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UAE publishers steal limelight at Cairo International Book Fair

Sunday 03 February 2019 12:03 PM

Book fair
Book fair

The Cairo International Book Fair marked its golden jubilee this year as one of the oldest cultural and book events in the Arab region amid strong participation by publishers from 35 countries.

Despite constraints facing publishers by the internet and digital publications, the event attracted many visitors. The UAE booth stole the limelight with dozens of titles reflecting the country’s heritage as well as its cultural and religious role in the region.

“We view our participation in the fair very highly,” said Fadel Hussein, the head of the Sharjah Book Fair section at the UAE booth. “The Cairo International Book Fair is unique and enjoys huge importance on the Arab cultural stage.”

The Sharjah Book Fair was one of several UAE exhibitors, some of which participated in the Cairo event for the first time. Others have been travelling to Cairo for years as part of the UAE’s general cultural outreach policy.
Nearly 750 local, Arab and international publishers participated in the fair, regarded as Egypt’s most important cultural event. The Arab League was the guest of honour this year.

Taking place in the Fifth Settlement, a sprawling new urban community on the outskirts of Cairo, the fair aspires to reinvent itself as part of Egypt’s pursuit to regain a leading cultural role.