London Book Fair: Sharjah takes Sheikh Sultan’s message to 20,000 publishers

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Held at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London, the event saw the participation of over 20,000 publishers, librarians, literary agents and media representatives from over 100 countries. Panel discussions, traditional Emirati folk performances and poetry recitals led by eminent Emirati and English authors and poets gave Sharjah’s Market Focus program a diversity that reflected the vision behind the emirate’s cultural project to promote intercultural communication with the world.

As part of Sharjah’s Market Focus programme, eminent Emirati and Arab authors have been celebrated at the LBF. The British Library and the British Arab Center hosted local writers and poets to lead discussions and poetry recitation sessions. SBA showcased English translations of the works of 59 Emirati and Arab authors – the largest initiative of its kind in the region supported by the Emirates Writers Union.

The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) supervised the Market Focus programs. Participating entities included the Emirates Writers Union, Sharjah Trade and Tourism Development Authority, Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, Emirates Publishers Association, Publishing City Free Zone of Sharjah, Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre, Al Qasimi Publications, Sharjah Department of Culture, Sharjah Institute for Heritage. , UAE Board on Books for Young People, University of Sharjah, Kalimat Group, House of Wisdom, Knowledge without Borders and the 1001 Titles initiative.

Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations (DGR) in Sharjah and Head of Sharjah’s Delegation to the Book Fair, said: “The world honors nations that consciously contribute to the development of mankind, knowing the importance of doing so. . Sharjah is proud of its holistic and human-centered cultural project, which was established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Born from authentic Arab values ​​and fully invested in the transmission of knowledge by supporting and promoting its book industry, the cultural project of the emirate thus constitutes a regional and global reference”.

He added: “Having Sharjah honored as a London Book Fair Market Focus was indeed a celebration of our leadership in promoting cross-cultural appreciation and exchange as a key pillar of sustainability and peace. . As our digitized world has given us the power to easily open doors to new people, places and cultures, it is imperative to not just focus on the similarities, but to celebrate the differences. During LBF 2022, Sharjah played a vital role in highlighting the contributions of the Emirati and Arab cultures to humanity, and we hope to have opened new horizons for future dialogue and exchanges between Europe and the Arab world. .

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said: “Sharjah’s participation in LBF 2022 was not only the UK’s celebration of the emirate’s cultural project, but also a global commemoration of its experience of inclusive development that follows Dr. Sheikh’s forward-looking vision. Sultan.”

He added: “His Highness has been attending the London Book Fair since 2008 and the emirate has been a part of it for over 15 years. These efforts have helped us forge strong friendships with the UK and the rest of the world. Europe – a bond that was celebrated this year with the title Market Focus Sharjah’s cultural significance to the world was clearly manifested in the strong commitment to its Market Focus program from publishers, authors and leading cultural entities at the book fair.We were particularly proud to see Emirati writers, poets and creators take center stage on prestigious cultural platforms across London.

“The emirate, utilizing its great potential and tireless efforts, has established itself as a leader in publishing, regionally and globally. The fact that Sharjah was Market Focus at LBF 2022, which was preceded by its participation in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2022 as guest of honor, demonstrates our central place in the global book industry.

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