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Sharjah Ramadan Majlis to start on Sunday
By A Staff Reporter May 17, 2018
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SHARJAH: Continuing its tradition of celebrating the spirit of dialogue and tolerance during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Sharjah will once again host its popular series of Ramadan Majlis sessions at the iconic Al Majaz Amphitheatre from May 20 to June 3. Hosted by Sharjah Press Club of Sharjah Government Media Bureau in partnership with Sharjah Media Corporation, the seven Ramadan Majlis sessions will once again see top UAE officials, media experts, scholars, social media influencers, entertainers and sportspersons come together, promising intellectually stimulating debates and freewheeling exchange of views. 

Announcing the details, Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, said the Sharjah Ramadan Majlis, which is held annually, continues its quest of spreading knowledge and discussing various societal issues in the spirit of promoting constructive dialogue during the holy month.

Sheikh Al Qasimi lauded the growing community participation in the Majlis, which has been attracting considerable attention from people across the UAE and the region beyond, thanks to its intellectual contribution and achievements it has registered in line with Sharjah’s vision of promoting dialogue, tolerance and love.

The Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council stressed that the Majlis complements the vision of media institutions in the emirate to address a wide variety of issues that concern society members and has become a landmark event on Sharjah’s calendar.


The Sharjah Ramadan Majlis this year opens with the session titled ‘Work Ethics in Publishing’ on May 20 and will tackle the emerging challenges, opportunities and concerns of the publishing industry in the UAE, which has witnessed rapid transformation in the past few years. Moderated by popular television host Safia Al Shehi, the session will feature Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of Emirates Publishers Association, Tamer Said, General Manager of Kalimat Group and Mohammed bin Dakhin, General Manager of Dal Al-Takhil for Publishing and Distribution. 

The second session titled ‘Inshad: Influence and Art’ on May 21 is a tribute to the unique Arab and Islamic tradition of celebrating the love of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and other prophets and messengers of God.  The art of Inshad has evolved over the past 15 centuries throughout the Arab and Islamic world.  While the art of Inshad has always had dedicated followers and practitioners across the Islamic world throughout the ages, with the recent popularity of music and new media more and more people are taking to Inshad.   

While Hassan Yaqoub Al Mansouri, Secretary General of Sharjah Media Council and popular television host, will moderate the session, popular Emirati munshid (singer) Ahmed Bou Khater, Moroccan munshid Yassine Lachhab and munshid Mahmoud Al-Tohamy will take part in the session that will explore the history and contemporary trends of Inshad in the Arab and Islamic world.    

The ‘Cultural Session: Exploring Cultures Around the World’ on Wednesday, May 23, will shine the light on how journeys have become an effective tool among young generations to explore different cultures and peoples around the world, helping build bridges. The cultural journeys have been an important tool in the embodiment of literary events and historical narratives of cultures and personalities.

The session, to be moderated by Majed Al Suwaidi, eminent Emirati media personality, will feature Abdul Wahab Al Hammadi, novelist and traveller, Asaad Al Dhafer, international cultural explorer and Mohamned Kazem, Emirati cultural explorer. 


The Community Session, which will be held on May 27, is dedicated to the leadership’s vision and contribution of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Celebrating 2018 as the Year of Zayed, the special session will be moderated by Sheikha Al-Mutairi, renowned Emirati poet and television personality, and will see the participation of Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, UAE Minister of State, Dr Mohammed Saeed Al-Qudsi, media personality and Ahmed Al-Jarwan, President of the World Council for Tolerance and Peace.  As the nation celebrates 100 years of Sheikh Zayed, eminent experts like Nusseibeh who viewed his leadership qualities from close quarters will examine the enduring legacy of the great architect of the UAE and how his vision could guide the UAE and the region into the future.  

The Art session on May 28 will explore the contemporary Arab cinema and its prospects and challenges vis-à-vis world cinema. While every year filmmakers from around the world compete for the Oscars, the ultimate recognition in the world of cinema and performing arts, Arab filmmakers have largely been limited to the nomination stage. Top Arab actors, filmmakers and experts will brainstorm over the challenges facing the Arab cinema today led by eminent Emirati media personality Reem Saif (moderator), award-winning Emirati actor and director Abdullah Al-Junaibi, popular Egyptian actor Maged El Masry and Iraqi actor Hassan Mutlaq.

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