CAIRO: Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates has donated 4,000 books to the Institut d’Égypte.
Cairo International Airport received the 4,000 books Wednesday, and the shipment weighed 918 kilograms, Youm7 reported. The Emirati collection will consist mostly of French books and encyclopedias, in addition to a number of rare Arabic books. Qasimi has offered books from his own personal collection.
The Institut d’Égypte academy was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798. But the facility was burned amid protests at the Shura Council in December 2011 when protesters threw Molotov cocktails at it.
It was reopened in October 2012, but the Egyptian State Information Service (SIS) said that only 25,000 out of 200,000 books and documents survived the fire. This was despite the efforts of protesters and soldiers who reportedly rushed in to salvage texts. Qassimi has promised to pay for the 6 million EGP restorations.