Riyadh book fair ‘a bridge to promote Arab culture,’ minister says

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Visitors are seen during the inauguration of the Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad inaugurating the Riyadh International Book Fair in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Visitors are seen during the inauguration of the Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Updated 15 March 2018

Riyadh book fair ‘a bridge to promote Arab culture,’ minister says

RIYADH: Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad inaugurated the Riyadh International Book Fair at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC) on Wednesday.

The most-awaited literary carnival in the capital aims to facilitate quality exchanges between authors, publishers and readers.

With the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the “Guest of Honor” country this year, the opening ceremony was attended by Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura bint Mohammed Al-Kaabi, who is leading a high-ranking delegation from the UAE.

Speaking at the opening session, Al-Awwad highlighted the importance of the annual book fair as a bridge to promote Arab culture.

He also spoke on the very cordial Saudi-UAE relationship. “Choosing the UAE as the guest of honor country reflects the deep-rooted connections between the two countries in the political, economic and cultural fields,” he said.

Al-Kaabi echoed the sentiment: “The UAE has deep-rooted ties with Saudi Arabia which were established by leadership over the years, this bond has been strengthened over time by joint synergy and cooperation across a number of areas.”

“The relationship we enjoy today has demonstrated positive results in the ongoing development of the political, economic and social levels for both countries,” she said.

“With the UAE being the guest of honor, we look to share the best of what the UAE has to offer from an artistic and literary point of view,” she added.

“Book fairs are platforms in which countries showcase their cultural standing, important contributions in the arts, literature and science fields, as well as promoting dialogue and exchange among participants,” she said. “The UAE is looking forward to highlighting its rich cultural offering through the participation of more than 20 publishing houses and cultural institutions.

The two ministers also presented prizes to winners in different categories for their books. The 10-day event is being held under the patronage of King Salman with the theme “The book is the future of transformation.”

The event will see the participation of a number of dignitaries representing more than 20 UAE cultural institutions including the National Archives, the Emirates Writers Union, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority, the Emirates Publishers Association, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, UAE Board on Books for Young People, the Abu Dhabi Poetry Academy, the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation.

The UAE pavilion will host a number of poetry nights, cultural seminars, events and children’s programs including a mural that will bring together artists from both countries.

The pavilion will also be hosting the “Youth Circle” — a youth seminar organized by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in cooperation with the MiSK foundation and the Arab Youth Center.

This year 520 publishing houses are participating from 27 countries, in addition to a number of government agencies and private institutions.

The fair, organized annually by the Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI), has become a gathering point for readers, authors, and local and regional publishing houses. This was evident from the huge turnout of visitors and participants on the opening day.

It offers books from different genres for readers of all ages, and has a diverse program of activities, including for children and youths.

The fair, which started more than a decade ago, displays a large collection of books on Islam, Arab culture, history, medicine, law, science, technology, mass media and communication, as well as biographical accounts, fiction and novels in popular languages including Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Urdu and Spanish.


Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

The pavilion features a series of documentaries on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

  • Saudi Arabia’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), is taking part in the 6th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Arab States in Kuwait.
The exhibition, held under the supervision of the secretary-general of the GCC, in partnership with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, opened last Wednesday at the National Museum of Kuwait and will run until Feb. 15.
The Kingdom’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.
The pavilion also features a series of documentaries on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, a number of publications by the antiquities and museums sector on different areas of cultural heritage, as well as a collection of photographs and historical information on Saudi Arabia’s cultural depth.