His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has stressed the role of culture in ensuring the advancement and progress of societies, with the aim of combating extraneous and obscurantist ideas.
This came during a meeting of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah on Tuesday morning with the Councils’ members of the General Union of Arab Writers (GUAW) and the Emirates Writers Union (EWU) ,at the Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies (dara).
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah welcomed the guests, congratulating the members of the General Union of Arab Writers, for nominating Dr. Alaa Abdel-Hadi as the Secretary General of the GUAW, wishing him good luck and every success.
During the meeting, His Highness has also highlighted the great cultural development witnessed in Europe during the eighteenth century and the so-called era of lights, stressing the significant role of Arab intellectuals and writers in promoting the Arabic culture. His Highness has expressed his pride in the Arab intellectuals and writers, and their efforts and contributions to the advancement of societies.
The attendees discussed a number of cultural topics and ways of promoting Arabic culture and intellectuals.
His Highness has further shed light on the remarkable efforts and activities of the writers' unions and several other cultural institutions in the Arab world, underscoring their role in providing various literary publications; highlighting Arab intellectuals and innovators, as well as increasing cultural mobility in Arab societies.
The meeting touched on the importance of cultural and civilisational communication between the Arab world and the various countries of the world, aiming review the cultural experiences of international institutions and bodies to benefit from them, with the aim of popularising the Arab culture and intellectual.
The meeting also discussed the role of media institutions, stressing on their impact in spreading and promoting culture among members of society. His Highness was briefed on the plans and vision of the General Union of Arab Writers, aiming to achieve the desired objectives.