Sharjah Book Fair becomes major new translation hub

New SIBF Translation Rights Centre launches with $300,000 translation fund in its first year

Sharjah International Book Fair, the Middle East’s premier book fair, is launching a SIBF Translation Rights Centre to celebrate its 30th birthday in November 2011.

The SIBF Translation Rights Centre, which is sponsored by etisalat, the largest telecommunications company in the UAE, and supported by American University of Sharjah (AUS), will offers grants for deals done or initiated at the Fair, and it will include books being translated between any two languages. In its first year it will have a translation fund of $300,000.

This new initiative is a reflection of the international reach and influence of SIBF and is driven by the vision of its Director, Mr Ahmed Al Amri.

Crucially, the launch of the SIBF Translation Rights Centre is supported by a hugely expanded professional programme, which will take place on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 November, prior to official opening of SIBF on Wednesday 16 November.

HE Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi President of the Emirates Publishers Association said:
“We are proud to launch the SIBF Translation Rights Centre to celebrate our 30th anniversary. It will mark a significant gathering of international publishers and we will facilitate as many translation deals as we can, confirming Sharjah’s important role as an influential international book fair.”