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Exhibition area for Sharjah Book Fair sold out
By a Staff Reporter September 12, 2017
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SHARJAH: The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has revealed that the exhibition area designated for publishers for the 36th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2017) has already sold out.

The organisers of SIBF 2017, which takes place at the Expo Centre Sharjah from Nov.1-11, said that an exhibition area of 14,625 square metres out of the fair’s total space of 25,000 square metres has been designated for publishers, with this entire allocation now taken.

SBA said that the fact that applications received from local, Arab and foreign publishers for the 36th edition of the world’s third largest book fair exceeded 53 per cent of the designated area showed the overwhelming demand for participation at the event and emphasised its stature on the global literary circuit. They reiterated that SIBF has become the focus of attention of major publishing houses and cultural institutions from across the world, following its success in attracting 4.8 million visitors over its most recent five editions.

“As the most prominent cultural event in the region, Sharjah International Book Fair is a significant contributor to intercultural interaction and one that extends bridges of communication between different people from around the world. The prestigious stature attained by SIBF would not have been possible without the generous patronage and direct personal attention given by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah,” said Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA.

“Thanks to His Highness’s vision, SIBF now enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a renowned international event that is much-awaited by authors, intellectuals and lovers of the written word. Each edition of SIBF attracts a greater number of publishers wishing to be part of what is a global cultural extravaganza, not only to sell and distribute books, but also to make the most of its outstanding cultural programme, which includes keynote addresses from world famous literary personalities, and presentations, workshops and seminars,” he added.

Commenting on this year’s participation at the book fair, Salim Omar Salim, Director of Marketing and Sales at SIBF, said: “SIBF 2017 has received numerous applications from publishing houses in countries that have not participated in previous editions, which will further enrich the fair’s cosmopolitan literary atmosphere. The designated exhibition space for publishers was fully reserved during the first weeks of the registration opening.”

In addition to publishing houses, SIBF 2017 will see the participation of government and semi-government organisations, rights agents, cultural institutions, public libraries, research centres, educational establishments, university libraries and local and international media. Producers of educational aids, including maps, audios and videos, and national book fairs and other institutions involved in the global book industry, will also be taking part in the 11-day event.

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