Saudi Arabia displays 2,400 books at Sharjah Book Fair pavilion

Some 1,691 publishers from 60 countries are taking part in the show, offering more than 1.5 million titles.
Updated 04 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia displays 2,400 books at Sharjah Book Fair pavilion

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is participating in the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), which opened on Wednesday.
The 11-day show was inaugurated by Sharjah ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, who honored former Egyptian Minister of Culture Mohammed Saber Arab as the fair’s “Cultural Personality of the Year” in recognition of his distinguished academic career.
Some 1,691 publishers from 60 countries are taking part in the show, offering more than 1.5 million titles. The Kingdom’s stall is displaying 2,400 books — including 290 new titles — related to literature, science and culture.
Sheikh Sultan himself released four new books at the SIBF: A collection of poetic discussions with one of his friends; volume two of a historical account of Sharjah; a collection of Spanish historical documents; and a discourse on a 16th-century Portuguese explorer.
Mohammed bin Hassan Al-Masoudi, director of cultural affairs at the Saudi Embassy in the UAE, stressed how eager the Kingdom always is to participate in the most important cultural events in the UAE.
He added that the Saudi pavilion includes a cultural salon for up to 60 guests, which will host 25 events during the fair, featuring Saudi, Emirati and Arab writers and intellectuals.
This year’s SIBF will host prominent figures including Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud, Algerian novelist Wassini Al-Aarj, Saudi writer Abdo Al-Khal, Kuwaiti novelist Saud Al-Sanousi and Iraqi novelist Sinan Antoon.
The UK is the guest of honor, as part of the UAE-British Cultural Year celebrations organized by the British Council to promote cultural exchange between the two countries.


Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

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Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

  • UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued statements commending Saudi Arabia's royal decrees
  • Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the king’s decisions “achieve justice and equality”

JEDDAH: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

UAE

The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statements, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.

Egypt

Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the king.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 

Bahrain

Bahrain praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

“Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said.

Palestine

Palestine commended King Salman's decisions to affirm justice and fairness.

Yemen

Yemen on Saturday praised decisions made by King Salman in relation to Khashoggi's death , according to the legitimate government’s state news agency.

Djibouti

Djibouti praised King Salman's decisions and said they are proof that Saudi Arabia is a nation of values, principles, and justice.

Arab and Muslim Organizations

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday praised the Kingdom's transparency and its emphasis on the implementation of justice.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.