UNESCO at the Sharjah International Book Fair

© Permanent Delegation of United Arab Emirates
Central Library of Sharjah

UNESCO will be Guest of honour in the 35th Edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, which will be held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from 2 to 12 November 2016.

On this occasion, UNESCO will present its programmes and publications to hundreds of thousands of visitors at a strategically located stand.

As Guest of honour, UNESCO will organize four panel discussions with the participation of distinguished international experts among which Ms Nahid Afrose Kabir (Australia), Ms Marcia Hermansen (United States of America), Mr Abdel Rahim Ali (Sudan), Mr Mamadou Diouf (Senegal), Mr Khal Torabully (Mauritius), Ms Shirin Akiner (United Kingdom) and Mr Salah Trabelsi (Tunisia).

These panels will deal with:
1) the UNESCO collection on "The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture" which has been completed in August 2016 with the publication of Volume I, "The Foundations of Islam" and volume VI, "Islam in the World Today";
2) the importance of African history for both global and Middle-Eastern histories;
3) the common heritage emerged from the silk and spices roads;
4) the shared memories and cultural interactions occurred along the Slave Route.

This will also be the occasion for the members of the International Jury of the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to visit Sharjah City from 6 to 10 November in order to meet with local authorities and scholars. They will discuss the possibilities of promoting this Prize which rewards each year two laureates for their outstanding contributions to the Arab culture.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 02.11.2016 07:00 local time
End 12.11.2016 18:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Moussa Iye, Ali
Organizer Sharjah International Book Fair
Contact Shama Chokkam Sunderaj, s.chokkam-sunderraj@unesco.org
Country United Arab Emirates
City Sharjah City
Venue Expo Center Sharjah
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of the United Arab Emirates to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Arabic
Estimated number of participants 1200
Official Website Sharjah International Book Fair
Link 1 General and Regional Histories
Link 2 Silk Road Project
Link 3 The Slave Route
Link 4 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture