Sharjah Department of Culture

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After the establishment of the union, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, sought to connect the present and future of Sharjah with its rich cultural and scientific past. He effectively transformed it into a cultural capital, fostering cultural and intellectual traditions that attract minds both near and far. Over four decades, the emirate, especially its capital, has developed essential infrastructure for cultural development, including universities, museums, exhibition halls, cultural and artistic training centers for children, youth clubs, women's clubs, and service institutions, alongside local and Arab cultural and artistic events throughout the year.

To maintain this leading role and uphold its noble mission, Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi issued Amiri Decree No. 20 on April 30, 1981, establishing the "Cultural Department," later known as the Department of Culture and Media, and subsequently renamed the Department of Culture by Amiri Decree No. 13/2017. This was aimed at enhancing cultural efforts and ensuring the development and expansion of a creative cultural work base reaching citizens and residents everywhere. The department has focused since its establishment to achieve this through Arab and Islamic cultural activities that influence and are influenced by human culture in its comprehensive and board concept. This stems from the slogan of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah: “Enough of the Concrete Revolution, Let’s Move to Human Building.”

Tasks and objectives

The department will focus on the cultural and media aspects in the emirate of Sharjah. It has expanded the responsibilities and roles by setting fundamental and determined goals, which are achieved through annual cultural programmes. These objectives are:

prioritizing cultural work in Sharjah, expanding its tasks and roles by setting long-term strategic objectives,

preserving national culture and arts,

promoting activities and programs that root Arab and Islamic values and contribute to the formation of a national identity capable of giving,

expanding knowledge frameworks to serve holistic development goals sociallyeconomically, and politically

preserving and promoting heritage

Collaborating with local, Arab, and international cultural institutions to serve cultural work objectives.


The Department of Culture in the Sharjah government oversees institutional cultural work by developing and monitoring the implementation of daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual activity programs through various departments and sections, including:

  • The Administrative Affairs Department, in addition to its branch represented by the Eastern Region Administration, is affiliated with: Khor Fakkan Office, Kalba Office, Dibba Al-Hisn Office, and Wadi Al-Hilu Office
  • Studies and publishing management
  • Theater management
  • Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Media
  • Public relations section
  • Pinancial department
  • Procurement Section