The United Arab Emirates’ SIBF has earned the title of the world’s largest book fair for the first time since its inception in 1982, wrote.

This global recognition follows the success of one of the book fair’s professional programmes – the SIBF Publishers Conference – whose 11th edition held in the emirate in the leadup to the book fair surpassed every international book fair held this year to attract the participation of 546 publishers and literary agents from 83 countries looking to do business with each other.

Held under the theme ‘There’s always a right book’, the 11-day SIBF 2021 is being held till November 13 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

Commenting on the achievement, Ahmed bin Rakkad al-Ameri, chairman of SBA, said, “The world-renowned event has proved its resilience by bringing together 1,632 publishers from 83 countries to exhibit 15 million books, which includes 1.3 million unique titles, of which 110,000 are making their SIBF debut.”

“This accomplishment follows a series of recent achievements by Sharjah and SIBF. They include being accorded guest of honour status at several international book fairs, including Paris, Moscow, Madrid, New Delhi and Sao Paulo; and organising the biggest international event held during the pandemic last year. This new triumph is the highlight of the 40th edition, and a fulfilment of the promise we showed at the inaugural edition of SIBF in 1982.”

The 2021 edition of SIBF celebrates Spain as a guest of honour and brings together 83 authors from 22 countries. The SIBF agenda includes more than 1,000 activities, including 440 cultural sessions, in addition to 355 shows, performances, seminars as well as workshops for children.

Source: Iran Daily