Sharjah qualifies to be capital of Islamic culture in 2014

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Sharjah: With 1,000 mosques built in keeping with local architectural heritage, Sharjah qualifies to the capital of Islamic culture in 2014, according to Salah Butti Al Muhairi, head of the Sharjah Directorate of Town Planning and Survey (DTPS)..

Al Muhairi said this during a session of the Sharjah Advisory Council to discuss the policies of the DTPS.

Al Muhairi said the directorate is planning many projects in the field of religion, culture and education.

He said the emirate has 277 schools at present. There are proposals to build 150 new ones.

There are 32 cultural centres for various age groups and women in the emirate besides 21 museums which qualified Sharjah to be called “Capital of Arab Culture” in 1998.

Sharjah also won an award for urban planning from the Arab Towns Organisation in 2012.

The emirate’s ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, received his university education in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, which is called the city of a thousand minarets

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