Sharjah International Book Fair delegation visits Saudi universities
Sharjah: 22 September 2012
By: Zulfiqar Shah
In keeping with its eagerness to preserve Arabic culture and identity and highlight Sharjah as an education hub and a cultural destination, a delegation from the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) visited various universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The visit aimed to invite Saudi universities, libraries, and cultural institutions to attend the upcoming edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, scheduled to be held from November 7-17, which would enrich and supply the libraries of Saudi Arabia’s universities with the latest titles offered by the publishing houses participating in the book fair.
The SIBF delegation included Salim Omar Salim, SIBF Head of Sales and Marketing, and Fadil Hussein, Vice Coordinator-General of the Sharjah International Book Fair. The visit included a number of Saudi universities where the delegation contacted various academic cadres and faculties at these universities in order to familiarise them with the SIBF’s cultural and academic capabilities and inform them of the titles and literary releases that would be available on the shelves of the Sharjah Book Fair.
The delegation visited the King Saud University, Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University, Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University, Taibah University and the Islamic University of Madinah, King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and Umm Al Qura University in Makkah, in addition to the King Fahad National Library and King Abdul Aziz Public Library.
On the sidelines of the visits, the delegation also invited various Saudi universities and libraries to participate in the upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair, which is held under the generous patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Saudi universities, represented by its heads and academic and administrative staff, thanked His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan and the SIBF administration, for the efforts they expended to visit Saudi universities and libraries.
Speaking about the visit, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair, said, “In keeping with the vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to extend bridges of cultural and intellectual communication, exchange knowledge with other countries, and highlight or Arab identity, we will always work to underscore our cultural heritage and promote intellectual and cultural knowledge.”
The SIBF Director added, “I would like to take this occasion to express our profound thanks to our embassy in Saudi Arabia and its cultural attaché for helping us to so easily reach out to all Saudi universities, and especially for their efforts in arranging the visit schedules, which helped make these visits such a success.
At the end of the visit, Fadil Hussein, SIBF Vice Coordinator-General, expressed his optimism over the level of progress and advancement the Arab universities have reached, thus heralding a promising future. He thanked officials in charge of Saudi institutions and wished them further progress and prosperity. SIBF was established in 1982 under an Emiri Decree issued by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and has grown to become one of the biggest book fairs in the Middle East.
The 10-day annual event is a direct result of Sharjah’s dedication and commitment to developing and maintaining a culture of reading within the Emirate and the UAE, as is clearly encapsulated in the SIBF motto – For the Love of the Written Word.