IBNA- The 25th Muscat International Book Fair kicked off in Omani capital yesterday as Iran is actively participating at the event.
According to IBNA correspondent quoting from the public relations office of Iran’s Cultural Fairs Institute (ICFI), 676 publishers from 32 countries have directly participated in the fair and 270 publishers are represented by other entities and therefore, 946 stands will be active in the event.
The fair which is held in Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) was opened by Shahab bin Tariq al-Saeed, an advisor to the Sultan of Oman, Abdul Aziz al-Rawas, Cultural Advisor of Sultan of Oman and Abdul Mon’ee bin Mansour al-Hassani, Oman's Minister of Information.
Iran’s Cultural Fairs Institute has taken part with Arabian books published in Iran as well as notable books published in Persian. Moreover, 150 titles of children and young adults books which have the potential to communicate with international readers are being displayed the event.
The Muscat International Book Fair has been launched since its first stages in 1992 until today with rapid steps of development and expansion, which contributed to the activation of the cultural movement in the Sultanate, which enabled it to be part of the important cultural exhibitions and exhibitions on the map of international exhibitions and an important cultural, intellectual and literary forum.
The event has registered an upward index on several levels (number of participating countries – number of participating publishing houses -spaces– public attendance).
The idea of establishing an international book fair in the Sultanate as a cultural, intellectual and awareness project came in response to the need of the cultural knowledge arena in the Sultanate to establish a book fair as book exhibitions are one of the most important information tools to gain knowledge and highlight intellectual production.