TURIN, 15th May, 2018 (WAM) — In line with Sharjah’s efforts to disseminate its cultural message internationally, the Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, concluded its participation at the Turin International Book Fair in Italy.
By engaging in dialogue with Italian and international authors and illustrators, publishing professionals and representatives of cultural institutions, the SBA explored ways in which it can open new pathways for cultural exchange and cooperation with the rest of the world.
The SBA delegation, headed by its Chairman, Ahmed Al Ameri, held a meeting with Mario Montalcini, Deputy Director of the Turin Book Fair at the SBA’s pavilion, where they discussed cultural and literary collaborations with a specific focus on Sharjah and Turin book fairs.
The delegation introduced 35 Italian and international publishers to Sharjah Publishing City, the first publishing and printing free zone in the Arab World, which upon undergoing the first phase of development will be equipped with 550 office spaces, state-of-the-art technology, in-house printing facilities, editorial services, and more that can be availed by both governments and private businesses.
During his visit to the SBA’s pavilion, Abdullah Hassan Al Shamsi, UAE Consul-General in Milan, commended Sharjah’s efforts in establishing itself as a regional pioneer of culture and knowledge globally, inspired by the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
The Consul-General highlighted the vital role of the SBA in bolstering these efforts by increasing the prominence of the UAE’s and Sharjah’s cultural project through their participation on important regional and international literary platforms such as book fairs.
Al Ameri said, “Our participation at one of Europe’s most significant cultural events is a reflection of the vision of Sheikh Sultan, who has made steadfast efforts to open up Sharjah to the world’s cultural experiences and encouraged us to transfer the emirate’s cultural message globally by strengthening cooperation in the fields of knowledge, science and literature, based on his belief that intercultural understanding and appreciation of diversity are pillars of global peace and prosperity.
“In this visit, we have had the opportunity to take a close look at the processes and mechanisms of action followed by major cultural and literary institutions in Italy. In exchange, we have introduced our Italian and European counterparts to some of the most advanced and lucrative opportunities in publishing in the Middle East and GCC regions, which are offered in our emirate of Sharjah.”
The SBA also organised a discussion session on travel literature with a focus on the life and explorations of the famous Arab explorer, Ibn Battuta. The two speakers at the session were Italian professor Claudia Tresso and Dr. Hamad bin Sarai, a professor of old history at the United Arab Emirates University.