Emirates News Agency – “Sharjah Book” enhances its cooperation with publishing makers at “Frankfurt Fair”

Frankfurt, October 20/WAM/ The Sharjah Book Authority discussed the prospects for cooperation and joint work with a group of major publishing industry institutions in Europe and the world, and discussed areas for publishers’ participation and expansion of their presence in the upcoming sessions of the Sharjah International Book Fair based on the opportunities and facilities offered by Sharjah to advance the industry. book globally.

This came during a series of meetings held by the authority as part of its participation in the 74th edition of the Frankfurt International Book Fair, which will be held from October 19 to 23, with the attendance and participation of publishers from 95 countries from around the world.

The Sharjah pavilion participating in the exhibition witnessed a great turnout during the first and second days of the exhibition, in which life returned strongly after overcoming the repercussions of the Corona crisis. The participating delegation varied between those interested in participating in the Sharjah International Book Fair and the Publishers Conference, and others interested in the services provided by the Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone and the privileges and facilities it provides for publishing companies and institutions to enable them to reach new markets.

During the participation, the authority revealed new cooperations that will be announced soon with senior workers in the publishing industry globally, which will enhance the position of the Emirate of Sharjah internationally in this sector and continue to lead the “Sharjah International Book Fair” among the largest exhibitions in the world.

His Excellency Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, and Mansour Al Hassani, Director of Publishers Services Department, and the delegation participating in the authority’s pavilion at the fair held two meetings with the Mexico Book Fair and the South Korean Fair to follow up on joint preparations for hosting the Emirate of Sharjah as a guest of honor in the two fairs.

In separate meetings, the Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority met John Ingram, Chairman of the Ingram Content Group, and also met with Marcus Dooley, CEO of Penguin Random House, and Perminder Mann, CEO of Bonner Books in the United Kingdom, and discussed with them ways to develop joint business.

His Excellency Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri said: Participation in international exhibitions such as the (Frankfurt International Book Fair) is one of the efforts led by Sharjah within its vision to support the publishing sector in the UAE and the region and enhance the Arab presence in global knowledge forums, based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and within the context that frames the Emirate’s civilized project based on building the human being and upgrading the book industry and knowledge in the UAE and the Arab world.

He added that these participations are a platform for dialogue with the pioneers of creative industries and come within a series of meetings related to preparations for the upcoming sessions of the Sharjah International Book Fair and the Publishers Conference, as Sharjah has become a global leader in cultural work, and many publishers, writers and creators are looking forward to participating in its agenda, and this is what we saw from the intensity of visits to the pavilion Sharjah is participating in the exhibition, especially those looking to expand their presence in the Asian and African publishing markets.

In turn, Mansour Al-Hassani spoke about the interest of international publishers in Sharjah’s participation in the exhibition, explaining that the Sharjah International Book Fair’s recording of the history of the largest fair in the world in its previous fortieth session placed the emirate in a central global position among workers in the publishing industry and opened new doors for the Arab publishing sector to communicate with His international counterpart, pointing out that publishers, writers, illustrators and translators are looking forward to learn about the next steps of Sharjah’s efforts, and seek to be participants and beneficiaries of them.

The authority’s delegation also held many meetings and meetings in the emirate’s pavilion, the most prominent of which was the meeting with the Union of Booksellers in Europe, in addition to meetings that included many publishing houses participating in the exhibition, such as Simon & Schuster from Canada, Harper Collins’ books for American children’s books, the American Chronicle, and Litera Publishing. From Romania and many more.

The Sharjah Book Authority participates annually in the Frankfurt International Book Fair sessions and highlights Sharjah’s efforts in publishing and translation, and reviews with major publishing institutions and book fair managers the authority’s programs and the opportunities it provides for publishers and those interested in exchanging the purchase of publishing and translation rights, especially through the “Sharjah International Agency for Literary Rights”. .


Muhammad Nabil Abu Taha / Batoul Kashwani / Zakaria Mohieldin

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