H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday evening, received President Emmanuel Macron of France during his visit to Sharjah pavilion participating in Paris Book Fair 2018, in Paris. The cultural event is being held from 16th to 19th March.
The French President, accompanied by H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, toured the pavilion of Sharjah, which is a distinguished guest at the current edition of the exhibition in appreciation of its contributions and initiatives in supporting the culture and intellectuals in the Arab and Islamic worlds, and its promotion of cultural movement in its various literary and artistic fields as well as its efforts in supporting translation, especially into French.
The Ruler of Sharjah briefed the French President on the most prominent institutions and supporters of the book and writers in the UAE in general and in Sharjah in particular, highlighting Sharjah's pioneering role in serving the community and making it closer to the book through its various initiatives.
Concluding the tour, the Ruler of Sharjah presented the French President with a number of HH’s historic publications and literary works translated into French.
Sheikh Sultan had earlier visited the Paris Book Fair along with his wife Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SCFA, in the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and CEO of Emirates Publishers Association and Kalimat Group.
During his tour of the Fair, Sharjah Ruler visited the Sharjah Pavilion, which houses a number of publishing institutions including Sharjah Book Authority, Sharjah Department of Culture, Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies, Dara, Sharjah Media Corporation, UAE Writers Union, Emirates Book Association, UAE Publishers Association, UAE Board on Books for Young People, Sharjah Libraries, Knowledge without Borders, ‘1001 Titles’ initiative, Al Qasimi Publications, Kalimat Group, and Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature.
On the sideline of the visit, Sharjah Ruler held a meeting with intellectuals, writers and the educated during which His Highness discussed a number of friendly topics of mutual concern in the cultural fields and means of developing the cultural reality in the Arab world following which Sheikh Sultan received a number of books and literary publications as gifts from several intellectuals and writers.
The opening of the Paris Book Fair was attended by several UAE and French senior officials in addition to chief editors of a number of local, federal and Arabic newspapers.