The Riyadh International Book Fair، one of the region’s largest cultural events، will open on Wednesday with more than 900 Arab and global publishing houses taking part، Arab News reported.
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the international cultural fair. More than 30 countries will be represented at the 10-day event، Mohammed Al-Marzouqi، chairman of the book fair’s media committee، told Arab News.
The fair will honor seven leading Saudi filmmakers — Saad Khadr، Ibrahim Al-Qadi، Khalil Al-Rawaf، Saad Al-Freih، Abdullah Al-Muhaisen، Haifa Al-Mansour and Ibrahim Al-Hasawi.
The annual book fair will also celebrate the life of Ghazi Al-Gosaibi، the Saudi politician، diplomat، poet and novelist who died in 2010.
After the opening ceremony on Wednesday، the book fair will be open to visitors on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The fair، held under the patronage of King Salman at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center، will provide a cultural bridge between the Arab region and the wider world، and serve as a networking platform for publishers، writers، scholars and academic institutions.
More than 500،000 books and publications will be displayed at the fair، which attracts over a million visitors every year.
The exhibition will also include a pavilion dedicated to Saudi Vision 2030 and displays for the NEOM، Red Sea and Qiddiya megaprojects.
The book fair، which started over a decade ago، features a large number of books on Islam، Arab culture، history، medicine، law، science and technology، mass media and communication، besides biographical accounts، fiction and novels available in popular languages including Arabic، English، French، Turkish، Urdu and Spanish.