The SIBF stand has seen a remarkable presence of prominent figures, officials, artists, intellectuals, and lettermen, as well as university students, and a number of professionals and people interested in the publishing and book industry from various countries participating in the three-week book event.
The SIBF’s participation is being represented by a delegation headed by Salim Omar Salim, Head of Sales & Marketing at the SIBF, and Fadil Hussein, Vice Coordinator-General of the Sharjah International Book Fair.
Among the most prominent figures who visited SIBF’s stand were H.E Darwish Al Bloushi, Minster responsible for financial affairs-oman, and UAE Ambassador to Oman Abdul Redha Abdullah Khouri, who highly valued SIBF’s participation in this exhibition and praised its greatly recognised cultural reputation in the region as well as its role in enhancing the potential of Arabic culture in terms of production and dissemination.
The SIBF delegation dedicated a number of publications to the visiting dignitaries, including books authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, as well as various other titles.
The visiting audience were introduced to SIBF’s prestigious experience throughout its annual editions, spanning 31 years, characterised by its excellent organisation and management and its potential to accommodate large numbers of participating countries and publishers, as well as the major expansions the Sharjah Book Fair has undergone to accommodate publishers and visitors.
They also praised the quality of the programmes and events that are run along with the book exhibition, which has grown to become one of the largest and most popular cultural extravaganzas at both the Gulf and regional levels.
Speaking on the occasion, Salim Omar Salim, Head of Sales & Marketing at the SIBF, said,” We are pleased with the great hospitality accorded to us by our Omani brethren and the attention the Sharjah Book Fair ahs from visitors. Muscat Book Fair offered us the opportunity to meet with prominent figures where we discussed the participation of more publishing houses and intellectuals in the upcoming edition of SIBF. We also highlighted SIBF’s prestigious experience as well as the unlimited support it enjoys.”
The Muscat book Fair brought together more than 520 participants from 26 countries, including a large number of new participants, with the participation of foreign book publishers increasing to 26 publishing houses and libraries. The book fair offers 140,000 titles, including 61,533 books released during 2010-2012, and 5,100 titles in 2013, according to Omani official sources.