Sharjah International Book Fair’s Professional Programme attracts over 350 publishers and literary experts

SHARJAH, 27th October, 2016 (WAM) — The Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, has announced the completion of its preparations for the sixth edition of the Professional Programme, to be held as part of the Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF. Taking place at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 30th October to 1st November, this is a key event in the international publishing calendar and has confirmed participation of more than 350 publishers and rights professionals from around the world.

The three-day training programme, which aims to develop and polish the skills of Emirati and Arab publishers, will feature important seminars, panel discussions and one-to-one matchmaking sessions based on the crucial themes of purchasing and selling translation rights in the international publishing market.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, said, “Every year, the Professional Programme is one of the key highlights of SIBF, and we are eager to sign off on its preparations prior to the fair. Our groundwork for the sixth edition is already complete, and has been built to focus on crucial topics facing the world of publishing today, with a special focus on translation rights. In line with the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the event will promote dialogue among civilisations and enriching the publishing industry, and will ultimately culminate in the signing of several agreements between the programme’s participants.”

Salim Omar Salim, Director of Sales and Marketing at SBA, said, “We are pleased with SIBF Professional Programme’s excellent outcomes in its past five editions. The programme’s impact is reflected in the turnout of publishers and copyrights and translations experts, which has grown exponentially each year. This year, we are welcoming more than 350 international publishers who will inform and educate Arab and Emirati publishers about the recent trends and fast development that the publishing industry is witnessing globally.”