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Sharjah Ruler inaugurates 17th Sharjah Nabati Poetry Festival

by Dubaiforum

SHARJAH, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) – H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, opened, on Monday, the activities of the 17th edition of the Sharjah Nabati Poetry Festival, which is organised by the Department of Culture in the Cultural Palace.
The ceremony began with a presentation on the honoured poets, showcasing their journey with Nabati poetry, and the most prominent chapters in their literary life. The presentation also included poetry readings of a number of their most famous poems, and a biography of each poet.

After that, the poet Butti Al Mazloum, Director of Al Hirah Literary Council, presented a poem on the occasion of the launch of the festival, in which he appreciated the great role of Sharjah under the leadership of the Ruler of Sharjah and his insightful cultural vision.

On the first evening of the festival, two poets: Nasser Al Qahtani from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Hamad Al Balushi from the UAE presented poetry readings, in which they discussed their love for the homeland and the pride of belonging to it.

Nasser Al Qahtani recited a poem in which he expressed his love for Sharjah and its people, appreciating the roles of H.H. in promoting culture, poetry and thought, and his care for all literary fields.

For his part, Emirati poet Hamad Al Balushi presented a poem, expressing pride of the homeland, its wise leadership, and the country’s approach in establishing the values of unity in society.

H.H. honoured the distinguished poets in this edition of the festival, namely: Saif Hamad Sulaiman Al Shamsi, Mohammed bin Masoud Al Ahbabi, the late poet Hamad Ali Al Muzaini, and Alia Johar Al Khatri.

The festival, which lasts until February 8, presents a group of various activities, moving between the cities and regions of the Emirate, in which male and female poets from different countries of the Arab world participate.

It will also witness the presentation of collections of poetry from the publications of the Department of Culture in Sharjah. In addition to the poetry evenings, the festival includes an accompanying event, which sheds light on the experiences of the honoured poets, with the participation of: Ali Al Abdan, Jamal Al Shaqsy, Fahd Al Maamari, and Maryam Al Naqbi.


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