SHARJAH RULER'S GESTURE UNDERSCORES UAE'S CULTURE OF GIVING

Emirates News Agency (WAM), UAE
November 28, 2013 Thursday

ABU DHABI, 28th November, 2013 /WAM/ -- The UAE and its leaders are
well known for their philanthropic and charitable ventures in a variety
of fields, both at home and abroad, commented a local newspaper.

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member
and Ruler of Sharjah has funded the refurbishment of a 13th century
Christian monastery in Armenia should come as no surprise, the UAE
and its leaders are well known for their philanthropic and charitable
ventures, " The National" noted in its today's editorial.

In Sheikh Sultan s case this generosity has often expressed itself
through his interest in science and culture, the Abu Dhabi-based
English language daily said.

Sheikh Sultan holds a bachelor s degree in agricultural engineering
and a doctorate in history, and last month he was inducted as a member
of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon.

In accepting the Academy Medal, he stressed the importance of
cultural communication and building "bridges of knowledge" to promote
understanding and tolerance among all cultures.

The donation to the Haghartsin monastery, which Sheikh Sultan visited
in 2005 at the invitation of the former president of Armenia, Robert
Kocharian, underscores that philosophy, and demonstrates his respect
for other religions and for the ties between the two nations, the
paper wrote.

The idea of giving across borders, be they physical or cultural,
is a positive example to us all.