Director General, Sharjah Museums Department
Government of Sharjah
Manal Attaya is the Director-General of the Sharjah Museums Department, which manages 17 of Sharjah’s museums and employs 500 staff. The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, is responsible for the strategic development of future museums, fosters partnerships with the international museum community, and leads efforts to deliver best practice in museum services in the region. The current museum offering covers Islamic culture and history, art, UAE heritage, archaeology, science, natural history, and children's learning. Manal Ataya holds a BA in Studio Art and Communication Studies and a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the USA.