Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Salem bin Muhammad Al-Malik — the Director of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) — launched the celebrations for Cairo being chosen as 2022’s cultural capital of the Islamic world on Monday.
Abdel Dayem said that Cairo deserved to be a beacon of culture and enlightenment, asserting that Cairo presents the cultural and artistic diversity of human civilisations throughout history.
She stressed that the celebrations will include 149 creative activities that embody the most important features of the Egyptian identity with its multiple cultural and heritage contents.
For his part, Al-Malik hailed the history of Cairo, noting the achievements that the city witnessed within the framework of Egypt’s 2030 Vision.
During the celebration, the culture minister gifted Al-Malik with a commemorative shield and the flag of the historical event.
The launch also included the inauguration of an exhibition titled ‘Cairo, the capital of culture in the Islamic world in Egyptian documents’, which was prepared by the General Authority of the National Library, as well as a book exhibition, an exhibition of plastic arts, and an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy.
The celebration also included a performance from the Egyptian Opera House for the Hadra Sufi Chanting Troupe.