Sheikh Sultan interacts with officials at the Sharjah International Book Fair. WAM
The gesture is a continuation of His Highness’ constant approach to support the book industry and publishing houses with the aim of providing Sharjah’s public and government libraries with the latest Arabic and international intellectual, literary and scientific publications.
Forming part of His Highness’s vision to promote reading and support books, the grant will be used by the libraries to attain the latest titles and books from publishing houses participating at SIBF 2019, as Sharjah libraries are major reference for researchers, educated, specialists and school and university students, as well as all interested in knowledge in Sharjah and the UAE at large.
Commenting on His Highness grant, Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, said that His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah is not only building an exhibition project or an emirate, but he is building a project of a whole nation and civilisation by his patronage and support for the Arab Library, and emphasising its value in reflecting and presenting the features of our culture and our deep experience in literature, art, science and thought. Building on this, Al Ameri explained, His Highness is not only a direct supporter for publishers or writers, but also a model for the various institutions of the emirate and the sponsors of cultural work in the UAE, as well as those who are responsible for the Arab and international knowledge.
Al Ameri concluded that, due to all initiatives and efforts of the Ruler of Sharjah, new generations of readers and innovators are reaping the fruits, recognising that the read word is our means of living on the earth with love and peace.
While over two million visitors graced the fair, the last eleven days saw the power of the written word rise to glorious heights. Specifically, in the very year that Sharjah is the Book Capital of the World.
The attendees stood watching the lighting of the logo for several minutes, and read the slogan of the winning Sharjah campaign: "Open books ... Open minds."
The gesture reflects the Sharjah Ruler’s keenness to promote locally-produced literature within the UAE’s book industry by supporting Emirati writers and intellectuals, and ultimately enhancing their presence in libraries.
Sheikh Mohammed tweeted on his account on Twitter, saying: “An image from the UAE’s Hope Probe,135 million km away from Mars. The probe will reach the Red Planet on February 9, 2021."
The move falls within bilateral cooperation between the UAE and the State of Israel following the signing of the Abraham Accords and aims to facilitate travel to the UAE for the time being.
Being organised by the Sharjah Committee for National Day Celebrations with all necessary precautionary measures against the COVID-19 in place, the proceeds of the grand concert will go to support the humanitarian initiatives of the Big Heart Foundation in aid of refugees and the needy people around the world.