His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and President of the Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA), received a number of senior Arab theater artists, presidents of theatrical institutes and captains of artists, guests of the opening ceremony of the SPAA, at the Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies (dara).
The Ruler of Sharjah welcomed the guests, said, “We welcome you to the UAE and Sharjah, the incubator of Arab culture, and we wish you a pleasant stay with us, this presence which drives us to give more and prove our feet for charitable cultural work”.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah explained in a speech to the guests that Sharjah and its cultural work was not born of the moment, especially in the field of theater, in 1955 the theater was able to contribute to the support of education through a play by students of Al Qasimia School and has allocated tickets worth Rs. 30,000 - equivalent to 3 million dirhams today - to build additional classes for the school and accommodating the growing numbers of students wishing to learn.
Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi added that the theater in Sharjah continued to give by displaying what touches the people and and displays everything that reflects their reality and their lives, this approach has continued from those days to the present day.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah pointed out that, "The fact that the Arab world has suffered from the emergence of extremist ideological currents has forced us in Sharjah not to limit our cultural mobility to the local level only, but extended to all countries of the Arab world and in various fields”.
Ruler of Sharjah affirmed, “The creation of a specialised academy in theater is one aspect of our work in the face of these currents, and education will extend to include the various sciences of theater, writing, lighting, fashion and music”.
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah invited the attendees to contribute to the sponsorship and selection a talented people from their countries to study in the academy in order to serve the Arab theater and to prepare a generation of theatrical academic conscious armed with science and talent and able to continue the march.
Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi stressed that the Sharjah Performing Arts Academy came to complete the work of theatrical institutes in the Arab world and that Sharjah is fully prepared to provide moral and material support to all institutes concerned with theater.