Sharjah: Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations (DGR) in Sharjah, commended Hungary for strengthening its ties with the United Arab Emirates through its active economic cooperation and participation in organized cultural and tourist events in the country.
During a meeting in Budapest with HE János Csák, Hungarian Minister of Culture and Innovation, the President of the DGR expressed his admiration for the Liget Budapest project, which is the largest and most ambitious project in Europe which aims to renew the city’s most emblematic public park. while fully respecting its bicentenary heritage.
A high-level delegation from the Department of Government Relations (DGR) in Sharjah, led by Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, was in Hungary for a five-day visit to discuss mutual investment opportunities and identify ways to strengthen the role of culture and heritage in advancing sustainable development.
During the visit, the Sharjah delegation also met with several Hungarian officials in the presence of HE Saud Hamad Al Shamsi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Hungary.
Bilateral and cultural cooperation
During his meeting with the Hungarian Minister of Culture and Innovation, Sheikh Fahim expressed Sharjah’s willingness to forge partnerships with Hungary in the field of education and innovation, highlighting the global reputation of Sharjah as the home of several top tertiary institutions. He noted that under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the emirate had become synonymous with culture and cemented its status as a global cultural hub, gaining recognition from UNESCO as ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab Region’ in 1998 and ‘World Book Capital’ for the year 2019.
The DGR Chairman invited the Hungarian Minister to visit the emirate to further discuss cooperation opportunities in various sectors. Accepting the invitation, Csák expressed his ministry’s keenness to support cultural cooperation between the two sides.
The House of Hungarian Music
During their visit to the Hungarian capital, the delegation from Sharjah visited the House of Hungarian Music, a contemporary cultural monument dedicated to music, and was briefed by András Batta, Director, on its defining enduring architectural elements. The delegation visited the facilities of the newly opened monument, including concert halls, an open-air stage, classrooms, a library and dedicated exhibition spaces highlighting the history of European music, with a special emphasis on Hungarian heritage.
Sheikh Fahim expressed his admiration for the architecture, aesthetics and innovative content of the museum and had discussions with the director on cooperation opportunities with the emirate’s House of Wisdom and the Sharjah Institute for the patrimony.
The delegation visited the Hungarian Parliament Building, a popular tourist destination in Budapest, and was briefed on its history. They also visited the Museum of Ethnography, a multi-award-winning museum building that is part of the Liget Budapest project and learned about its dynamic design and streamlined structure that has been recognized as the “Best Architecture of the World” at the 2018 International Property. Price.
The delegation also visited the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery where they toured the premises and were briefed on their respective roles in the restoration and maintenance of the objects.
During the visit to Hungary, Sheikh Fahim was accompanied by HE Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage; Thekrayat Maatouk, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Sharjah Heritage Institute; Moza Al Nuaimi, International Relations Coordinator, Sharjah Heritage Institute, Raed Bukhatir, Marketing and Trade Relations Manager, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone); Khawla Sayed M. Al Hashimi, Director of Project Development (Shurooq), and Abdulaziz Shattaf, Deputy Director of Business and Communications Sector, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.