Rare stamps, coins tell tales of his­tory at Shar­jah ex­hi­bi­tion

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Afkar Ab­dul­lah afkar­ali@khalee­j­times.com

shar­jah — An ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of unique stamps and coins were on dis­play at the Shar­jah 2017 Stamp Ex­hi­bi­tion, which be­gan on Tues­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, in­au­gu­rated by Sheikh Sul­tan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chair­man of the Shar­jah Me­dia Coun­cil, at Mega Mall will run un­til Novem­ber 18.

A to­tal of 17 coun­tries, with their rare ex­hibits, are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event or­gan­ised by the Emi­rates Philatelic As­so­ci­a­tion in co­or­di­na­tion with Mega Mall Shar­jah.

The stamps, coins and other ex­hibits dis­played across 120 plat­forms are di­vided into 46 dif­fer­ent themes, ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­ests of the ex­hibitors and the type and qual­ity of their ex­hibits.

There will be cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties on the side­lines of the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clud­ing lec­tures ti­tled ‘Iraqi fi­nan­cial and postage stamps’, and ‘Save Pales­tine: 1948-1951,’ as well as a pub­lic auc­tion of stamps and rare coins.

Postage stamps are char­ac­terised by their abil­ity to chron­i­cle events dur­ing dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods of time. They also re­view the chronol­ogy of sig­nif­i­cant events in coun­tries all over the world and doc­u­ment the most prom­i­nent char­ac­ters, land­marks, achieve­ments and events of the coun­tries that pro­duce them.

Ad­dress­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, Sheikh Sul­tan said that the ex­hi­bi­tion is an im­por­tant cul­tural and artis­tic plat­form for those who wish to see the great historical value of the stamps, which chron­i­cles the great fig­ures and events of the dif­fer­ent coun­tries around the globe.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion, which has be­come one of the re­gion’s most im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tions, unites col­lec­tors, hob­by­ists and ven­dors of rare stamps, coins, and pa­per cur­ren­cies from the UAE and abroad,” he added.

Mohammed Sorour, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Mega Mall, said: “We are pleased to host the Shar­jah Stamp Ex­hi­bi­tion again, in order to pro­mote tourism and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity in Shar­jah, and at­tract more vis­i­tors to Mega Mall.”

Mean­while, Emi­rates Post Group an­nounced the re­lease of a se­ries of seven com­mem­o­ra­tive stamps to mark the UAE’s Year of Tourism. The stamps, each priced at AED 3, are be­ing re­leased in sheets of twelve, with a to­tal of 175,000 of each stamp..

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times Yousif Al Khaja, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, re­tail and postal op­er­a­tion, said that the Emi­rates Post usu­ally launches stamps to mark all lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional events and oc­ca­sions.

“The open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion co­in­cided with the tourism day in the UAE and we de­cided to have this great op­por­tu­nity to launch the stamp dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.”

Abu Baker Ab­dul­lah Abid, an of­fi­cial at stamps am­a­teur sec­tion at the Emi­rates Post, said: “The stamp launched today to mark the tourism day is the fourth one in 2017.” He added that a special stamp is­sued in 1973 to mark the es­tab­lish­ment of the UAE was among hun­dreds of special stamps is­sued by the na­tional postal agency.

This ex­hi­bi­tion unites col­lec­tors, hob­by­ists and ven­dors of rare stamps, coins and pa­per cur­ren­cies.” Sheikh Sul­tan, Chair­man, Shar­jah Me­dia Coun­cil

Photo by M. Sa­j­jad

Sheikh Sul­tan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi tours the stamp ex­hi­bi­tion at Mega Mall in Shar­jah on Tues­day. —

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