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Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital projects total AED1.5 billion

Sharjah has invested nearly AED1.5 billion (USD 408 million) on 21 projects started in celebration of the Emirate’s selection as the Islamic Culture Capital for 2014. The projects fall under a wide variety of Sharjah institutions and city landmarks including new universities, monuments, Islamic parks, traditional markets, museums and libraries.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital 2014 (SICC 2014) said “The projects complement the cultural manifestations and human heritage that chronicle Sharjah’s story of knowledge and science, promoting its status and key role in the international cultural system.” Many of the SICC 2014 projects, including the Al Majaz Island Amphitheatre project are expected to be completed within days.

Al Majaz Island Amphitheatre will covers an area of 7.238 square metres and accommodate up to 4,500 spectators, isall set to host the premiere of “Clusters of Light” on March 26, an epical theatrical performance that will launch the SICC 2014 celebrations.

Sharjah is creating three new parks, including an Islamic park, in a bid to add aesthetic, cultural and social value to the emirate. Islamic universities and libraries are also being built to disseminate Islamic knowledge and enhance awareness of Islamic civilisation and history.

Source: various sources

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