UAE: Shah Rukh Khan to attend Sharjah International Book Fair

Earlier this month, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, lit up with a message celebrating the star’s 57th birthday



By Lamya Tawfik

Published: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 3:03 PM

Last updated: Fri 11 Nov 2022, 3:06 PM

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be a guest at the Sharjah International Book Fair this Friday, November 11.

“The legend of Indian and International cinema is coming to Sharjah!” announced the Sharjah Book Authority on their Instagram page.

The global icon is expected to make an appearance at 6pm for the fair's 41st edition. He will be receiving the book fair's first Global Icon of Cinema and Cultural Narrative honour.

The award is SIBF’s initiative to recognise and honour individuals whose efforts in their career have helped transcend cultural barriers, and whose contributions to the arts have created cultural ties between varying identities.

The multifaceted actor, producer and businessman, 'King Khan' – as he is popularly known – has appeared in more than 80 films over a three-decade-long career, and enjoys a mass fan following that cuts across ages and races.

He is best known for his romantic roles in blockbuster hits including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Devdas, and My Name is Khan, amongst a host of other record-breaking hits.

Khan was last seen in a cameo in Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra – his latest film Pathaan is slated to release on January 25, 2023.

Known to be an avid reader and articulate speaker, the actor has often shared his interest in books, and has mentioned how he finds pleasure in reading, using it as a getaway during his hectic work schedule.

Golden visa

Earlier this month, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, lit up with a message celebrating the star’s 57th birthday. Shah Rukh Khan is no stranger to the UAE, as he was the first Indian actor to receive the Golden Visa and was also awarded the Happiness Card by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

Shah Rukh is the brand ambassador of Dubai Tourism and was recently also appointed as an ambassador with Burjeel Holdings, a leading private healthcare services provider in the Mena region and one of the largest in the UAE.

Shah Rukh Khan is one of many international personalities visiting the book fair this year, including Egyptian actor Ahmad Al Sakka, Indian author and motivational speaker Deepak Chopra and Italian author Elisabetta Dami.

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