Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA

The love and demand for books, literature and knowledge do not seem to subside even in the midst of a pandemic situation. The Sharjah Book Authority has announced that the entire area of 14,625 sqm exhibitor space at the Sharjah Expo Centre has been sold out, with thousands of purchases by publishers from across the world for the 2020 edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF, which is scheduled for November.

All exhibition spaces were sold out since the fair’s organisers opened registration this February, which testifies both the cultural and market appeal of this 11-day event, reported ofiicial news agency, WAM.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said, “Today, SIBF is a major event on the global publishing industry calendar. Each year, it is a focal point for publishers, writers and thinkers from around 80 countries worldwide who deem it imperative to participate, explore new opportunities and showcase their products and services to millions of fair visitors.”

“It is heartening to receive such strong industry support even in these challenging times, which drives us to host an exceptional edition this year to continue benefitting both the reader as well as local, regional and global publishing markets,” he added.

Reiterating the power of knowledge and education in offering solutions for challenges of every kind, he said, “By hosting this SIBF 2020, we renew our commitment to Sharjah’s cultural message that emphasises the empowerment of communities through reading, literacy and knowledge.”

Staying true to tradition, the fair will have spaces dedicated for literary discussions, workshops, creative and artistic events, in addition to areas designated for managerial, administrative, and technical personnel who will communicate with publishers and facilitate their participation.

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