SHARJAH, 8th February, 2018 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has directed the establishment of the integrated scout camp project in order to be ready to host the next scout gathering in 2020.
Proposed by the Sharjah Scouts Commission, the camp will house standing camps, challenge grounds, sports and entertainment facilities, and other services.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan issued his directives while attending the 8th Sharjah International Scout Gathering being held under the theme “Sharjah – the World Capital of Book 2019” on Thursday, with the participation of 82 scouting delegations from across the world.
Organisers say the main objectives of the gathering are to strengthen ties of friendship and brotherhood among the participants from all over the world, build the capacity of the participants, encourage them to exchange their cultures, stress the importance of reading, and get first-hand knowledge about landmarks in Sharjah.
The cultural exchange programme includes an international evening where all the participants are invited to present their various traditional dishes, folklore, songs, dances, scouting souvenirs, gifts, etc.
Each participant will deliver a presentation on the importance of reading and its role in developing nations and the experience of his country in the named field.
Dr. Atif Abdelmageed, Arab Scout Regional Director, and Abdullah Al Suawidi, Supervisor-General of the gathering, addressed the opening ceremony.
Those attending the event included Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police Ibrahim Abdul Malek, Secretary-General of the General Authority for Youth and Sports, heads of Arab and international scout associations, Dr. Salem Abdulrahman Al Darmaki, Chairman of Emirates Scout Association, and other VIP guests.