This is the first time in the history of the book fair that a Guest of Honour has been selected
Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, said: “This is a great honour and a valuable addition to the recent cultural achievements attained by Sharjah. Celebrating Sharjah on the MIBF platform reflects the long-term vision and keenness of both the UAE and Russia to establish bridges of communication with other world cultures. We believe culture binds nations and people together, and promotes tolerance and understanding.
“Russia is treasured worldwide for its important history and strong cultural output. Some of the world’s best poets, authors, historians, musicians, continue to be born here. It is also a country home to thousands of publishing houses. We are excited to establish a special presence at the 32nd MIBF in a few months from now, and look forward to using this opportunity to understanding a vibrant culture a bit better, and also sharing our own.”
Vladimir V Grigoriev of the Moscow International Book Fair added: “We are proud to host Sharjah, as a special guest of honour at MIBF this year, which is the same year that the world is celebrating the emirate as the Unesco World Book Capital. Sharjah will be our window, not only to Emirati, but Arab culture. The book fair will be a great platform for promoting cultural exchange and co-operation between our two countries.
“There are half a billion people native Arabic speakers in the world, and we are very interested in the language and the culture that birthed it. Today, Muslims account for 20 per cent of the Russian community, where 50 cultures live underneath the diverse Russian culture.”
The Moscow International Book Fair runs from September 4-8.