Jeddah international book fair to feature 350,000 titles

A 30,000-square-meter site at Events Land in South Obhur will host the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair. (Photo/Supplied)
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Updated 13 December 2019

Jeddah international book fair to feature 350,000 titles

  • More than 400 publishing houses from 40 states will participate
  • It is the largest specialized exhibitions of its kind in the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors and publishing houses from around the world are expected to descend on a Saudi city for a major book fair.

The fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair was launched on Wednesday under the patronage of Makkah’s governor and adviser to King Salman, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, and the support of Jeddah’s governor and the event’s higher committee chairman, Prince Mishaal bin Majed.

More than 400 publishing houses from 40 states will participate in the exhibition being staged on a 30,000-square-meter site at Events Land in South Obhur, which overlooks Jeddah’s Corniche.

The fair will feature 350,000 books catering for all reader tastes, and more than 200 authors will be present to sign their books.

Prince Mishaal said the fair was one of the largest specialized exhibitions of its kind in the Kingdom offering a varied cultural program through more than 50 events.

A pavilion will be specially allocated to Saudi authors, who have not been able to find a publishing house, to give them a platform from which to promote their books, as part of an initiative organized by the Ministry of Culture.


Saudi Arabia confirms no change in Israel travel rules

Updated 27 January 2020

Saudi Arabia confirms no change in Israel travel rules

  • Foreign minister says Israeli passport holders are still unable to visit the the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Israeli citizens are still unable to visit the Kingdom.

Foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the policy has not changed despite Israel saying on Sunday that its passport holders could now travel to the country for religious and business visits.

“Our policy is fixed,” Prince Faisal told CNN. “We do not have relations with the state of Israel and Israeli passport holders cannot visit the Kingdom at the current time.”

His comments come as Donald Trump prepares to unveil his Middle East peace plan on Tuesday. An agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would be key to improving relations with Arab countries, most of which have no diplomatic ties with Israel.

“When a peace agreement is reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis, I believe the issue of Israel’s involvement in the region will be on the table,” Prince Faisal added.

Israel’s interior minister said on Sunday that Israelis - if invited and permitted by Saudi authorities - would be allowed to travel there for religious reasons on pilgrimage or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings.

Israelis, mostly Muslims going on pilgrimage, do visit the Kingdom, but usually with special permission or using foreign passports.

Saudi Arabia, along with most Arab countries have no official diplomatic relations with Israel, and citizens of those countries are not able to travel to Israel nor Israelis to those countries.

However, relations between Israel and Gulf states have improved in recent years, particularly over a shared stand against Iran and its aggressive policies in the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that he welcomed Israel’s warming ties to Arab countries in the region.

In 2018, Netanyahu visited Oman and met the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

*With Reuters