The 2020 edition of the 11-day Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) to be held in November has been sold out.
The Sharjah Book Authority, the organizer of the fair which is being held for the past 38 years, announced that the entirety of the 14,625 sq. m. exhibitor space at the Sharjah Expo Center has been fully booked with thousands of publishers from across the world signed in.
All exhibition spaces were sold out since registration opened this February, which testifies both the cultural and market appeal of the event, according to the Sharjah Book Authority.
SIBF is a key opportunity to tap into both the commercial and customer potential of the Middle East and Asia regions.
Alongside publishers, several government and semi-government entities, rights agents and other industry professionals, educational and cultural institutions, public libraries, research centers, education service providers, university libraries, as well as local and international media will make an appearance at SIBF 2020.
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Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said: “Today, SIBF is a major event on the global publishing industry calendar.
Each year, it is a focal point for publishers, writers and thinkers from around 80 countries worldwide who deem it imperative to participate, explore new opportunities and showcase their products and services to millions of fair visitors.”
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“It is heartening to receive such strong industry support even in these challenging times, which drives us to host an exceptional edition this year to continue benefitting both the reader as well as local, regional and global publishing markets,” he added.
The fair will have spaces dedicated for literary discussions, workshops, creative and artistic events.
Reiterating the power of knowledge and education in offering solutions for challenges of every kind, he said, “By hosting this SIBF 2020, we renew our commitment to Sharjah’s cultural message that emphasizes the empowerment of communities through reading, literacy and knowledge.”
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