UNESCO Names the UAE’s Sharjah World Book Capital 2019


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UNESCO Names the UAE’s Sharjah World Book Capital 2019

Sharjah has been named World Book Capital for the year 2019 in an announcement in Paris at June 26th  by the director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. Sharjah, the first Arabian Gulf city to be given the UNESCO honor, is the third largest of the United Arab Emirates, and is now leasing space to clients in its Sharjah Publishing City project, the first free trade zone for publishing interests. The project is being developed by Sharjah Book Authority under the chairmanship of Ahmed Al Ameri with Project Slogan: ‘Read—You Are in Sharjah’ Sharjah follows Athens 2018 as “World Book Capital.”
This is another recognition of the longtime efforts by Sharjah’s ruler, the Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, and his daughter, the Sheikha Bodour bin Sultan Al Qasimi, to develop Sharjah as the Arab world’s cultural center.
Source: Publishing Perspectives

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