About Us

"Museums are made to educate our children and our future generations."

H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah

As directed by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Museums Authority ــ SMA was established in 2006 as an autonomous government authority. SMA links and oversees 16 museums across Sharjah that cover widely varied fields, including Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, marine life, as well as the history of Sharjah and the region.

Our vision is to be a cultural beacon that enhances Sharjah’s identity locally and internationally and contribute in nurturing a community aware of museums’ importance as a cultural, educational and enjoyable destination.

Our mission is to deliver the highest museum standards to preserve collections & enhance an appreciation of culture and learning through our exhibitions, educational and community programs.

Manal Ataya

Director General, Sharjah Museums Authority

Manal Ataya is a museums specialist with over 15 years of senior managerial experience in museum development and cultural diplomacy. As Director General she oversees a team of 600+ staff working in Sharjah’s 16 museums. She is a leading figure in the UAE cultural sector, responsible for implementing His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed AlQasimi’s directives for future museum and cultural heritage related projects.

Ataya is a graduate of both Hamilton College, New York (2001) and Harvard University, Massachusetts (2004), USA.  

Sharjah Museums Authority Policies

SMA is keen to introduce its visitors to the rules and guidelines for using the museums’ facilities, to ensure the safety of the collections and visitors alike.

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