UAE NEWS: The ‘Hybrid’ Sharjah International Book Fair kicks off on November 4th

The 39th Sharjah International Book Fair features the theme ‘The World Reads from Sharjah’.

Sharjah: The 39th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will be held from November 4-14 with the title, ‘The World Reads from Sharjah’.

SIBF organizers announced Thursday that this year’s program will be a combination of online and offline programs (face-to-face) “that will bring an unforgettable mix of literary and cultural activities.” “The new version of the exhibition is safe for viewers, and fully adheres to the global health and safety conventions designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The SIBF cultural system makes full use of digital format while publishers will be able to show off at the Sharjah Expo Center, so book lovers across the country can continue to enjoy the experience of seeing and buying books this year, ”reads a statement from the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).

Commitment to Sharjah’s cultural heritage
SBA chairman Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri said: “The SIBF is a major event in the global publishing industry calendar, and our decision to hold a different program this year despite the ongoing challenges of the disease is aimed at benefiting students and local, regional and international publishing markets.

”SBA’s commitment to Sharjah’s cultural heritage is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Executive Council and Governor of Sharjah, to build a brighter future and a promising hope for younger generations by promoting knowledge and expanding the horizons through learning. ”

Incubator of Arab culture
The organizers said this year’s theme, ‘The World Reads from Sharjah’, was inspired by Sharjah’s position as a promoter of Arab culture and an art hub that attracts intellectuals, writers and artists to meet and share information. , young people, adults and industry professionals who want to buy new articles and explore new types of literature.

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