|Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi|
|Emir of Sharjah|
|Reign||25 January 1972 – present|
|Predecessor||Sheikh Khalid III bin Muhammad|
|Heir presumptive||Sultan bin Muhammed bin Sultan II bin Saqr|
|Born||2 July 1939|
Sharjah, Trucial States
|Spouse||Sheikha Moza bint Salim Al Falasi|
Jawahir bint Mohammed
|Issue||Sheikha Azza bin Sultan|
Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan, Crown Prince of Sharjah
Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan
Sheikha Noor bint Sultan
Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan
Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan
|House||Al-Qasimi of Sharjah|
|Father||Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr bin Khalid Al Qasimi|
|Mother||Sheikha Maryam bint Ghanem bin Salem Al Shamsi (1915 – 11 August 2010)|
Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi (Arabic: سلطان بن محمد القاسمي; born 2 July 1939), also known as Sheikh Sultan III, is the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah and is a member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates. He has ruled Sharjah continuously since January 1972, apart from a six-day period in June 1987, during an attempted coup led by his brother Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi. He is also an established historian and has published several theatrical and literary works.
In 2014, Al-Qasimi founded a university with his name: "Qasimia University".
After completing his elementary and secondary education between Sharjah, Kuwait City and Dubai, Al-Qasimi went on to study a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering at Cairo University, graduating in 1971. He completed a PhD with distinction in History at Exeter University in 1985, and another in the Political Geography of the Gulf at Durham University in 1999.
Al-Qasimi is an Indophile, has made numerous visits to India in his private capacity and even speaks the Malayalam language, albeit haltingly. His abiding interest and affinity for India has been attributed to the fact that as a child, he was raised by a Malayali nanny from Kerala and picked up the Malayalam language from her.
Sheikh Sultan succeeded his brother, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, as Emir after his assassination on 25 January 1972. He was previously the minister of education for the Emirates.
In addition to those offices, he holds several educational posts. He became president of both the American University of Sharjah and the University of Sharjah in 1997 and was named a visiting professor at Exeter University, his alma mater, in 1998. He became a professor of modern history of the Gulf at the University of Sharjah in 1999. In 2008 he also became a visiting professor at Cairo University.
His eldest son from his first marriage, Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi (1974–1999), was the crown prince of the emirate and died after a heroin overdose at the Emir's residence in Wych Cross Place, near Forest Row, East Grinstead, on 3 April 1999 at the age of 24 years. A state mourning period in Sharjah of seven days was observed and flags flew at half-mast. With reports of increasing drug abuse problems in the emirate, in May 2018 the emir announced the directive to establish the "Irada" drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation centre in Sharjah.
His younger son Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi (1980–2019), owner of British clothing chain Qasimi, died in London aged 39. His death was, according to the coroner, 'drug related' as 'toxicology tests revealed Khalid had high levels of GHB and “recreational” amounts of cocaine in his system'.
With his first wife, Moza bint Salem, he had two children.
With his second wife, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, he had four children.
The Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi development projects in Kalba are a series of large-scale tourism and community development projects launched by Al Qasimi in the city of Kalba in the emirate of Sharjah.
The projects include the restoration of historic buildings, the renovation of public spaces, the opening of a biodiversity protection center, and several tourism and cultural projects.
The square is designed to serve as a landmark for the city and is composed of a clock tower and a twelve-nozzle fountain representing the hands of a clock. The tower will be 42 meters high and will offer two viewing balconies for visitors and will be surrounded by a green area. The project also includes the development of surrounding roads and a car park. Work on the project began in April 2021.
The project was inaugurated in April 2021 and included improving rainwater drainage, the development of a running track, the addition of public seating areas and the planting of trees.
The Bait Saeed Al Qasimi was built in 1898 and is located on the east coast of Kalba. It is considered an important historical and cultural landmark in Sharjah and acts as a museum of Emirati and Islamic culture. The restoration project covers the maintenance of the museum, the development of surrounding roads and improving guest areas around the building.
Heritage Mosque Square
The square is located on Kalba Beach Road and was inaugurated in April 2021. It is considered a prominent tourist destination in Sharjah, featuring a distinctive water fountain with changing lights and the Saif bin Ghanim Mosque, one of the oldest places of worship in the emirate. As part of the Kalba development projects, work was launched to restore the mosque, also known as the fishermen heritage mosque or the Al Sayadin Heritage Mosque due to the fact that it was used as a place of prayer for local fishermen. The mosque is built from coral stone, palm fronds and sandalwood.
Kalba Heritage Museum
The Kalba Heritage Museum project is a planned project to construct a large-scale museum focused on the history of Kalba and its surrounding areas. Its design plans show that the museum structure will be shaped like a sail and will be located on the seashore.
Kalba is home to a protected natural mangrove forest. Conservation efforts around the mangrove have sought to protect the declining populations of white-collared kingfisher birds that inhabit the area. The Khor Kalba Mangrove Center was opened in the spring of 2021 as a sanctuary to protect the mangrove’s biodiversity and local wildlife, help rehabilitate turtles, and nurture endangered birds. It consists of several pod-like structures inspired by sea urchins with minimal environmental impact and includes a visitor center, veterinary clinics, and laboratories.
Work on the project began in April 2021 as part of prevention measures to protect against damages caused by hurricanes and seasonal storms. The project includes the building of four breakwaters on Kalba Beach that are designed to preserve ecological life and the region’s coastal aesthetic.
The Jabal Al Ruman planting project is an initiative to plant pomegranate trees on Jabal Al Ruman (meaning Pomegranate Mountain) in Kalba. It was launched in October 2020 and aims to plant the evergreen trees in an effort to conserve the mountain’s environment.
The Soor Kalba project is a mixed-use development project being constructed in the city of Kalba. It is valued at AED 180 million and consists of the construction of 105 buildings, including 420 apartments and 315 shops. Each building is designed to include both residential and retail units, with Islamic architectural elements. The project further covers the development of car parks and green spaces.
Work on the Souq Al Jubail project was launched in April 2021 in the city of Kalba and consists of expanding the existing fresh produce market initially opened in 2015. The refurbished market is set to cover over 352,000 square feet, expanding the existing market by four times its size. The project will include retail spaces for the sale of fruits and vegetables, fish, and meat as well as restaurants and a car park.