HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Amiri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), said the authority’s participation in the 39th edition of Paris International Book Fair, is part of its mission to build bridges between civilizations, and introduce the French and European cultural institutions to Sharjah’s cultural landscape. He went on to add, “The emirate’s cultural journey stems from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who spares no effort to connect with various cultures, and introduce the rich Arabic and Islamic culture all around the world.”
On the sidelines of the Paris Book Fair, SBA held several meetings at the Sharjah Pavilion and highlighted to French and European publishers and intellectuals, the strides that Sharjah has made in its cultural journey. At the Sharjah pavilion, SBA showcased its first flagship initiative, Sharjah Publishing City (SPC), the world’s first publishing and printing free zone, highlighting the premium services and commercial advantages it offers to publishers, authors and other literary professionals from around the world.
Established in December 2014, SBA is dedicated to encouraging investment in creative industries and offering a platform for knowledge and intellectual exchange between people from different civilisations and cultures. SBA aims to highlight the significant role of writers and their influence in promoting community awareness, especially after the advent of different technologies and multiple knowledge sources.