The world’s largest ebook honest, the fortieth Sharjah Worldwide Guide Honest (SIBF) which ended Saturday, attracted 1,692,463 guests from 109 international locations, regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 11-day honest, organised by the Sharjah Guide Authority (SBA) on the Sharjah Expo Centre, introduced collectively 1,632 publishers and literary brokers from 83 international locations trying to community and do enterprise with one another.
Statistics launched by SBA reveal that females accounted for 51.9% of SIBF guests whereas males 48.1%, and as for age teams, 1.3% of holiday makers have been below 15 years, 52.2% between 16 and 30, these between 31 to 45 constituted 35.5%, whereas 11.1% have been 46 years and older.
An fascinating discovering made by the ebook honest this 12 months was that round 20,000 amongst the greater than 1.6 million guests to SIBF 2021 walked into the honest greater than as soon as and 1000’s had visited it three to seven occasions.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) secured the highest spot for guests, adopted by India, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Philippines, Morocco, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Algeria, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, america, Canada and different international locations.
“The conclusion of the ebook honest marks not the top however the starting of a brand new journey of cultural excellence for the UAE and the Arab area, one through which the distinct voices of writers and intellectuals are heard and start to resonate with the entire world,” stated SBA chairman Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri.
“We look ahead to seeing increasingly more inventive minds contributing to humanity by reaching shared developmental objectives by way of cultural appreciation and alternate,” he added.
The SBA chairman additionally said that the sturdy participation by publishing professionals in addition to the customer turnout have been each an affirmation of the willingness of each present and future generations to embrace books and data.
He stated it additionally demonstrated Sharjah’s regional and international attraction as a platform the place the very best in literature, creativity, arts and tradition intersect.
“The sturdy foundations of studying laid down by books will stand agency within the face of any adversities; and enlightened minds can construct on it to drive prosperity for all,” he stated. – Bernama