The Sharjah International Book Fair have today announced their exciting and extensive details for the region’s largest book fair which takes place Nov 2 until Nov. 12 in Sharjah. Attending the press conference were HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority as well as HE Abdulaziz Taryam, CEO Advisor and General Manager of Etisalat Northern Emirates.
Now in it’s 35th year, the programme is filled to the brim with all things literary as well as a plethora of activities such as a cooking corner which includes 76 activities with 14 guests from 10 participating countries. Children are promised a dazzling time with a whole host of activities lined up for their entertainment, with 54 guests from 19 participating countries dedicated to the task.
Participating in this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair are 1250 publishers from 60 countries, with nine of these countries participating for the first time. There will be over half a million books on display and UNESCO is to be guest of honor at SIBF 2016.
The Fair organizers have settled on ‘Read More’ as this year’s slogan in accordance with the UAE’s ‘2016 Year of Reading’ which continues to be celebrated across the country.
In an earlier press release, the SIBF announced that it will play host to renowned Egyptian actor Ezzat Al Alaili in appreciation of his significant contribution to Egyptian Cinema over many decades and his highly creative film interpretations of the best Egyptian and Arabic novels through a huge collection of films and TV series.
The Fair will open daily from early morning until late at night during its 11-day run bringing together authors, publishers, readers, literary stakeholders, celebrities and cultural ambassadors all under one roof in an exhibition area that covers 25,000 square metres, with the space extending across five halls at Expo Centre Sharjah.