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Manal Ataya

Director General

Sharjah Museums Department, Government of Sharjah

Manal Ataya is the Director-General of the Sharjah Museums Department, which manages 16 museums in the emirate of Sharjah. The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and is responsible for the strategic development of future museum projects, fostering partnerships with the international museum community and leading the efforts to deliver best practice in museum services. The current museum offering covers Islamic culture and history, contemporary art, heritage, maritime history, archaeology, science, natural history, and children's learning.

Manal Ataya holds a BA in Studio Art and Communication Studies from Hamilton College, NY and a MA in Museum Studies from Harvard University, MA. She was most recently an international fellowship recipient for the ‘CLORE’ cultural leadership program in the UK.

She currently serves on the board of the College of Fine Arts, University of Sharjah and for ICCROM-ATHAR, the regional centre for cultural heritage preservation in the Arab region.