New Delhi book fair visitors get a crash course in Arab culture
sharjah — As guest of honour at the 27th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF 2019), Sharjah took visitors on a journey that showcased Arab and Emirati culture. The fair saw the launch of Hindi and English translations of the novel
by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
The nine-day book fair that ended on January 13 saw Sharjah put up a pavilion which featured the emirate’s prominent children’s books publishers, and other cultural and academic entities.
Visitors to the fair lined up to have copies of 57 Hindi translations of works by Emirati authors at a book-signing ceremony. The Sharjah pavilion hosted hundreds of Indian visitors at their special calligraphy booth. Emirati calligrapher Khalid Al Jallaf presented them with artworks depicting their names and other messages written in several forms of Arabic calligraphy including Thuluth, Diwani and Naskh Islamic scripts.
Indian crowds gathered at New Delhi’s key landmarks, such as the India Gate, malls like DLF Promenade Mall and NDWBF grounds in Pragati Maidan to enjoy traditional Emirati dances.
Through more than 25 cultural events, the emirate showcased the cultural vision of Sharjah, which lays special emphasis on bringing nations and cultures together through vibrant interactions, and exchange of books and knowledge.
A calligrapher showcases his expertise at the Sharjah pavilion.