Monday, November 28, 2011

Record visitors, sales in Sharjah International Book Fair 2011

Jumbo Editorial Team

The 30th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, is reported to have attracted more than half a million visitors and the sales of books exceeded all expectations.

The sales of books reportedly surpassed $50 million (Dh183 million), with an increase of 25 per cent from last year's session, where Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Iran and the UAE came among the most countries with sales focus.

During the closing ceremony held on November 26, His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, stressed that the great success of the 30th edition of the book fair was a result of 30 years of hard work and cultural accumulation of the emirate, built on solid foundations.

"We are not seeking the quantum of what we offer from cultural programmes, but we are keen to have diversity in all our cultural programmes that serve different segments of intellectuals. Without a doubt, the overwhelming response received by the various cultural programmes of the Book Fair is an evidence of the success of these programmes,” Shaikh Sultan observed adding he plans to meet with Emirati writers and intellectuals so that they can enhance the cultural vision and its development in the UAE.

Up to 90 publishers representing 50 countries participated in this year's 10-day book fair that offered about 300,000 titles. Award-winning Arabic novels witnessed a large interest from visitors, attracting 580,000 visitors coming from around the world.

"Since its inception 30 years ago, the 30th edition of the book fair witnessed the unexpected as we received a large crowd of visitors and media outlets, as well as from Arab and international publishers," Ahmad Al Ameri, Director of Sharjah International Book Fair, stated announcing that the year's event will take place in November 2012.

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