A delegation from the Ministry of Culture and Youth visited the Riyadh International Book Fair 2021, which is being held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, which was held on the 1st of this month, and will continue until the 10th of the same month, at the “Riyadh Front”, where he participated The delegation at the opening of the International Publishers Conference and the dialogue session presented by the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property.
The delegation headed by Mubarak Al-Nakhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, and Ali Al-Shaali, Assistant Undersecretary for the Heritage and Arts Sector, who was received by Dr. International Book International in supporting the knowledge and cultural renaissance to advance the book and expand its scope, leading to the knowledge society.
The delegation of the ministry met with Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association, founder and president of the Emirates Publishers Association, and Bashar Shabaro, Secretary-General of the Arab Publishers Association, to enhance cooperation to advance the publishing sector and transform challenges into development opportunities, especially in light of the circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. on the sector.
The delegation also visited the Emirati platforms participating in the exhibition, including the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language, the Kalima Project, the “Platform” initiative of the Emirates Publishers Association, and some pavilions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, such as the Audio-Visual Media Authority, the Literary Club in Riyadh, the “Hawy” initiative and the thesaurus of manuscripts.
destination and incubator
On this occasion, Mubarak Al-Nakhi said: “The Riyadh International Book Fair is a renewed cultural event that emphasizes the importance of the book as a main tool in spreading culture and knowledge and enriching intellectual and knowledge content. The position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a destination and incubator of Arab culture, and a global cultural center that brings together writers and intellectuals from all over the world.”
Al-Nakhi added, “The great efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the organizers of this exhibition translate the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, towards supporting the dissemination of knowledge and launching initiatives that support the book industry, which is one of the tributaries of the civilizational and cultural renaissance, and a main engine for advancement. peoples and societies culturally, cognitively and creatively.”
It is worth noting that the Riyadh International Book Fair is held annually in Riyadh; To bring together the most important publishing houses and readers from different countries of the world. It is launched this year under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and the Literature, Publishing and Translation Authority, out of its efforts to enhance the role and position of the Riyadh International Book Fair on the map of book fairs globally. Knowledge, cultural and literary, and providing inspiring experiences by stimulating the cultural participation of the Kingdom, and stimulating commercial cooperation; The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is becoming a global gateway to the publishing sector.