Jumbo Editorial Team
The officials of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), in pursuit of their eagerness to preserve Arabic culture and identity and highlight Sharjah as an education hub and a cultural destination, recently visited various universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after having undertaken a similar tour of Jordan.
The prime objective of the visits was to invite Jordanian and Saudi universities, libraries, and cultural institutions to attend the upcoming edition of the SIBF scheduled to be held from November 7 to 17.
The delegation included Salim Omar Salim, SIBF Head of Sales and Marketing, and Fadil Hussein, Vice Coordinator-General of the SIBF.
It expressed optimism over the level of progress and advancement the Arab universities have reached, thus heralding a promising future.
The visits covered a large number of universities where the delegation contacted various academic cadres and faculties in order to familiarise them with the SIBF's cultural and academic capabilities.
They also informed them of the titles and literary releases that would be available on the shelves of the SIBF.
The SIBF, it may be recalled, was established in 1982 under an Emiri Decree issued by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who has continued to patronize the event generously.
The SIBF has grown in stature with every passing year, having become one of the biggest book fairs in the Middle East.
The 10-day annual event is a direct result of Sharjah's dedication and commitment to developing and maintaining a culture of reading within the Emirate and the UAE, as is clearly encapsulated in the SIBF motto - For the Love of the Written Word.
The SIBF has gone beyond just holding a successful book fair. It’s working on the vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi to extend bridges of cultural and intellectual communication, exchange knowledge with other countries, and highlight Arab identity.