• shiekh sultan sharjah ruler

    His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad bin Saqr bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Saqr bin Rashid Al Qasimi was born in Sharjah on Sunday, 2nd July 1939 AD, 14th Jumada-I 1358 Hijri.

    His mother is Sheikha Maryam bint Sheikh Ghanem bin Salim bin Abdullah bin Saeed bin Sabt bin Matar bin Sultan bin Faris bin Shahwan Al Shamsi.

    His Highness has four brothers and two sisters: Sheikh Khalid, Sheikh Saqr, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, Sheikh Abdullah, Sheikha Shiekha and Sheikha Naema.

    His Highness also has half-brothers and sisters: Sheikh Rashid, Sheikh Humaid, Sheikh Ali, Sheikha Mouza, Sheikha Alia, Sheikha Ghaya, Sheikha Noura, Sheikha Aisha and Sheikha Azza.

    His senior wife was Sheikha Moza bint Salim bin Mohammed bin Manee Al Falasi (her grandmother, Sheikha Mouza bint Sheikh Ghanem bin Sheikh Salim Al Shamsi, is His Highness’s aunt), and with whom he had two children: his son, Sheikh Mohammed (May God rest his Soul), who passed away at a young age, and his daughter, Sheikha Azza. His Highness also married Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, with whom he has three daughters and one son: Sheikha Bodour, Sheikha Noor, Sheikha Hoor and Sheikh Khalid.

    His Highness grew up with a deep-rooted love for his country and was able to expand his knowledge through broad education. During his early childhood he became enamoured of the history of his country and was taught the Holy Quran by Sheikh Faris bin Abdul Rahman. In September 1948, at the age of 9 years, he enrolled in Al Eslah Al Qasimia School. In 1954, His Highness enrolled in an English private school to learn the English language. He completed his elementary and secondary education between Sharjah and Kuwait. In 1965, he travelled to Cairo to complete his higher education, enrolling in the College of Agriculture at Cairo University.

    For two years, particularly from February 1961 to September 1963, he taught English and Mathematics at Sharjah Industrial School.

    In 1965, His Highness chaired the Municipality and, after his graduation in 1971, he managed the Ruler’s office in Sharjah. Following the establishment of the United Arab Emirates on 2nd December 1971, the ministers’ council was formed and His Highness became the UAE’s Minister of Education.

    On 25th January 1972, 9th Dhi Al-Hijja 1391 (Arafa Day) His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi became the Ruler of Sharjah after its former ruler, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, was assassinated in an attempted coup by loyalists of Sheikh Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi. His Highness Sheikh Sultan became a member of the UAE Supreme Council at the age of 32 years.

    His Highness is the 18th Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah in a chain of Al Qasimi Rulers since 1600 AD. He has been at the forefront of the emirate’s cultural, economic and social development and also played a significant role in promoting cultural interaction and dialogue among nations at local, regional and international levels..

Educational Qualifications

  • Primary Education

  • Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Bachelor in Agriculture

  • Doctor with Distinction in History

    Exeter University; Exeter, UK
    10 May 1985
  • Doctor in Political Geography of the Gulf

    Durham University,Durham, UK
    2 July 1999

Official and Academic Positions

  • Official and Academic Positions

    • Ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (1972-to present).
    • Member of the Supreme Council of UAE (1972-to present).
    • Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates (1971-1972).
    • President, American University of Sharjah (1997-to present).
    • President, University of Sharjah (1997-to present).
    • Visiting Professor, Exeter University (1998).
    • Professor, Modern History of the Gulf, University of Sharjah (1999).
    • Faculty member, Visiting Professor (part-time), Cairo University (2008).
    • Member of the Companion of the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors, Cambridge University; in recognition of his generous support of the continuation of the University’s commitment to teaching and research; Cambridge, UK (21st June 2004).
    • Founding Member of the University of Exeter’s College of Benefactors, Exeter University; in recognition of his generous and continuous support of higher education and research; Exeter, United Kingdom (15th May 2007).
    • Visiting Professor, Cairo University (2008).
    • Member of the Academy of Sciences Lisbon (3rd October 2013).
    • President, Al Qasimia University, Sharjah (2015).
    • Chairman of the Arabic Language Academy in Sharjah (2017).

Honorary Degrees

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree

    University of Coimbra, Portugal
    October 2018
  • Honorary Doctorate in Education and Cultural Relations

    September 2017

  • Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences

    Cairo, Egypt
    May 2015
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

    March 2012
  • Honorary Doctorate in Political Science

    September 2011
  • Honorary Doctorate

    Kanazawa, Japan
    April 2010
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

    Cairo, Egypt
    February 2009
  • Honorary Doctorate in Arts

    November 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate in Administration

    May 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy

    October 2006
  • Honorary Doctorate

    September 2005
  • Honorary Doctorate in Administration

    May 2004
  • Honorary Doctorate in Laws

    April 2003
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters

    15 July 2001

  • Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy

    February 2001
  • Honorary Doctorate in History

  • Honorary Doctorate in Arabic and Islamic studies

  • Honorary Doctorate in Law

  • Honorary Doctorate in Sciences

    April 1983

Honorary Positions

  • Honorary Positions

    • Honorary Fellowship of Royal Institute of British Architects in recognition of his highness contributions to architecture and improving the quality of the built environment. (02 November 2018)
    • Honorary membership of the Arabic Language Academy in recognition of his highness role in the Arabic language and culture service. (24 December 2015)
    • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh in recognition of His Highness’s role in supporting the medical and academic community at the international level. (16 June 2015)
    • Honorary President of the Arab Federation for Tourist Guides. (2013)
    • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, UK (12 November 2009)
    • Honorary President; Union of Arab Universities. (2009)
    • Honorary President; Arab Theatre Institute. (2008)
    • Honorary President; Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences .(2008)
    • Honorary President; Islamic International Organization for the History of Sciences. (2008)
    • Honorary Member, Writers’ Union of Egypt .(2008)
    • Honorary President; Egyptian Association for the Study of History. (2001)
    • Honorary President; Council of World University Service (WUS). (1998)
    • Honorary President; Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. (1998)
    • Honorary Member, Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; University of Durham, UK. (22 October 1992)
    • Honorary Member, National Geographic Society (established 1888); in recognition of his support of the diffusion of geographical knowledge and promotion of research and exploration; Washington, D.C., USA. (January 2004)
    • Honorary Fellow, African Studies Institute; Khartoum University; Khartoum, Sudan. (1977)

Medals & Awards

  • Shield from Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

    Cairo, Egypt
    6 November 2017
  • Shield from National Institute of Oncology

    Cairo, Egypt
    6 November 2017
  • Order of the Arab Organization for Education, First Class

    Sharjah, UAE
    2 October 2017
  • Lord Baden-Powell Award

    Sharjah, UAE
    4 February 2016
  • Germany's Grand Order of Merit with Star

    Sharjah, UAE
    2 July 2015
  • Shield from the Arab League

    Cairo, Egypt
    13 May 2015
  • Order of the Republic, one of Egypt’s highest awards

    Cairo, Egypt
    11 May 2015
  • Cultural Personality of the Year at Jerusalem Culture Festival

    Jerusalem, Palestine
    8 April 2015
  • Gold Medal

    Academy of Sciences
    3 Oct 2013
  • Zayed Medal for The President Merit Award for Culture, Arts and Literature

    UAE - Abu Dhabi
    29 November 2012
  • Gold Medal, International Theatre Institute World Congress

    Xiamen, China
    19 Sept 2011
  • Gold Medal, Union of Arab Universities

    Amman, Jordan
    April 2009
  • Distinction Trophy

    Cairo, Egypt
    16 March 2008
  • Arab Archeologists' shield

    Sharjah, UAE 
    8 December 2005
  • The Medal of Merit in Work

    Yerevan, Armenia
    19 September 2005
  • Distinction Trophy, Arab Scout Organization

    Cairo, Egypt 
    6 April 2005
  • Distinguished Personality of the Year; Al Qareen 10th Cultural Festival

    Kuwait City, Kuwait
    13 January 2004
  • Human Rights Medal (UNESCO)

    Paris, France
    17 December 2003
  • Republic Order in Arts of the class of a Knight, Republic of France

    Paris, France 
    20 February 2003
  • Gold Trophy

    21 November 1998
  • Avicenna Gold Medal (UNESCO)

    Paris, France
    26 October 1998
  • Gold Medal

    Casablanca, Morocco
  • Gold Medal

    Istanbul, Turkey
    October 1990
  • Scarf Honor of Republic of Sudan

    22 October 1977


  • Simon Master Chairman’s Award

    United kingdom
    15 March 2017
  • Arab excellence award in support of poetic creativity

    08  February 2017

  • March of Giving Award

    United Arab Emirates
    13 December 2016
  • The World Health Organization (WHO)

    United Arab Emirates
    17 March 2015
  • Asian Chess Federation Personality of the Year

    United Arab Emirates 
    04 June 2014
  • Gulf Theatre Festival Personality of the Year

    United Arab Emirates
    12 May 2014
  • Distinguished Heritage Personality of the Year

    25 February 2013
  • Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Award for Studies and Research on the History of the Arabian Peninsula

  • Gulf School Theatre Pioneers Award

    03 May 2012
  • Arab Federation for Libraries and Information Award

    19 December 2011
  • Creative Sports Award

    United Arab Emirates
  • Cultural Personality of the Year; Sheikh Zayed Book Award for 2010

    United Arab Emirates
    03 March 2010
  • Distinguished Personality of the Year

    United Arab Emirates
  • Centennial Shield

  • Princess Fatima Ismail Distinguished Award

  • Distinction Award; King Faisal International Islamic Award

  • Academic Excellence; Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum Award

    United Arab Emirates

Highlights & Glimpses

  • Nurturing civic awareness, participation, and social responsibilities

    • the establishment of Civil Society Organizations (volunteer non-governmental organizations) to promote national and social interactions between the community and governmental organization.
    • The duties of the Sharjah Consultative Council are to involve locals in the development process and to review projects at all levels in the Emirate.
    • The duties of Municipal Councils in urban and rural areas of Sharjah are to promote the involvement of the civil community in governmental organizations in terms of vision, projects and planning.
  • Establishment of Sharjah Award for Arabic Culture

    The idea of this award was conceived after Sharjah was appointed as the cultural capital of the Arab World by UNESCO in 1998.

    The award was officially adopted based on His Highness, Ruler of Sharjah’s generous initiative to allocate the sum of $250,000 to UNESCO in order to reward creative people (Arab and non-Arab) and to promote creativity targeting culture and development.

  • Touring Sharjah Cultural Festival in different cities of the world

    His Highness is a firm believer in the importance and significance of culture's role in bridging the gap between nations. The touring Sharjah Cultural Festival brings out aspects of Arab culture and arts to different cities all over the world.

  • Fostering Culture, Arts and Sciences

    • Sharjah Creative Thinking Foundation that deals with Arabic publishing. One of its publications is the 33-volume Islamic Encyclopaedia in Cairo, Egypt, beginning from early 1990s.
    • Sharjah TV& Radio in 1989.
    • Creation of an Arts Zone in the Shwaihain area in Old Sharjah in 1993.
    • Culture and Information Department,1981.
    • Sharjah International Book Fair, 1981.
    • Network of Public Libraries in Sharjah, 1987.
    • Sharjah Police Award for the Arab World.
    • Sharjah Biennial Exhibition,1993.
    • Islamic Art Festival in Sharjah, 1998.
    • Culture without Borders to provide a home library for each family in Sharjah, 2008.
    • Al Qasimi publications, 2008.
    • Sharjah Arts Foundation, 2010.
  • Conservation of National Heritage and Arab Identity

    • The Sharjah Creative Thinking Foundation that deals with Arabic publishing. One of its publications is the 33-volume Islamic Encyclopedia in Cairo, Egypt, early 1990s.
    • Restoration and maintenance of traditional buildings and re-opening of old places in Sharjah such as Al Arsah Historical Souq, the Al Merijah area, the Al Shwaihain area, etc.), 1994.
    • Rebuilding of the Old Sharjah Fort where Sharjah records are archived and which has become a museum for the emirate, 1997.
  • Social Care

    • Centers for social care and rehabilitation of disabled people, 1999.
    • Elderly Care Centers, 1986.
    • Establishment of cultural, social, scientific andsports centers, for women, children and youth, 1981.
    • Sponsoring the Annual Arab Children’s Gathering in Sharjah. Since 1998.
    • Establishment of Centers for ladies and children in Sharjah.
    • Establishment of Youth Centersin Sharjah.
    • Establishment of Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah.
  • Commerce, Industry and Agriculture

    • Laid the foundation of basic infrastructure that paved the way for the development of production and government bodies in their various aspects leading to an expansion of local and foreign trade in the industrial sector.
    • Promotion of the tourism industry and the establishment of specialized public institutions in a global development process that boosted the performance of the GNP of the Emirate with special note from agriculture and industry.
    • Adoption of Islamic Architecture in public buildings and market places.
    • Expansion of green landscapes, public gardens and parks.
    • Creation of the Botanic Garden which is the first of its kind in the region vying with its international peers.
    • Creation of model free zones in Hamriyah and Sharjah International Airport.