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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Sharjah International Book Fair is returning next month – and how! There will be a host of events to entertain book lovers not just from Sharjah but from other emirates as well, plus visitors from abroad.
Interlinguistic and intercultural exchange of literature and ideas will be a key highlight of the 39th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair to be held from Nov.4 – 14. In a celebration of literary and cultural diversity, 73 nations represented by 1,024 publishers will be leading cross-cultural dialogues at SIBF 2020 being held under the theme, "The World Reads from Sharjah."Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), SIBF 2020, which moves into a hybrid online-offline format this year, will showcase more than 80,000 new titles in more than 30 languages at the Expo Centre in Sharjah covering a broad spectrum of genres.
While all cultural events will be held online via the newly launched "Sharjah Reads" platform following the UAE’s preventative measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), literature enthusiasts and book lovers can enjoy the experience of browsing through and buying books at Expo Centre Sharjah.Five information desks will be set up across the fair’s six halls to facilitate visitors’ access to books and publishers. The 2020 edition of SIBF will be convening publishers from around the world including 202 from Egypt, 186 from the UAE, 93 from Lebanon, 72 from Syria, 46 from KSA, 39 from the UK, 29 from the US, 13 from Italy, 12 from France and 8 from Canada.
Khoula Al Mujaini, SIBF General Coordinator, said: “The participation of a large number of publishing houses amid the prevailing challenge of a pandemic is a testament to SIBF’s integral role in stepping up efforts to revitalise the book industry. It also endorses the confidence of global publishers in Sharjah’s capability to organise one of the world’s top three book fairs in adherence to all global COVID-19 prevention protocols. We have adopted the highest standards of precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all our participants and visitors.”
UAE residents who would like to visit the Expo Centre to purchase books will need to pre-book slots by registering themselves on on registration.sibf.com.
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