CAIRO: Islamic world’s culture capital for 2022


Celebrations start for Cairo’s designation as Islamic world’s culture capital

 The celebrations to mark Cairo’s designation as the “Capital of Culture in the Islamic World for 2022” were launched.

The Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem and Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) Salim AlMalik attended the opening ceremony, according to the ministry’s statement.

People visit an art exhibition during Egypt’s 1st World Art Forum in Cairo, Egypt

The Egyptian capital embraces unique cultural diversity and presents ancient Islamic civilization with castles, walls, schools, and mosques, said Abdel-Dayem.

For his part, AlMalik said that Cairo has maintained its heritage and importance over decades.

As many as 149 events that embody the most important features of Egyptian identity will be organized, which will cover seminars, lectures, conferences, publications, photo galleries and competitions, artistic shows, folklore performances and handicraft exhibitions, said the statement.

Make A Wish

Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE has fulfilled the wishes of eight critically ill children at the Cairo University Specialised Paediatric Hospital – Abolreesh (CUSPH) – in Egypt.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Sheikha Shaikha bint Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, the wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, and Honorary Chairperson and Life Patron of the Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE; and Sheikh Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

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Hani Al Zubaidi, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE; Dr. Hala Salah El Din Mohammed, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, and Chair of the Board of Directors of CUSPH; Dr. Hossam Salah, Executive Director of Cairo University Hospitals; and other top CUSPH managers, attended the event.

Sheikha Sheikha said, “Today, it is not us who fulfil their wishes, but they are the ones who fulfilled ours; a journey that the Make-A-Wish Foundation International was seeking to reach out to the African continent. Today we are happy that the Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE has realised that the starting point was in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

“We are pleased that the foundation was able to spread happiness and light a torch of hope and optimism in the hearts of eight children and their families, to fulfil their wishes to obtain the latest modern electronic devices, from laptops, tablets and smartphones,” she added.