The UAE Ambassador to Portugal, Sheikha Najla Al Qasimi, participated in the opening ceremony of the third edition of Portugal’s International Heritage Exhibition (IHE) in Coimbra, Portugal.
Held in a different city in Portugal each year, the inaugural ceremony of IHE was attended by a number of high-ranking officials, including the Portuguese Secretary of State of Culture, Jorge Barreto Xavier, Chairman of the Sharjah Heritage Institute, H.E. Abdul Aziz Al-Mussalam, French Ambassador to Portugal, and Dean of the University of Coimbra.
During her speech, the UAE Ambassador to highlighted the long and friendly relations that link the two countries, which began with the Portuguese expeditions that left a unique mark on UAE heritage. Sheikha Al Qasimi invited attendees to visit the UAE pavilion that is run by the Sharjah Heritage Institute, adding that Institute continues to gain more momentum as a beacon of culture and knowledge, with the support and direct supervision of His Highness, Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
Following the inauguration ceremony, the Portuguese Secretary of State of Culture toured the UAE pavilion at the IHE, where he was presented with a commemorative trophy by HE Al-Mussalam, who also presented another trophy to the UAE Ambassador for her support.
This year’s edition of IHE saw the participation of 70 exhibitors from three countries, Portugal, Spain and France, along with the UAE’s participation as the guest of honor.
The SHI delegation also took part in symposia and seminars on heritage. In addition, H.E. Al-Mussalam was a member of the judging panel that will select the best pavilion at IHE, and the winner will qualify to the 2016 World Heritage Exhibition in Valladolid, Spain.
The Sharjah Heritage Institute team, which was headed H.E, Abdul Aziz Al-Mussalam, included Saqer Hassan, Director of Coordination, Calligrapher Khalid Al-Jallaf, Aysha Ali Studies Department, Eiman Al-Hadi, Exhibition Management, and Abdul Aziz Reznara, International Relations.