His Highness was received by Pedro Martinez – Avial, General Director of Casa Arabe and several representatives of cultural and academic Spanish entities … reports Asian Lite News
During his official visit to Madrid, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, visited on Tuesday Casa Arabe, The Arabian House, which operates as the strategic centre for Spain’s relations with the Arab world.
His Highness was received by Pedro Martinez – Avial, General Director of Casa Arabe and several representatives of cultural and academic Spanish entities.
The Ruler of Sharjah wrote in the VIP log of Casa Arabe: “We are happy to visit this Arabian house as it is a gateway to foster cultural relations between Spain and the Arab world. Today we are establishing an important connection between our cultures through an agreement that is signed with mutual respect and appreciation. We hope that this agreement raises to the ambitions of both Arabs and Spaniards.”
His Highness later witnessed the signing of a collaboration agreement between Sharjah Book Authority and Casa Arabe represented by Ahmed bin Rakad Al Amiri and Pedro Martinez – Avial, respectively.
The agreement aims to strengthen the collaborative efforts between Sharjah and Spain in several strategic aspects through their regional and international networks as well as opening the door to cultural exchange through mutually beneficial programmes.
The agreement also states that Casa Arabe is to highlight the Arabian and Emirati culture and introduce Emirati publishers and authors through its two branches in Madrid and Cordoba.
The Ruler of Sharjah also toured the institute and watched a documentary of the history of Casa Arabe in Cordoba and its cultural, architectural and artistic treasures. At the end of the tour, His Highness and his accompanying delegation took a photo with the representatives of Casa Arabe.
Accompanying Sheikh Sultan in his visit to Casa Arabe were Majid Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Spain; Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Department of Culture; Engineer Ali bin Shaheen Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Sharjah Directorate of Public Works; Ahmed bin Rakad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority; Abdulaziz Abdulrahman Al Musallam, Chairman of Sharjah Institute for Heritage; Ali Ibrahim Al Marri, Head of Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies, Al Darah,; Mohammed Hasan Khalaf, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation; Dr. Amr Abdulhamid, Director of the Sharjah Research Academy; Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of Sharjah Government Media Bureau; and Rashid Mohammed Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers Association.