Muscat International Book Fair opens

February 23, 2017

The 22nd edition of the Muscat International Book Fair opened at the new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday under the auspices of H E Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information.

More than 700 publishing houses from 28 countries are attending the 11-day event, which will end on March 4. The fair has a number of stalls selling books on diverse subjects.

Speaking about the books, Rashid Suleiman from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture said, “We have been taking part in the event for the last few years and we are happy with the response, especially from young people.

“We publish books on history and culture of various wilayats of the sultanate. This year the books are on the dhows of Nizwa and Barka. Books are an integral part of our history and such books will help young people and tourists learn more about our country.”

Wassim Zain from Lebanon said, “We deal with books on judiciary, international laws and regulations and the United Nations. There are books on various laws and regulations in the Arab countries and the Sharia’a law.”

Ahmed Saad, also from Lebanon added, “We deal with children’s books. Children are attracted to bright colours and cartoon characters. We always make it a point to put emphasis on moral and religious lessons through books.”

He added that the habit of reading books depends totally on motivation of parents. “It is the parents who can motivate the young to read more.”

Of the participating publishing houses, 590 are taking part directly and 160 through agencies.

The fair is open on all days from 10am to 10pm except on Fridays which will be from 4pm to 10pm.