The curtains came down on the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on Saturday – the most successful to date, since it was launched in 1982, setting records for the number of visitors as well hosting 1,681 publishing houses from 60 countries with approximately 1.5 million titles on display.
More than 2.31 million visitors attended, compared to 1.2 million visitors last year. Sales too hit a high of Dh176 million from Dh135 million last year.
In a press statement, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the organizers of SIBF, said: “The UAE leadership’s decision to promote reading and a love of books has been an instrumental factor in making this year’s edition of Sharjah International Book Fair its most successful to date.”
Of course, the event’s patron and its biggest supporter has been Sharjah ruler, Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, who believed in its potential from its very first edition, when only six publishers were present and hardly any visitors.
Sharjah Book Fair