Sharjah book fair unveils lineup of 1,024 publishers, 60 authors

Ahmed bin Rakkan Al-Ameri, chairman of SBA, addresses the press conference.
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Updated 20 October 2020

Sharjah book fair unveils lineup of 1,024 publishers, 60 authors

The 39th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), organized by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), will be held from Nov. 4 to 14 under the theme “The World Reads from Sharjah.”  

A comprehensive overview of what the 2020 edition of SIBF will entail was revealed at a press event on Monday, which was broadcast live on Zoom from the SBA headquarters in Sharjah. The literary and cultural program designed for the 11-day event this year is bringing together 1,024 publishers from 73 countries along with 60 Arab and international authors from 19 countries, who will participate in 64 events and activities in a hybrid online-offline format.

The press conference was attended by Ahmed bin Rakkan Al-Ameri, chairman of SBA; Abdulaziz Taryam, CEO, adviser and general manager of Etisalat — Northern Emirates; Brig. General Dr. Ahmed Saeed Al-Naour, director general of central operations, Sharjah Police; Salem Al-Ghaithi, director of Sharjah TV; and a host of officials, journalists as well as media and cultural personalities from across the world.

Visitors will be able to experience the excitement of being surrounded by more than 80,000 titles being brought to Sharjah’s Expo Center by 1,024 publishers from 73 nations. The lineup of publishers includes 578 Arab publishers and 129 international names, featuring 202 from Egypt and 186 from the UAE, 93 from Lebanon, 72 from Syria, 46 from Saudi Arabia, 39 from the UK, 29 from the US, 13 from Italy, 12 from France, and 8 from Canada.

SIBF 2020 is bringing together 60 intellectuals, artists and cultural figures from 19 countries. Luminaries from the region include Wasini Al-A’raj, Algerian writer; Egyptian author and screenwriter of fiction and nonfiction, Ahmed Mourad; Kuwaiti writer Mishel Hamad; Iraqi writer, poet academic and translator, Muhsin Al-Ramli; and Lebanese theater director, writer, producer, and educator, Lina Khoury.

International appearances at the event will be made by American poet and spoken word artist, Prince Ea; Robert Kiyosaki, American businessman and author; Lang Leav, bestselling author from New Zealand; Ian Rankin, bestselling writer from the UK; Lebanese-Canadian author Najwa Zebian; Neil Pasricha, Canadian author and television host; popular Italian children’s books author, Elisabetta Dami; Indian authors Ravinder Singh and Dr. Shashi Tharoor; and British writer Richard Ovenden, among others.

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

Updated 24 November 2020

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

As part of its partnership with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, STC Group, the digital enabler of the Kingdom’s agenda for the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020, provided its 5G services to the media center responsible for covering the summit activities. In addition, the Saudi telecom operator supported all sites dedicated for hosting the summit’s virtual meetings, with technologies that enabled digital services throughout all the G20 Summit meetings held under the presidency of the Kingdom.

At the International Media Center, STC set up the “This is Saudi Arabia” platform. Among its aims was the rediscovery of Saudi Arabia through a new perspective, highlighting tourist sites and national heritage in a technologically innovative manner and providing media professionals covering the summit with information on the Kingdom’s touristic offerings.

Majid Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment and acting minister of media, visited STC’s pavilion at the International Media Center, where he was briefed on the telecom giant’s role in supporting the facility and providing technical services to participating media professionals.

Dr. Fahd Al-Tunsi, secretary-general of the G20 Saudi Secretariat, said that he valued the significant role and efforts exerted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its partner — the STC Group — during the Kingdom’s G20 presidency year, adding that such efforts have led to positive results for all stakeholders.  

The company provided more than 11 high-speed sites, covering all areas with wireless networks to serve the digital requirements of the virtual meetings and conferences. In addition, STC provided its logistic and technical services required to ensure the success of this event.   

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said: “As a digital enabler, we take pride in our cooperation with the G20 Saudi presidency at this important time for the Kingdom, and we look forward to providing all services to enable realizing the objectives of this cooperation during the Saudi G20 presidency year.”

He added that the success of the virtual summit in the Kingdom is “an incentive for us in the telecommunications and information technology sector to move forward in the digital transformation journey of the Kingdom.”

“We are proud of the achievements of our country, and we are keen to implement our strategy in supporting investment infrastructure, as well as offering all smart solutions and all capabilities to keep pace with the national requirements and new global developments,” Al-Nasser added.