Sharjah: The Sharjah Institute for Heritage (SIH) and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a partnership for the promotion and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage across the Arab world.
The signing took place at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and was attended by Dr. Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, and Prof. Ahmed Abdullah Zayed Hegab, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The MoU establishes mutual collaboration, an exchange of knowledge, and a community partnership.
The partnership will focus on various cultural, academic, and artistic dimensions in line with the Sharjah Institute for Heritage’s objectives as a cultural and academic institution. The esteemed academic and scientific status of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina will contribute to expanding the cooperation and partnership between the two parties through the development and activation of additional joint programmes and initiatives.
The two parties will collaborate in setting up a dedicated portal for the non-material cultural heritage, “Maknaz,” through the expertise of the Heritage Documentation Centre of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The Maknaz project is the fruit of the directives of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, and the Institute is sponsoring, supporting, and disseminating this prominent cultural and cognitive project in order to make this valuable scientific material available to all.
Under the MoU, both parties will collaborate on scientific research to study, document, preserve, and promote tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as well as other disciplines. In addition, they will cooperate in translation and publishing and exchange publications, references, media, and anything else that can enrich the experience of both parties from their knowledge resources.
The partnership will contribute to expanding current cooperation and partnership between the two parties through the development and activation of additional joint programmes and initiatives. The MoU is valid for a period of three years.