Sultan urges youth to widen knowledge

SHARJAH — With the increasing volume of visitors each year the Sharjah World Book Fair proves a continuous success, projecting the Arab culture through the translated titles, His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, said.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 8 Dec 2004, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:24 PM

Speaking at the opening of the 23rd Sharjah World Book Fair, Dr Shaikh Sultan asked the organising committee to open the door for more participants and attract more publishing houses during the next rounds of the fair. He also purchased a number of books at a cost of Dh1.5 million. The books would be offered to the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information and welfare societies in the emirate.

The fair, which would run up to December 17, includes more than 517 pavilions and more than 700 publishing houses from 42 Arab and other countries.

“We call upon youth, students, women and men, to read more and widen their knowledge of the Arab culture and other cultures across the world. They should benefit from books and spend more time in reading to gain knowledge,” Dr Shaikh Sultan said.

He spoke about satellite TV channels and the programmes that they are screening in the Arab World, pointing out that the content of these programmes are distracting children and youth.

“These channels are screening a violent content which has a serious impact on our children. These programmes should be controlled and managed in accordance with strict guidelines,” he said, urging parents to protect their children from being exposed to the effect of these channels.

Addressing the publishing houses and publishers in the Arab world, he said that the publishing movement should improve with the new facilities offered to publishers in the Arab world.

The Arab world should project a new image of the Arab culture, Dr Shaikh Sultan said, adding that the books, which were translated into Arabic, would be handed over to the University of Sharjah and other educational institutions.

More than 50,000 copies of the books written by Dr Shaikh Sultan would be distributed in Egypt.

The fair’s programme would also include honouring a number of Arab publishing houses and cultural figures, as well as announcing the results of the UAE’s best book award.

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