The book fair, titled ‘For Love of The Written Words’, will introduce more books in foreign languages as a new Translation Centre will also be inaugurated. With a dedicated annual budget of around Dh1 million by His highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to translate Arabic history, culture and many other issues to different languages, the initiative plans to promote intellectual relations. The 10-day annual fair is recognised as one of the most significant book fairs in the Middle East and the Arab world, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was selected as the guest of honour and India was selected as this year’s cultural focus with around 35 publishers.
Sharjah International Book Fair offers an online club for readers which presents wide range of books. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Department of Culture and Information in Sharjah, said:
“The Sharjah International Book Fair is one of the biggest annual events in Sharjah, confirming the vision of His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi to make Sharjah as a key hub of culture and heritage across the region.”
Ahmad bin Rakadh Al Amri, Director of the SIBF, said that over 50 international publishers have confirmed attendance from over 16 countries including Japan, Russia, the US, the UK, Romania and Mexico. The programme will also be attended by Arab publishers from across the region.
Al Amri said that this year’s book fair draws a total of 894 publishers, showcasing books from 42 nations. This year’s book fair will offer a live cookery show comprising 32 recipes from across the world as well as easy recipes for kids and children’s fun programmes. The line-up this year includes Peter James, world renowned crime writer; Kate Mosse, New York Times best-selling novelist; and George Goodwin, award-winning historian among 15 international and Arab authors.