Riyadh book fair starts 10-day run

The exhibition will also include a pavilion dedicated to Saudi Vision 2030 and displays for the NEOM, Red Sea and Qiddiya mega-projects. (AN file photo)
Updated 13 March 2019

Riyadh book fair starts 10-day run

  • Bahrain guest of honor at the event
  • More than 500,000 books and publications will be displayed at the fair, which attracts over a million visitors every year

RIYADH: The Riyadh International Book Fair, one of the region’s largest cultural events, will open on Wednesday with more than 900 Arab and global publishing houses taking part.
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the international cultural fair. More than 30 countries will be represented at the 10-day event, Mohammed Al-Marzouqi, chairman of the book fair’s media committee, told Arab News.
The fair will honor seven leading Saudi filmmakers — Saad Khadr, Ibrahim Al-Qadi, Khalil Al-Rawaf, Saad Al-Freih, Abdullah Al-Muhaisen, Haifa Al-Mansour and Ibrahim Al-Hasawi.
The annual book fair will also celebrate the life of Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, the Saudi politician, diplomat, poet and novelist who died in 2010.
After the opening ceremony on Wednesday, the book fair will be open to visitors on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The fair, held under the patronage of King Salman at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, will provide a cultural bridge between the Arab region and the wider world, and serve as a networking platform for publishers, writers, scholars and academic institutions.
More than 500,000 books and publications will be displayed at the fair, which attracts over a million visitors every year.
The exhibition will also include a pavilion dedicated to Saudi Vision 2030 and displays for the NEOM, Red Sea and Qiddiya megaprojects.
The book fair, which started over a decade ago, features a large number of books on Islam, Arab culture, history, medicine, law, science and technology, mass media and communication, besides biographical accounts, fiction and novels available in popular languages including Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Urdu and Spanish.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

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TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.