Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) will be hosting the first Emirati Book Fair, May 26–28. The cultural
event has been conceptualised in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin
Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to annually mark May 26 as
Emirati Writer’s Day.
The three-day event will also be part of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019 celebrations. It will be held
at the SBA headquarters, and see participation of 22 Emirati publishing houses and several
renowned Emirati authors and intellectuals. It will be open to the public from 9:30pm-12:30am.
Through organising this annual fair, SBA seeks to boost and promote local content including books,
novels, historical titles, and other publications. Thousands of books written by Emirati authors will be
on display at the event. The fair will host Emirates Publishers Association’s initiative; Manassah
platform, which will showcase more than 1,000 titles by 13 publishers. The event will bring together
visitors in seminars and discussion panels that will host many creative and talented Emirati authors.
HE Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said the authority is always looking for ways to
celebrate Emirati writers by offering them prominence on important cultural platforms. He noted that
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Qasimi’s decision to mark May 26 annually as
Emirati Writer’s Day, is to highlight the pivotal role writers play in a nation’s developmental journey,
and to bring community together in a celebration of local literature.
“The exhibition is a great opportunity for Emirati writers to share their work and experiences with
publishers and the general public. It will be a vibrant three-day platform to reflect on and celebrate
our literary talents; our history, culture and heritage. It will also offer key networking opportunities to
both authors and publishers, and offer them a chance to share expertise and benefit from each
other’s experiences,” said the Chairman.
For her part, Khoula Al Mujaini, Director of Fairs and Festivals at SBA, said: “We are dedicated to
supporting Emirati authors, and offering them with a platform to showcase their work and creativity,
is a mainstay of our efforts. This exhibition furthers our strategy to nurture Emirati writers and
intellectuals, and highlight their achievements to Sharjah’s and the UAE’s book lovers.”
“The exhibition will showcase different creative genres by Emirati writers and intellectuals. It is a
promising event to learn about novels, poetry, and prose, shinning a spotlight on the authentic
culture of the UAE, and introduces visitors to the creative Emiratis behind these works that are being
celebrated on the occasion of Emirati Writer’s Day,” she added.
Founded in December 2014, the Sharjah Book Authority is dedicated to encouraging and expanding
investment in creative industries. It offers a platform for knowledge and intellectual and cultural
exchange between people from different civilisations and cultures.
The SBA seeks to highlight the significant role of books and their impact on promoting community
awareness in view of technological advances and diversity of knowledge sources. It also aims to
attract relevant bodies and figures operating in the cultural sector in general, and the publishing,
printing, translation, documentation and children’s books in particular.