Guest of Honor


We are excited to welcome Sharjah, the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, as the Guest of Honour of the 25th São Paulo International Book Fair. Sharjah, popularly known as the cultural capital of the Arab world, has a strong history of publishing, and also hosts the world’s third largest book fair, the Sharjah International Book Fair, which was started 36 years ago by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

This will be the first time a country from the Middle East will take centre stage at the São Paulo International Book Fair showcase, and brings with it the promise of a new era of Latin American and Arab cooperation in the field of publishing, literature and culture. Through its extensive programme of cultural activities, and literary workshops, intellectual discussions and insightful seminars, Sharjah, who has been recognised by the UNESCO as World Book Capital 2019, will be the vibrant bridge between the two cultures, and also offer publishing professionals from the two countries and around the world a unique opportunity to explore the emerging and fast-growing publishing trade relationship between Latin America and the Arab World.



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