We can all agree that Sharjah’s been pretty busy carving a name for itself in the world’s art scene, from the artistic endeavours of the Sharjah Art Foundation to the rich heritage at the Islamic Arts Festival. And it seems the efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Selected for its unrivalled output of crafts and folk art, the emirate now sits among the 66 urban settlements designated as creative cities by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The network brings together cities that base their progression on creativity, from music, to cinema, to art. UNESCO creative cities commit to placing culture at the centre of their development strategies.
Alongside Sharjah sits Muharraq (Bahrain) which was designated for its efforts in design, and Beirut (Lebanon) for literature.
"All over the world, these cities, each in their own way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy," said UNESCO Director General, Audrey Azoulay. "This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations."
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