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Saudi Arabia to Take Part in the 50th Cairo International Book Fair

Tuesday 15/January/2019 - 09:40 AM
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Edited by: Yara Sameh

The Saudi Cultural Attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo will participate in 50th Session (Golden Jubilee) of the Cairo International Book Fair during the period January 22 to February 5، Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a statement issued on Monday، the Saudi Cultural Attaché affirmed that the Saudi pavilion will highlight the historic depth of the fraternal bonds between the two countries as well as a number of cultural activities.

Noteworthy، the Cairo International Book Fair is the largest and oldest book fair in the Arab world، held every year in the last week of January in Cairo، Egypt، organised by the General Egyptian Book Organisation. The Fair is considered the most important event in the Arabic publishing world.

The Book Fair is one of the biggest book fairs in the world، drawing hundreds of book sellers from around the world and about 2 million visitors each year. In 2006، it was the second largest book fair in the world after the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The fair is also notable as Cairo-based publishers produce an estimated three of five Arabic language books printed in the world، and the state owned General Egyptian Book Organisation—who coordinate the fair—is the largest book publisher in the Arab world.

The fair features booths and speakers from private publishers and government agencies from around the world، as well as retailers of books، video، and other media. Lectures، readings، and other public events take place during the almost three weeks over which the book fair runs، and material is presented in Arabic، English، and other languages. The fair purposely appeals to ordinary Egyptians، with media on mainstream topics، outdoor events، and even fireworks to entertain the large crowds.

The CIBF was founded by the General Egyptian Book Organisation، a government publishers and retailers group، in 1969 to coincide with celebrations of the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Cairo. Its 41st iteration was held from 21 January to 5 February 2009.
The book fair will be hosted in a different place this year. The first time it moved was in 1969، after it was held in the Cairo Opera House، which moved later to Nasr City.


The book fair had received in 1984 the same backlash for moving the book fair، as it current face after it was moved to El Tagamo El-Khamis.


The transition is for the best as the exhibition ground in Nasr City was damaged after years of hosting the book fair، thus the transition is for the better، especially since this edition is the book fair’s golden jubilee session of the exhibition of the book، which witnessed great development.


The book fair will be held daily from 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM (Cairo local time).

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