The Emirates Philately Association (EPA), the hosts for the 28th Asian International Stamp Exhibition being held in Sharjah, has a collection of exquisite and rare stamps, with some dating back to mid-nineteenth century depicting the history of postal services in old Arabia.On the occasion, Abdulla Mohammed Tayyeb Khoory, president of the EPA, commented, \”Stamp collection is a centuries\’ old hobby, and a very competitive one at that, indulged by kings and princes. Like books of history, stamps can accurately reflect the history, geography, political changes, and economy of the issuing country.\”
The 28th Asian International Stamp Exhibition taking place in Mega Mall, Sharjah, between the 20 – 25 November 2012, has brought together some 200 exhibitors from twenty-four countries, more than thirty prominent stamp dealers along withphilatelists and philately-enthusiasts from across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.
Speaking about the exhibition, Saeed bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Mega Mall, said, \”Mega Mall is very proud to be able to support the flourishing philatelic community in the country.UAE stamp collections have been exhibited around the world, winning prestigious awards and medals, which is proof that philately is just as competitive in the Emirates as in the rest of the world.\”
On the occasion, Hatim Al Attar, a renowned philatelist who has won several medals worldwide, most notably for his exhibit \’Commemorative Issues of GCC Exhibitions\’last year in Wuxi, China, on the 27th edition of Asian International Stamp Exhibition, gave an insightful talk on how to best design and planan exhibit. He is also the coordinator for this year\’s stamp exhibition.
Another esteemed member of the team, Jurist Tan Chee Hui from the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, also gave an interesting lecture onhow to best understand postal history whenlaunching afirst exhibit.
Being held under the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP), Sharjah 2012 features a range of activities including seminars and specialised children\’s activities as well as some 200 exhibitors from twenty-four countries competing in 13 separate classes, including \’Traditional Philately\’, \’Postal History\’,\’Thematic Philately\’, and \’Aerophilately\’, as well as the coveted FIAP Championship Class, which is only open to collections that have been awarded at least three FIP/FIAP large gold medals at exhibitions patronized by FIP/FIAP over the past 10 years. In addition there will also be an opportunity for young stamp collectors to make their mark in the \’Youth Philately\’ class in the age categories 10 to 15 years, 16 – 18 years, or 19 – 21 years.