Emirates News Agency – Sharjah concludes its participation in the ‘Guadalajara’ International Book Fair.

Guadalajara December 8 / WAM / For nine consecutive days, the Emirate of Sharjah has transformed the Guadalajara International Book Fair into a global celebration of Emirati and Arab culture. The UAE flag has been hoisted along the exhibition pavilions and the names and images of Emirati and Arab writers, creators and artists appeared on the largest billboards. , to open up to visitors a world of Arabic literature, the aesthetics of calligraphy, music and heritage.

The emirate pavilion was packed with visitors to Sharjah’s cultural program and its activities and events as the number of visitors to the pavilion surpassed 500,000 out of 850,000 who visited the exhibition during the days it was held. up to trying on traditional Emirati clothes and learning about the rituals of embroidery, weaving, henna arts and incense making.

The Arabic versions translated into Spanish, presented by the Sharjah Book Authority to a group of Emirati and Arab writers and writers, saw a large turnout from the Mexican and Spanish-speaking public, who acquired 4,500 books, of which the best-selling is been my book, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah Translated into Spanish for Al-Qasimi Publications, The Inquisition Courts… An Investigation of Twenty-three Case Files against Muslims in Andalusia, and I condemn.

Sharjah managed to introduce the current Emirati and Arab film industry to the Mexican audience, showing “Khorfakkan” with Spanish subtitles in two of the largest cinemas in the city of Guadalajara, the aesthetics of its direction and the performance of its heroes from the stars Arab and Emirati.

An audience of both adults and children were captivated by the Sharjah pavilion, which resembled a row of huge books decorated in the colors of the UAE flag. Their visit to the emirate pavilion was a journey into the cultural project led by the ‘Emirate of Sharjah under the directives and visions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, where he represented His Highness’s message and vision in the exhibition included 23 cultural institutions, del heritage and academics, with the participation of more than 200 people, each of whom presented their most important publications and initiatives in the field of literature, translation, art, libraries and heritage protection, under the supervision of the Sharjah Book Authority.

After Sharjah’s participation in the exhibition, Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of Government Relations Department in Sharjah, said, During the activities celebrating the Emirate of Sharjah, guest of honor of the 36th Mexico International Book Fair, we sensed the thirst of Mexicans and their great desire to learn about Arab culture and build bridges. Communicate with them, and this is what makes us institutions and individuals responsible to follow in the footsteps of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in the efforts he leads, and to complete the opportunities he opens before the Arab world to present the noble and authentic values ​​of our identity and civilization in the world.

Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi, head of the participating Sharjah delegation, explained that nations and civilizations do not appreciate and celebrate their counterparts, except by knowing the bright aspects of their history and present, and “what the UAE United States and the Sharjah civilization project today represent a model that we are proud to build and that through it we add new achievements in the name of Arab culture to the march of human achievements”.

Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi stressed that the strength of relations between countries is being tested by the challenges the world is going through, and this has been demonstrated by two years of the Corona pandemic and that the UAE’s deepening report and of the Emirate of Sharjah with the towns and cities of the world means greater capacity and broader options to achieve the aspirations set by the state in its development project. Al-Shamel, emphasizing that what the Emirate of Sharjah collects culturally in terms of expanding information bases, facilitating access to sources of knowledge, and investing in the academic sector, has direct repercussions on all vital sectors of the Emirates, and its fruits are not reaped in a year or two, but its size and its impact are manifested in the sustainability of communication, dialogue and rapprochement over the years.

In turn, His Excellency Ahmed bin Rakad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, said: During the nine days that Sharjah was the guest of honor at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, we experienced on the ground the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, who believed that literature, art and knowledge is a large space where the peoples and civilizations of the world can meet and find out how close and similar they are. there are continents and oceans between us and Mexico, we have experienced first-hand what we share in terms of values, history and memory, and above all language. During the conversation with the public at the exhibition, we felt the vocabulary of our language passing through interior of Spanish speech. .

He added: “We wanted, through the presence of Sharjah in the exhibition, to open a window on Mexico to get to know and experience the Emirati and Arab culture up close. The most important initiatives and projects that Sharjah is carrying out, as an opportunity for Mexican institutions to expand the horizon of cooperation and joint work with their Emirati counterparts, and today we are proud of what has been accomplished for Emirati culture at one of the world’s leading book fairs. Mexico received a great welcome and every event and activity was an effective embodiment of the meaning, value and impact of the dialogue.Congratulations to His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah on this global celebration of Sharjah’s great civilizational project, and congratulations to the Emirates United Arab for this global presence and Latin celebration of its history and gift.

Khawla Al-Mujaini, General Coordinator of the Sharjah International Book Fair, delivered a speech at the closing ceremony of the exhibition, in which she said, “During our daily observations of the exhibition, we felt the strength of the ties that unite our city ​​Through the exchange of experience and expertise, creative insights into the publishing industry, our belief in the power of the book, and our passion for the written word.

He added, “It has been a great honor for us to introduce a panel of our literary and cultural personalities, including thought leaders, publishing industry workers and artists, to the cultural audience of Guadalajara. The Sharjah Program brought together 24 Emirati and Arab writers and creators, who attended 25 sessions.

At the end of the ceremony, Sharjah was awarded the title of Guest of Honor of the European Union (Guest of Honor of the Guadalajara Exhibition 2023), where Khawla Al-Mujaini presented a gift to the representative of the Union, representing a coffee traditional porcelain and silver pot and cups, sourced from “Hind Designs” by Sheikha Hind Al Qasimi.

In addition to the cultural program, the authority organized 15 heritage performances in the pavilion and 5 performances on the stage of the main exhibition, as well as organizing a series of tours for Emirati writers and creators in Mexican schools and a series of exhibitions in the city of Guadalajara .

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