Photo Gallery: Sharjah International Book Fair Throws its Doors Open

Photo Gallery: Sharjah International Book Fair Throws its Doors Open

The fact that UAE is a book and culture-loving nation has been reaffirmed with the opening of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2020) today. Important cultural ambassadors, diplomats, media professionals, and members of community showed up bright and early as Sharjah opened the doors to the 39th edition of the globally anticipated annual cultural celebration this morning, which continues for 11 days until November 14.

Surrounded by the fair’s distinctive bright orange and white branding at Expo Centre Sharjah, walking through halls buzzing with conversation and activity, and being in company of more than one million books showcased by 1,024 publishers who have come in from 73 nations to exhibit at the fair, feels enormously uplifting.

Expo visitors must pre-book fixed 3-hour (renewable) visitation slots at They will be given coloured bracelets that will monitor their visits. The fair’s halls and publisher stalls will be sanitised and disinfected daily.

The cultural programme of SIBF 2020 comprising 64 exciting discussions with 60 renowned authors, intellectuals, poets, politicians and artists from 19 countries, have begun on the ‘Sharjah Reads’ virtual platform. Registrations for the discussions and workshops can be done on

Amongst the literary luminaries and global cultural figures participating in the 11-day fair are Prince Ea, Robert Kiyosaki, Lang Leav, Elisabetta Dami, Yann Martel, Neil Pasricha, Yaser Akel, Ravinder Singh, Wasini al-A’raj, Ahmed Murad, Lina Khoury, Layla Mutawa, Ahmad Al-Rifai, Mishel Hamad, Sultan Alameemi, and Iman Al Yousef.

Chris Fernando

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