In pictures: Sultan Al Qasimi unveils Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 monument

The official ceremony to inaugurate Sharjah's yearlong journey to promote books and culture as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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Sultan Al Qasimi unveils Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 Monument and House of Wisdom project in Sharjah.
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The monument highlights Sharjah’s ongoing efforts aimed at fostering reading and stressing the important role of books in further intellectuality and enlightenment.
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H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi arrived at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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Ruler of Sharjah received the World Book Capital 2019 title from Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General of UNESCO; Markos Bolaris, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece; and Fiona Andrikopoulou, Communication and Public Relation Advisor - Athens WBC 2018.
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H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, deliveres a speech on Tuesday evening at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, the Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO, during the launch of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019.
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HE Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, General Manager of Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, during the launching ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019.
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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter artists perform during the opening ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter artists perform during the opening ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter artists perform during the opening ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter artists perform during the opening ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter artists perform during the opening ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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1001 Nights: The Last Chapter artists perform during the opening ceremony of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
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The House of Wisdom will be built in keeping with the fast-changing world of technology, and will be a first-of-its-kind sociocultural platform.
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The House of Wisdom will offer visitors of all age groups a new way to read and explore knowledge, to learn and engage socially.