GUADALAJARA – Over the course of 9 days, Sharjah turned the Guadalajara Worldwide Ebook Honest (FIL) into a worldwide celebration of Emirati and Arab tradition. Whereas collaborating because the Visitor of Honour on the 36th version of the honest, the UAE flag was displayed alongside the exhibition pavilions and partitions with the names and footage of Emirati and Arab authors, creators, and artists on billboards round FIL 2022.
The emirate’s Visitor of Honour Pavilion on the entrance of Expo Guadalajara welcomed greater than 500,000 guests out of the 850,000 that explored the e-book honest. Guests queued to have their names written in Arabic, and took half within the numerous cultural programme, together with workshops, panel discussions, and music performances, with keen attendees lined as much as attempt on conventional Emirati garments in addition to study extra about embroidery strategies, weaving, henna arts and making incense.
The distinguished Emirati authors’ books which have been translated into Spanish by the Sharjah Ebook Authority, have been a large hit in the course of the bookfair, which was evident within the sale of 4,500 copies over the nine-day occasion, with the best demand for the books authored by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. These included acclaimed titles similar to ‘The Inquisition Documents of Crimes against More than Half a Million Muslims in Andalusia’ and ‘I Condemn’.
As a part of Sharjah’s cultural choices, they promoted the Emirati and Arab movie trade by way of the screening of the movie ‘Khorfakkan’, in two of the most important cinemas in Guadalajara. The movie which had Spanish subtitles obtained rave opinions from Mexican media, and tickets have been fully offered out throughout its premiere.
Guests, younger and outdated, have been enthralled by the Sharjah Visitor of Honour Pavilion, which was designed as a row of gigantic books colored with the UAE’s nationwide flag colors. The tour contained in the pavilion encapsulated the emirate’s cultural venture launched underneath the directive and imaginative and prescient of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
Sharjah’s Visitor of Honour Programme included over 200 people representing 23 cultural, heritage and educational establishments within the emirate presenting their most outstanding publications and initiatives within the fields of literature, translation, artwork, libraries and heritage, to carry His Highness’s message and imaginative and prescient to the Mexican bookfair, underneath the supervision of the Sharjah Ebook Authority.
Commenting on the conclusion of the emirate’s participation at FIL 2022, Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi — Chairman of the Division of Authorities Relations (DGR) in Sharjah, and head of the Sharjah delegation — referred to as on Emirati and Arab cultural establishments to observe the trail of the emirate in constructing bridges with cities all over the world. He mentioned: “During Sharjah’s activities at the bookfair, we felt the Mexican’s eagerness to learn more concerning our Arab culture, and build bridges with our nation. It falls on our shoulders as institutions and individuals to follow in the footsteps of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and present the noble and authentic values of our Arab identity and civilisation to the world.”
Sheikh Fahim defined that nations and civilisations worth and have fun their counterparts particularly after studying in regards to the varied facets of their historical past and tradition. He added that the UAE’s participation and the Sharjah cultural venture is a mannequin that brings satisfaction and honour to the nation. He added: “Mexico and other Latin American countries share many authentic values with Arabs, which makes it easier on us to build strong bridges that serve both cultures and their societies.”
The Chairman famous that the energy of relations between nations is put to check by the challenges the world goes by way of, which was evident in the course of the two years of the pandemic. He additionally confused that deepening the relationships between UAE and Sharjah with different nations and cities worldwide, gives higher alternatives to realize the aspirations of the nation’s developmental aspirations. He additionally identified that the efforts of Sharjah on a cultural degree, by way of increasing data bases, facilitating entry to sources of data, and investing within the educational sector, have a direct constructive influence on the nation’s very important sectors, noting that the fruits of those efforts could not all the time appear obvious within the quick time period however quite within the measurement of its influence over time, which might be evident within the sustainability of communication and information change all through the years.
For his half, H.E. Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Ebook Authority, famous: “During the nine days of FIL 2022, we saw the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed AlQasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, which looks at literature, art and knowledge being an open space for the citizens and civilisations of the world to connect and discover how close and similar they are with each other, this outlook was manifested in Sharjah’s pavilion this year. Although there are continents and oceans between our emirate and Mexico, we discovered what unites us in terms of values, history and culture, and most importantly our language and vocabulary, which were learnt and used frequently by the Spanish-speaking visitors of the book fair.”
He added: “Through Sharjah’s participation in the book fair, we wanted to showcase the rich Emirati and Arab culture to Mexico. So we were adamant to present our publishing scene, heritage, libraries and antiquities, as well as other elements from the cultural domain. We also shined a light on Sharjah’s initiatives and projects to explore partnership opportunities with our Mexican counterparts. Today, we are proud of what the Emirati culture is accomplishing in one of the most prominent book fairs in the world. We had the UAE flag adorning the book fair’s walls and our authors and intellectuals were received well by Mexican universities and schools. Every event we organised through this book fair was a manifestation of the importance of cultural exchange and its impact on building connections. We congratulate His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah for this global celebration and this cultural project that showcases our emirate, and congratulations to the UAE for this global presence in Latin America through this celebration of its history and present.”
In her speech in the course of the closing ceremony, Khoula Al Mujaini mentioned: “During our daily activities at the book fair, we felt the strength of the bonds that unite our cities increasing. We have achieved a great deal in facilitating bridges between the Emirati and Mexican peoples, through the exchange of experiences, expertise and creative outlooks about the publishing industry, our belief in the power of the book, and our shared passion for the written word.”
She added, “It was a great honour to present our literary and cultural personalities — including thought leaders, members of the publishing industry as well as artists and musicians — to the cultural audience in Guadalajara. The Sharjah Guest of Honour Programme brought together 24 of our top writers and creators, who participated in 25 sessions.”
On the finish of the closing ceremony, Sharjah handed the Visitor of Honor title to the European Union who will likely be Visitor of Honor of the Guadalajara Worldwide Ebook Honest 2023, the place Al Mujaini introduced a conventional espresso pot and cups fabricated from porcelain and silver, from ‘Hind Designs’ by Sheikha Hind Al Qasimi, as a present to the European Union, representatives.
Along with the cultural program, Sharjah organised 15 heritage reveals in its pavilion and 5 reveals on the primary e-book honest stage, in addition to organising a collection of excursions for Emirati writers and creatives to Mexican colleges and artwork exhibitions in Guadalajara.