The representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Shvedikoy, inaugurated Sharjah events as a special guest at the Moscow International Book Fair, and toured with Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Head of the Department of Government Relations in Sharjah, in the emirate's co-pavilion, and reviewed the program of Sharjah activities Efforts to represent the UAE's cultural mobility to the world, in addition to the most prominent joint cultural projects between the UAE and Russia.
This came after the Moscow International Book Fair officially crowned Sharjah as the first distinguished Arab guest in its history, during the official opening ceremony of the 32nd session of the exhibition in the presence of Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, Ahmed bin Rakad Al Ameri, and the UAE Ambassador to Russia, Moedad Hareb. Al Khaili, former UAE Ambassador to Russia, Omar Ghobash, Chairman of Sharjah Culture Department, Abdullah Al Owais, Director of Sharjah Heritage Institute, Abdulaziz Musallam, Chairman of Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi, Ali Al Marri, and representatives of cultural institutions in the UAE and Sharjah. Of writers and intellectuals N Emiratis and Russians.
The opening of the pavilion, which was held under the supervision of the Sharjah Book Authority, included a tour during which the Russian President's representative met with 59 authors translated into Russian for selected Emirati and Arab writers. He also reviewed the events organized by the Sharjah International Book Capital Office. The Russian version of the books of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.He also reviewed the efforts of the Thousand Titles and Addresses, Culture Without Borders, Kalimat Group, the Emirates Publishers Association and the Emirates Writers Union. On the participation of a legacy council for contemporary crafts, and other cultural bodies and departments in Sharjah and the UAE.
The Russian President praised the importance of celebrating Sharjah, the World Book Capital 2019, and the cultural mobility center of the UAE and the Arab world, pointing out the impact of the emirate's cultural efforts in strengthening UAE-Russian relations at various levels.
Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi said: “The UAE and Russian communities have a long history of cooperation in the sectors of investment, trade and tourism, and I am confident that these relations will continue to grow, given the common values we share on the importance of culture and put them at the top of our development goals. The most prominent giants of world literature, such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin and other writers and writers, you can appreciate our efforts to benefit from literature and culture to promote human progress and human development ».
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Mikhail Yevimovich Shvedikoy said: “We are keen to strengthen cultural relations between Russia and the UAE. We consider Sharjah as the cultural gateway for us in the UAE and the region. In common with the cultural institutions in the emirate, we recognize the emirate's position at the Arab and international levels, and know the march led by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to reach the emirate until the capital is crowned. The World Book for 2019. »