Over 500,000 titles to be displayed at book fair
More than 500,000 titles from different countries and genres will be on display at the 24th Muscat International Book Fair which will be held from February 20 to March 2.
Addressing the press on Wednesday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, H E Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information and chairman of the organising committee of the book fair said, “There will be more than 523,000 titles, 35 per cent of which are new versions. The 24th Muscat International Book Fair will be held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre under the patronage of H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, and Al Buraimi governorate is the guest of honour.”
Elaborating on the participations, H E Dr Hasani said 882 publishing houses are participating of which 629 are direct participants and 253 indirectly through agencies from 30 countries.
The highest number of participation is from Egypt (154) followed by Oman (122), Lebanon (81), Syria (74), Jordan (49), the UAE (42), Kuwait (32), Saudi Arabia (19), the UK (6), Iraq and Qatar (5 each), Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey and Bulgaria (4 each), Bahrain, Iran and Morocco (3 each), Palestine, China and Canada (2 each) and Italy, Libya, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Brunei, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (1 each).
The fair will be open from 10am to 10pm from February 21 to March 2, except Frida (4pm to 10pm). Male students can visit the fair on February 21, 25 and 27 between 10am and 2pm while female students can visit the book fair on February 24, 26 and 28 between 10am and 2pm.