Sharjah Ruler opens 18th Nabati Poetry FestivalTue 06 Feb 2024
Sharjah: The leader of Sharjah, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, kicked off the 18th Sharjah Nabati Poetry Festival. The festival, organized by the Department of Culture, runs from February 5 to 11 at the Cultural Palace, featuring 40 poets.
H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah announced the creation of the “Al Hira Award for Nabati Poetry” to recognize and encourage outstanding poems published in Al Hira magazine. Each month, a poem will be chosen, and by January 2024, there will be 12 winning poems.
Honoring poets is meant to inspire and support Nabati poetry, which has a wide audience locally and in the Arab world. H.H. and the audience watched a video highlighting the honored poets’ biographies, Saleh bin Aziz Al Mansouri and Naima bin Thalith, showcasing their journey in Nabati poetry.
Butti Al Mazloum, Director of Al Hira Literary Council, presented poetry expressing citizens’ feelings towards H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah’s initiatives and insightful vision.
On the first night, poets Abdulaziz Suleiman Al Fadghoush from Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Hammad Al Kaabi from the UAE shared their poems, discussing Sharjah’s achievements and H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah’s directives for a great standard of living.
H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah honored the poets of the 18th edition, Saleh bin Ali Al Mansouri and Naima Khalifa bin Thalith, with certificates of appreciation and commemorative shields, taking group photos with them.
The event had the presence of Sheikh Salem bin Abdulrahman bin Salem Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Ruler’s Office, Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Department of Culture, Mansour bin Mohammed bin Nassar, Chairman of Sharjah Government Legal Department, Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi, Chairman of Protocol Department, and other officials, poets, and poetry enthusiasts.