arab diplomatic corps, chief editors of UAE media institutions, officials from local and federal departments as well as intellectuals and publishers.