Success of the Sharjah International Book Fair

Celebrating Knowledge Without Borders at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2010.

The 29th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), ran from 26th October – 6th November 2010, and is the world’s leading publishing marketplace for both trade and consumer audiences.

Here are some key facts:

Taking place over 10 days, the fair showcases more than 750 publishers from nearly 42 nations, averages more than 400,000 visitors and trades approximately U.S $ 28 million.

Following 29 years of continued success, SIBF re-branded in 2009 to promote the theme ‘the love of the written word’ to regional and international audiences. The new theme and associated branding signifies a more focused purpose which will extend beyond the 10-day event itself.

Mr Ahmed Al Amri is the Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair.

The Fair will be inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi at the Expo Centre, Sharjah on Tuesday 26th October at 10:00.

SIBF is an essential hub in the UAE for book sales through engagement with consumers and publishers, and presents many opportunities for Arabic writers to be translated around the world and vice versa.

While authors have attended each year in the fair’s 29 year history, there will be even greater emphasis this year on authors drawn from across the world – from historians to cookery writers, from novelists to children’s illustrators. 

SIBF is supported by the Department of Culture & Information of Sharjah Government and His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qassimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The fair reflects his vision of ‘reawakening the pursuit of knowledge’ in Sharjah and the U.A.E.

For details of some of the authors, experts, poets and scholars who took part, download the PDF below.

For more information, visit www.sharjahbookfair.com

For a selection of media coverage generated by Midas around the Sharjah Book Fair, click on the below links:

10.10.10 BookBrunch – Sharjah unveils its author programme

13.10.10 Gulf News – More English titles in Sharjah book fair

15.11.10 Publisher’s Weekly – Family Business at the 29th Sharjah International Book Fair

25.10.10 Gulf News – Sharjah book fair to write a new chapter

25.10.10 WAM Emirates News Agency – Kalimat to release 17 new titles during Sharjah International Book Fair

25.10.10 WAM Emirates News Agency – Sarjah Ruler to open Sharjah International Book Fair Tuesday

26.10.10 Gulf News – Sharjah book fair opens

26.10.10 Khaleej Times Online – Sharjah International Book Fair begins today

26.10.10 WAM Emirates News Agency – Al Owais hails the Sharjah International Book Fair

26.10.10 WAM Emirates News Agency – Sharjah Ruler urges youth to give more, preserve national achievements

26.10.10 WAM Emirates News Agency – Sultan opens Sharjah Int’l Book Fair

27.10.10 Bookseller.com – Orion picks up Arabic children’s book at Sharjah

27.10.10 Book2Book – Sharjah International Book Fair Opens In Grand Style

27.10.10 BookBrunch – A vision shared

27.10.10 BookBrunch – A warm welcome on the 23rd floor

27.10.10 BookBrunch – Emerging Voices heard in Sharjah

27.10.10 BookBrunch – Orion signs inaugural deal wth Kalimat

27.10.10 Gulf News – Sultan calls for Arab renaissance

27.10.10 Khaleej Times Online – Sultan unveils his historical book

27.10.10 Publisher’s Weekly – Graphic Novels, Panel Discussions and Deals at the Sharjah Book Fair

27.10.10 Publisher’s Weekly – Sharjah International Book Fair Opens in Grand Style

28.10.10 AME.info – Kalimat signs deal with The Orion Publishing Group

28.10.10 BookBrunch – Sharjah looks to its thirtieth anniversary

28.10.10 Publishing Perspectives – Sharjah’s Int’l Book Fair Makes a Big Push for UK and US Publishers

29.10.10 The National – Fair trade Sharjah International Book Fair

29.10.10 Khaleej Times Online – Orion to publish English version of Kalimat book

31.10.10 Khaleej Times Online – Youngsters thrilled over choices of titles at fair

04.11.10 Khaleej Times Online – Book signing, storytelling lure children to Sharjah fair

15.11.10 Publisher’s Weekly – Family Business at the 29th Sharjah International Book Fair