CHARJAH: Sharjah and Egypt are exploring future prospects for cultural collaboration, including launching creative initiatives, in addition to strengthening partnerships and enhancing the role of libraries in their respective communities.
At the current world’s largest book fair, the 40th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) held at the Sharjah Expo Center, the Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) Ahmed bin Rakad Al Ameri and Egyptian Minister of Culture, Dr Ines Abdel Daim, on Saturday explored avenues of cultural collaboration.
The two officials also discussed the attractive incentives and integrated services offered by the Sharjah Publishing City Free Zone (SPC Free Zone) which will support Egyptian publishers.
Al Ameri said that Egypt enjoys a strong cultural reputation in the Arab world due to its invaluable historical and contemporary contributions.
“The strengthening of the ties between the SBA and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture stems from the vision of the member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council of Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, to improve the cooperation of the emirate with cultural entities in Egypt to strengthen the presence of cultural Arabs on a global scale.
“Sharjah has a long-standing cultural relationship with Cairo. New partnerships between the two parties on innovative cultural projects and initiatives will have a considerable impact on the Arab publishing sector and will meet the aspirations of actors in the creative and knowledge sectors in the region, ”he said. declared.
Sharjah is one of the seven emirates that make up the federation of the United Arab Emirates. The others are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain.
Meanwhile, Abdel Daim praised Sharjah’s efforts to advance the cultural presence of the entire Arab world and praised the SBA for taking another major milestone as the world’s largest book fair.
She also pointed out that the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and the SBA share common values and goals that can be harnessed and consolidated through cultural partnerships and that such partnerships would have a significant impact on the UAE and Egyptian cultural scene.
The 40th edition of SIBF, organized by the SBA at Expo Center Sharjah, is currently running until November 13 and features more than 15 million books from different countries.-Bernama