Sheikh Sultan Inaugurates Armenian Cultural Show

SHARJAH (Sharjah-Welcome.Com)–Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi–inaugurated on Sunday the Armenian cultural exhibition at the art district.

The art exhibition–which showcases more than 60 paintings and various other Armenian artworks–is in celebration of Sharjah’s Armenian Cultural Week. Armenian Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs Hovik Hoveyan is visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the occasion. During his visit–a memorandum of understanding between Sharjah and Armenia was signed to consolidate cultural relations between the two countries and exchange expertise among Armenian and UAE artists.

The formal inauguration was attended by various officials–among them Chairman of Sharjah Department of Culture and Information Sheikh Essam bin Saqr Al Qasimi–Armenia’s Ambassador to the UAE Dr. Arshak Poladyan–and Director-General of the Department of Culture and Information Abullah bin Mohammed bin Owais.

Dr. Poladyan told Khaleej Times that through the initiative of Armenian Cultural Week–Sharjah residents will be able to gain more knowledge about Armenian culture–art–and folklore.

Commending Dr. Sheikh Sultan’s proposal–Poladyan said–"Dr. Sheikh Sultan showed great dedication in organizing and highlighting the Armenian cultural days in Sharjah–a very well known cultural hub. Armenian Cultural Week will strengthen the cultural ties between the UAE and Armenia and exchange various creative ideas between the artists."

Dr. Sheikh Sultan expressed his appreciation of Armenian art while viewing the exhibition area–where a number of Armenian paintings and carpets are displayed.

According to the signed memorandum–the upcoming Sharjah Cultural Days 2005 will be held in Armenia.

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