Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has issued an administrative directive appointing Marwa Obaid Al Aqroubi as the new director of House of Wisdom, a ‘future library’ and social hub in the northern emirate.
The decision by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq, reflects Authority’s continuous efforts to support and empower female leaders in various fields.
An ardent lover of books and a champion of knowledge, Al Aqroubi has been an active member of the UAE’s cultural scene.
The appointment reaffirms Sheikha Bodour's trust in Al Aqroubi’s vast experience as president of the UAE Board on Books for Young People, UAEBBY, the local chapter International Board on Books for Young People, IBBY, – a non-profit dedicated to promoting the culture of reading, bringing children and books together and supporting producers of children’s books.
Last year, Aqroubi’s notable accomplishments in the field of promoting a culture of reading benefitted her role as the Project Manager of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019.
Earlier in October, Shurooq had announced that the construction work had begun on the emirate’s newest cultural landmark.
Designed by the award-winning international architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners, the library will house 105,000 books along with several pod spaces to offer visitors a quiet place to read and research.
The entirety of House of Wisdom’s services, including pod bookings, book issuances, or even ordering coffee from the in-house café, will also be made available to users on a mobile application.-TradeArabia News Service