‘One Thousand and One Nights’ will open celebrations of Sharjah as UNESCO World Book Capital

SHARJAH, 3rd April, 2019 (WAM) — The stage debut of the first-of-its-kind entertainment production, “1001 Nights: The Last Chapter” in Sharjah on 23rd April, 2019, will officially inaugurate the year-long celebrations of Sharjah as the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2019.

The Al Majaz Amphitheatre, where the production, based on the region’s most popular collection of classic folktales, “One Thousand and One Nights”, will be staged, has announced that massive construction work and technical preparations are on to create a new chapter in the cultural movement in the region and the UAE.

The under-construction theatre is one of the biggest in the region at a width of 43 metres and a height of 16.4 metres, covering a total area of 1,030 square metres. The equipment that is being used in the first-of-its-kind production weighs 15 tonnes and includes state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment imported from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

Announcing the details, Tariq Saeed Allay, CEO of Al Majaz Amphitheatre, said that it is only appropriate that “1001 Nights: The Last Chapter” should form the chief attraction of the grand opening ceremony being held in Sharjah to mark the beginning of the Emirate’s World Book Capital 2019 celebrations.

“‘1001 Nights: The Last Chapter’ has been inspired by some of the most enduring narratives in the world literature. With this show, Sharjah is crossing another cultural milestone by reinforcing its commitment to human development through a grand celebration of the arts, while at the same time raising the curtain on the Emirate’s year as the World Book Capital in the most fitting possible way imaginable,” he said.

The show will be brought to life by 537 theatre artistes and acrobats, innovators, technologists and storytellers representing as many as 25 nationalities. It will run once daily at Al Majaz Amphitheatre until 27th April, 2019.

An initiative of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, Al Majaz Amphitheatre is the first of its kind Roman-coliseum style open-air theatre built on the Arabian Peninsula. Constructed in 2014 to mark Sharjah’s coronation as the Islamic Culture Capital, the Amphitheatre was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who wanted a physical symbol that emphasised Sharjah’s position as the shining jewel in the Arab world’s cultural crown.


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