The 37th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) will be held from October 31 to November 10 at the Sharjah Expo Centre Al Khan Area, Al Taawun Street, opposite Al Arab Mall.
This important event will witness participation of leading Arab and international writers, artists, intellectuals, cultural personalities, chefs and performers. Featured programmes will include debates, poetry readings, workshops for children and adults, literary seminars, cultural shows.
This year edition will have over 1,000 publishers from around the world, 1’681 publishing houses, 13,500 sqm of the exhibition area, 60 countries represented about 1.5 million titles on display.
Omar Ghobash, UAE ambassador to France and author of the bestselling book Letters to a Young Muslim, is one of the star names due to appear at this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair. Ghobash is one of a number of high-profile speakers, announced on Monday at the headquarters of Sharjah Book Authority. Other notable names include Palestinian poet Ibrahim Nasrallah, Indian composer L Subramaniam, Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi, British business writer Emma Gannon, and UAE actor and director Habib Ghuloom.
According to chairman Ahmed Al Ameri, chairman of SBA the fair is much more than an annual 11-day fair. It is now an essential component of the world’s collective sociocultural memory. This fair is a unique experience for everyone who visits or is part of the fair – there are those who buy their first book; some others visit to enhance cultural relations; and some come searching for the author who changed their life.
This event is a valuable opportunity for parents to ignite in their children a fondness for books and reading, and inspire a curiosity among them to learn about the world they live in.
Al Ameri noted that the event is an annual opportunity for people to be introduced to a “one-of-a-kind cultural extravaganza”, where multiple nationalities come together to share their experiences and explore other cultures. “In doing so, the SIBF extends Sharjah’s efforts to build strong bridges of communication with the world.”
The SIBF is one of the top three book fairs in the world.