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Cairo Book Fair organizer reveals details of opening ceremony

Tuesday 15/January/2019 - 02:15 PM
Dr. Haitham Al-Haj
Dr. Haitham Al-Haj
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Head of the General Egyptian Book Organization and the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) official organizer Dr. Haitham Al-Haj revealed the date of the book fair’s golden jubilee opening ceremony.

Dr. Haitham Al-Haj revealed in an interview on program “Hona Alasema” broadcasted on “CBC” satellite channel، that this year’s book fair opening ceremony will take place on January 22، none the less، the book fair will be open for the public on January 23.

The first day of the book fair will be a carnival on the occasion of the opening ceremony، Al Haj Ali، pointed out، that the cultural activity will begin on the 23rd.”

“This edition is considered exceptional due to moving the exhibition ground.” Al Haj Ali pointed

He pointed out that for the first time there will be a special exhibition for the child in the book fair in a designated area، explaining that there will be more than 270 activities for children over the period of the book fair.

Head of the General Egyptian Book Organization and the Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) official organizer stated that the organization of the book fair this year will be at a high level.

Everything else you need to know about the book fair:

- The book fair will be held daily from 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM (Cairo local time).
- People of special needs will be allowed entrance for free، as long as they have their card.
- 2800 writers، critics، and poet will participate in cultural events.
- The Book Fair will hold 419 cultural events، and 144 artistic events، 234 events dedicated to children، and 600 signing parties.
- The Book Fair will also hold 8 workshops for theatrical writing and fine art.
- The total area of the Book Fair is 450 thousand square meters.
- The Book Fair will be attended by 169 countries representing 35 countries، with 170 Arab and foreign guests.
- Nearly 1273 publishers will participate، including 748 Egyptian publishers، and 525 agencies.
- 62 Egyptian publishing houses will participate in the Book Fair for the first time.
- 23 Arab and foreign publishing houses will participate in the book fair for the first time.
- 723 pavilions will participate in the book fair.
- 594 Number of new books offered by the General Egyptian Book Organization.
- The exhibition consists of 4 halls، each hall is 10،000 meters، there is no open exhibition، the first hall is dedicated to the books of heritage، Al-Azhar and Saudi Arabia، the second halls is for Arab publishers and foreign books، the third hall is for Egyptian publishers، and the fourth hall is the main exhibition hall and children's publishers، where it is authorized to sell.
- The halls are equipped with all the requirements of the presentation such as shelves، chairs، and tables.
- The book fair has also equipped a hall for the signing parties and seminars، as it is not allowed to hold the signing parties in the pavilions.

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.

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