Sharjah Book Authority Celebrates UAE’s Literary Bonds with KuwaitNovember 30, 2016

The literary and cultural bonds between the UAE and Kuwait were celebrated at the 41st edition of the Kuwait International Book Fair (KIBF), with Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)’s participation at the event highlighting the two GCC states’ strong ties. A total of 565 publishing houses from 30 countries took part at this year’s edition of the fair, which took place at Kuwait International Fairground and hosted a number of prominent authors, intellectuals and literary figures from across the world.

During his visit to the SBA pavilion at KIBF 2016, HE Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al Sabah, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs in Kuwait, was gifted a copy of ‘Power Struggles and Trade in the Gulf (1620–1820) book,’ by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The book was presented to His Excellency by Fadel Hussein, Deputy Director of the Libraries in the Eastern Region at SBA.

HE Sheikh Salman praised the efforts of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah in supporting cultural understanding, education and learning for all UAE citizens and paid tribute to his commitment to documenting key historical eras of the Gulf region, which preserves its rich traditions and cultural heritage.

For his part, Fadel Hussein underlined the strong brotherly ties between the UAE and Kuwait, reiterating Kuwait’s on-going support for knowledge acquisition. Highlighting SBA’s annual attendance at the event, he said: “Our participation at KIBF each year reflects our keenness to promote the Emirate of Sharjah in regional and international cultural events. It affirms the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, which seeks to build a knowledge-based society through books. We are delighted to meet enthusiasts of the written word at KIBF because it is the ideal platform to meet an array of publishing houses, cultural experts and other guests from the Gulf region and beyond.”

During the fair SBA promoted the spectrum of initiatives and programmes it organises each year, most notably, Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah Children's Reading Festival, the Publishers Professional Programme, the ALA Library Conference, the Translation Grant and its award schemes for publishers, authors and illustrators. Fadel Hussein also met representatives of publishing houses participating at the fair and explored joint collaboration opportunities with them.

Established in 2014, SBA is dedicated to encouraging investment in the creative industries and offering a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people from across countries and cultures. The authority is entrusted with emphasising the significant role that writers play in influencing cultural development and in safeguarding heritage. SBA aims to attract relevant bodies and figures operating in the cultural sector in general and the publishing, printing and translation of books in particular, placing a special focus on literature for children.