SBA said five information desks will be set up across the fair’s six halls to facilitate visitors’ access to books and publishers. The 2020 edition of SIBF will be convening publishers from around the world, including 202 from Egypt, 186 from the UAE, 93 from Lebanon, 72 from Syria, 46 from KSA, 39 from the UK, 29 from the US, 13 from Italy, 12 from France and 8 from Canada.
SBA said preventive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been put in place. Khoula Al Mujaini, SIBF general coordinator, noted: “The participation of a large number of publishing houses amid the prevailing challenge of a pandemic is a testament to SIBF’s integral role in stepping up efforts to revitalise the book industry. It also endorses the confidence of global publishers in Sharjah’s capability to organise one of the world’s top three book fairs in adherence to all global COVID-19 prevention protocols.”
Organisers advised UAE residents who would like to visit the Expo Centre and purchase books to pre-register on SIBF website. SBA added it will also ensure both publishers and visitors comply with all preventive measures, including physical distancing and wearing of face masks.