Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) won the ‘Best Cultural Collaboration Award’ for its innovative SAWA Museums Academy programme, on March 4, 2020 in Berlin at the Leading Cultural Destinations Awards.

Dubbed ‘Oscars For Museums’ by The New York Times, LCD Berlin, a distinctive collaboration between Leading Culture Destinations and visit Berlin, recognises exceptional contributions of leading culture destinations from throughout the world, to cultural life.

For the first time this year’s edition held outside of London for the first time, featured 18 awards in five categories including Leading Culture Destinations of the Year, New Culture Destinations of the Year, Soft Power Destinations of the Year, Climate Smart Award and the Avis Travellers’ Awards, and a new award for 2020, Best Cultural Initiative: Bridging Borders.

The event saw the participation of 50 top cultural destinations from 26 countries like Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, the UAE, UK and USA.

“We are honoured to receive this award that recognises the commitment of Sharjah Museums Authority and our partners in Germany over the past few years to design and implement a programme that makes a positive impact on future museum leaders to thrive in multicultural environments and prepare them to tackle global challenges,” said Manal Ataya, director-general of SMA.

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