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05 February 2024

The Ruler of Sharjah Opens the 18th Edition of the Sharjah Nabati Poetry Festival

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, opened the 18th edition of the Sharjah Poetry Festival on Monday evening. The festival, organized by the Department of Culture, takes place from February 5 to 11, featuring the participation of 40 poets, held at the Cultural Palace.

His Highness directed the Department of Culture to establish the "Heera Award for Nabati Poetry" as recognition and encouragement for outstanding poems published in the "Al-Heerah Min Al Shariqa" magazine. One poem from each issue of the magazine, published monthly by the department, will be selected. This creates a total of 12 winning poems starting from January 2024.

Honoring the poets serves as an incentive for them to contribute more, providing an additional factor to enhance the art of Nabati poetry, which enjoys significant popularity locally and across the Arab world.