Saudi Arabia is the guest country at World Book Fair

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Saudi Arabia is the guest country at World Book Fair

Saudi Arabia the guest country became the centre of attraction in the New Delhi World Book Fair

Saudi Arabia is the guest country at World Book Fair

Saudi Arabia, a major country in West Central Asia, has participated as a guest country in this New Delhi World Book Fair 2024. This is an opportunity for literary and cultural exchange between India and Saudi Arabia. The art, culture, and literature of that place have been depicted well in the pavilion.

As soon as you enter the main entrance of Hall No. 4, your eyes will go to the wall of the stall where a glimpse of Saudi Arabian literature is visible. Here, books on subjects like Saudi history, Mecca-Medina, culture, Arab manuscripts, Saudi dates, archaeology, epigraphy, handicrafts, etc. have been decorated.

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The special thing is that H C Amstrong’s book Lords of Arabia Ibn Saud: The Intimate Study of a King, on Ibn Saud, who founded Saudi Arabia, is also available here. On this wall, some traditional items of Saudi Arabia, such as a coffee kettle, ood burner (burner used for fragrance), apart from some handicraft items have also been placed here.

Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Wasel, Head of the Saudi Delegation, said on the occasion that cultural exchange between Saudi Arabia and India extends to various fields, highlighting the deep ties between the two countries. This association stems from the deep brotherly ties between the two countries, which serves to highlight the rich cultural and intellectual heritage of the state to the Indian public.

The Kingdom’s Showcase features a rich cultural journey run by the Commission for Literature, Publications, and Translations. This will be complemented by diverse cultural commissions such as heritage, music, film, culinary, fashion, and contributions from the King Abdulaziz Foundation. The Kingdom’s showcase at the fair is set to offer a rich tapestry of cultural, artistic, literary, and knowledge-based activities highlighting the contributions of Saudi writers.

The agenda is packed with seminars and discussions exploring the Saudi-Indian cultural nexus, from culinary exchanges to Saudi writer Mohammed Al-Aboudi’s exploratory visits to India.

An attempt has also been made in this fair to show how important it is to be connected to culture even in the modern era.

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The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), being held for the past 50 years, is a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2024 is scheduled to be held from 10 to 18 February 2024 in newly constructed Halls 1-5(GF) at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Fair is organized by the National Book Trust, India (under the Ministry of Education, Government of India). ITPO (under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce) is the co-organiser/venue partner of the fair.

Today, Indian publishing stands poised at a significant crossroads towards the path of growth. NDWBF offers exhibitors a unique opportunity for business in this growing book industry. It is also an ideal venue for promoting titles, co-publication arrangements, and trade. Besides the many literary and publishing conferences and programs that are organized during the Fair, it opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia.

The number of visitors at the World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan increased significantly from last year, but private publishers of regional literature mark a dip in the count of stalls


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