Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi opens 12th Ras Al Khaimah Art Festival

3 February 2024

Ras Al Khaimah Ruler opens 12th. RAK Art Festival, showcasing works from 106 local & international artists

HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi:

  • Culture and the arts serve as a universal language, uniting nations and peoples
  • Ras Al Khaimah Art reflects the Emirate’s rich history, culture and heritage
  • Ras Al Khaimah plays an important role in enriching the UAE’s culture and arts sector, nurturing emerging talent

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, asserted that culture and the arts serve as a universal language between nations and peoples, carrying a noble message that enriches communication, reinforces the values of harmony and tolerance, and contributes to the creation of societies built on strong principles.

“Culture and the arts are an integral part of building communities and a key pillar of Ras Al Khaimah’s sustainable development,” HH Sheikh Saud said last night, as he opened the 12th edition of Ras Al Khaimah Art Festival, organized by the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Public Policy Research.

Taking place at Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village, under the theme of ‘Movement’ and with the participation of 106 local and international artists, the festival runs until February 29.

HH Sheikh Saud said that the festival reflects the Emirate’s rich history and heritage and he commended the organizers of the preeminent event, praising Ras Al Khaimah Art’s growing status on the UAE’s culture and arts scene.

HH Sheikh Saud welcomed artists and dignitaries from various countries to the unique cultural festival, reaffirming Ras Al Khaimah’s commitment to enhancing the UAE’s standing as a global hub for creative talent by nurturing emerging artists and hosting such events. This commitment stems from a belief that art, in all its forms and disciplines, reflects the status and culture of a society, carrying a message of hope that transcends time and place to inspire future generations, he added.

HH Sheikh Saud conducted a tour of the festival venue and exhibition space, engaging with several artists about the nature of their work.

Ras Al Khaimah Art Festival takes place in one of the Emirate’s most enchanting historical sites, Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage Village, which dates to the 17th century and acts as a beacon for talent and artists from around the world. The festival features a variety of artistic events, activities and workshops, cementing the Emirate’s status as a hub for art and human creativity.

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