Sharjah 24: The activities of the second edition of the Emirati Book Fair (EBF), organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) in cooperation with the Emirates Writers Union until April 24 at the headquarters of the SBA, where the works of 970 Emirati writers are on display in one place in a scene that embodies Sharjah’s message towards advancing books and writers and upgrading the book industry sector in the UAE and the region.
Regarding the importance of organizing the Fair, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the SBA, said, “The Emirati Book Fair continues the cultural movement led by the Emirate of Sharjah under the guidance and visions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad. Al Qasimi, a member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who has set himself the goal of moving the book up the list of the emirate’s civilized project and making it a pillar of sustainable development, as it embodies on the field the extent of interest in Emirati writers and authors, and its message is integrated into efforts to develop and support the book industry and the production of Arab knowledge and its global counterpart.
He added: “His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah’s launch of his new book at the Fair carried great and many messages to all Emirati writers and authors. It is an affirmation that the Fair and the Emirate of Sharjah are the home of every Emirati writer, and that the arrival of the Emirati cultural discourse in the Arab and global arenas begins with the vigorous and robust national presence and the lively and fruitful communication with bookmakers in the Emirates.
For his part, Sultan Al-Amimi, Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union, stressed that the support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to Emirati writers and authors is relentless, and that the efforts made by Sharjah under the leadership of His Highness are exceptional and record the story of an unprecedented renaissance of the Emirati cultural movement, emphasizing that the exhibition embodies the vision of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah towards interest in the local creative product, and realizes its aspirations to form an incubator of local writers and publishers to exchange experiences and know-how.
Al-Amimi explained that every cultural event that brings writers and publishers together with readers and the public is a great and important addition to the local cultural scene, stressing that the Fair urges every Emirati writer to make more efforts to enrich the creative scene and invest the opportunities available to market the book and help spread the culture of reading.
Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Musallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage, said: “The participation of the Sharjah Institute for Heritage in the Emirati Book Fair stems from its constant concern for effective and quality at various cultural events, especially those related to the book and publishing industry in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to promote writers and authors.
He pointed out that the Institute is participating in this second edition of the Fair with a selection of its Emirati publications, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, books and publications that enrich the field of historical, heritage and cultural studies, adding that this edition will open the way to enhance the status of Emirati writers.
On the importance of the Fair, Dr. Youssef Eidabi, Cultural Advisor to the administration of Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Center for Gulf Studies (Dara) and Managing Director of Al Qasimi Publications, said: “The Book Fair Emirati is an important event. event because it is based on the national dimension and on the terrain of Emirati publishing houses. More than forty years after the launch of the Sharjah Emirate Cultural Project, we have had a large number of local publishing houses concerned with Emirati books, and I hope that the exhibition will become a national domain and a vast incubator for Emirati books, which represent Emirati identity, memory, future and creativity.
For his part, Rashid Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirati Publishers Association (EPA), said: “The Emirati Book Fair is a distinguished addition to Sharjah’s cultural events calendar and will have a direct impact on the Emirati publishing industry, especially since it is part of integrated and multiple efforts that have dimensions and impact, including qualitative initiatives to promote the culture of reading, international participation in Arab and foreign book forums, and the exhibitions, events and awards the country is witnessing to advance Emirati writers and authors”.
Al Kous added: “EPA’s participation in the Fair comes through the platform initiative, where we display publications from a number of Emirati publishers as part of continued efforts to support Emirati bookmakers and enhance the size of their presence and participation in local and international book forums and fairs, and we hope that the exhibition will allow them to reach readers in the United Arab Emirates and pave the way for them to strengthen cooperation and joint work with other publishing houses, cultural institutions and libraries.